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Whats app encryption shouldn’t give safe havens for cyber crime


The US has raised an alarm over end-to-end encryption of all messages from Facebook-owned Whats App, saying that strong encryption should not provide cyber safe havens to terrorists and child pornographers.

“It (Whats App decision) doesn’t change our policy or our view of how the federal government and the technology industry can and should be able to work together to ensure that strong encryption can be robustly deployed without giving terrorists or child pornographers or other bad actors a safe haven in cyberspace,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

“It’s complicated and it’s technical, in part because these policies and the technology itself is rapidly changing. It means that we need to have a policy that can adapt along with it. That kind of innovation is healthy,” he noted.

Earnest said work has been done together with the messaging app for fighting cyber crimes like child pornography.

“There are areas where we’ve been able to work together to get this done, including fighting things like child pornography. And hopefully when it comes to keeping the American people safe from terrorism, we should be able to work together to stop that, too,” he said in response to a question.

On Tuesday, WhatsApp, which has more than a billion users, said it has introduced encryption to all its services.

“Encryption is one of the most important tools, governments, companies and individuals have to promote safety and security in the new digital age. Recently there has been a lot of discussion about encrypted services and the work of law enforcement,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.

“While we recognise the important work of law enforcement in keeping people safe, efforts to weaken encryption risk exposing people’s information to abuse from cybercriminals, hackers, and rogue states,” it said.

WhatsApp said end-to-end encrypted messages can only be read by the intended recipients.

“And if you’re using the latest version of WhatsApp, you don’t have to do a thing to encrypt your messages: end-to-end encryption is on by default and all the time,” it said.



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WhatsApp encryption: 7 things to know


WhatsApp recently announced that all messages sent on its service are now fully encrypted. The latest version of the app will use security technology that means that messages can’t be intercepted as they travel between devices. Encryption ensures that only a message’s sender and recipient can read messages, stopping them from being intercepted on their journey.

Seven things you need to know about this new security feature.

1. What exactly is it?

WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption is available when a user and the person he/she messages to is using the latest version of the app. According to WhatsApp, “Many messaging apps only encrypt messages between you and them, but WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption ensures only you and the person you’re communicating with can read what is sent, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp. This is because your messages are secured with a lock, and only the recipient and you have the special key needed to unlock and read them. For added protection, every message you send has its own unique lock and key.”

2.How can I activate this feature?

All of this happens automatically, you don’t need to turn on settings or set up special secret chats to secure your messages.

3.Dose this include WhatsApp calling too?

Yes, just like your messages, WhatsApp calls too are encrypted end-to-end. This means that WhatsApp and third parties can’t listen to them.

4.What about media?

All media which includes video, audio, images and files are also encrypted end-to-end.

5.What about Groups?

Group chats will not get the encryption feature till even one of the group members is on an older version of WhatsApp.

6.How do I know if my messages/calls are encrypted?

WhatsApp lets you check whether the calls you make and messages you send are end-to-end encrypted. Users have the option to verify after tapping on the message that reads the conversation is “Messages that you send to this chat and cals are now secured with end-to-end encryption.” The user can then view a QR code and a 60-digit number. You can also scan your QR code or compare the 60-digit number with the person you are chatting with.

7.How is WhatsApp doing this?

WhatsApp is using ‘The Signal Protocol’, designed by Open Whisper Systems, for its encryption. The company claims that the protocol has been specifically developed to keep third-parties like cybercriminals and government officials away from private communication.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/computing/-WhatsApp-encryption-8-things-to-know/articleshow/51739353.cms?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=TOI


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Tips for preventing credit/debit card frauds


As per looking cases of credit/debit card frauds I like to give some tips. This tips are looking simple in reading but it makes you well secure from this kind of frauds.

  1. Never provide photocopies of both sides of the credit card to anyone. Card verification value (CVV) which is printed on the back side of the card. Which is use for online transactions.
  2. Never click on links in email seeking details of your account, it may be phishing emails from fraudsters. Almost if there is genuine email from company it will ask for visit their official website.
  3. When you doing payment online by credit card make sure that is that site secure? (https).
  4. Never give any information to persons seeking credit card information over phone.
  5. Notify your bank/ credit card issuer if you do not receive the monthly credit card statement on time.
  6. If a credit card is misplaced or lost, get it cancelled immediately.
  7. Never share you PIN number to any other person. Even don’t write or save your PIN number in mobile.
  8. Frequently change your PIN number.
  9. Keep register your permanent mobile number for transaction updates on mobile via SMS.
  10. If any unauthorised transaction happen from your card, Block your card immediately.