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Wickr adds a Mac client to its free ultra-secure messaging family

I took a look at Wickr for iOS more than a year ago. It offered free and extremely secure messaging between others with the Wickr app. At the time of the review, I longed for a Mac client, and now one has just been released. It has all the features of the Wickr iOS app, and there now are apps for ...

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Digital StrongBox simply stores securely

Digital StrongBox is a simple app to securely store personal information, notes, photos, and videos on your iPhone or iPad so that it is safe from prying eyes. It uses AES-256 encryption, which is certainly strong enough for anyone's purposes and protects your data behind a 4 to 8 digit access c...

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How to easily add secure FileVault passcode to your Keychain

Since I have a terrible habit of losing things, I decided to encrypt my Verbatim "Tuff-N-Tiny" USB drive. This was a simple matter of control-clicking the drive name in Finder, choosing "Encrypt" and then setting an encryption password. I also decided to use 1Password to generate a nice, secure, l...

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Amazingly fast and file transfer with Send Anywhere

I don't typically think of moving files between devices as being very difficult. Then again, I'm an old geezer and remember "sneakernet"-moving files by physically carrying them around on floppy discs because there was no network. It's really not that hard to transfer files anymore and there are l...

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Apple starts encrypting iCloud emails

There's good news for privacy-minded Mac users; Apple has improved the quality of iCloud's email security. All emails sent or received via iCloud email is now encrypted, even when sent to a third-party email service. Previously only emails sent between iCloud users was encrypted by Apple. While t...

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iOS 7 isn't encrypting email attachments

According to Apple's own support documentation, iOS provides data protection on all devices that offer hardware encryption -- specifically the iPhone 3GS and later, all iPads, and the third-generation iPod touch and later. By adding a passcode to your device, data protection "enhances the built-in...

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Weekend App: viaProtect will give you some strong hints about your iPhone's security status

viaProtect is a free app that will take a look at where your iPhone data is going, and where it is coming from. The app also says it can point you to apps that tend to leak data or are otherwise insecure. The app will look at what is being encrypted from your device, and finally, it will provide a r...

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Phil Libin shares some insight on Evernote's future

Fortune has had a quick chat with our friend Phil Libin, the CEO of Evernote, a company that has grown by leaps and bounds since we last talked. Evernote was popular back when it simply tracked notes and photos. Today the company has acquired Skitch and a few other companies, and is making inroa...

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Daily Update for May 10, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requi...

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Apple receives iPhone unlock requests from law enforcement

The encryption on your iPhone is apparently secure enough that law enforcement agencies are waiting in line to have Apple "crack" the lock and provide data to be used as evidence. According to a report by CNET, Apple has the ability to decrypt seized iPhones and has created a waiting list to handle...

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Daily Update for April 4, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requi...

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VPN for the rest of us: Interview with WiTopia

VPN, aka Virtual Private Network, is a technology that lets you securely share data across public networks. For the most part, when I think VPN, I typically imagine work-related corporate or federal government accounts, or people accessing the net in countries with excessive government surveillan...

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Silent Circle to offer secure, private iPhone operation

Two former Navy SEALs have teamed up with cryptographers including PGP developer Phil Zimmermann to develop an iPhone app to provide military-level encryption for unlimited VoIP phone calls, texts, email and video for US$20 per month. Silent Circle debuts on the App Store next week, filled with...

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Mountain Lion 101: Finder encryption via contextual menu (updated)

[Post updated, see below.] Whole-drive encryption isn't one of the sexiest features in OS X, but it's nice to know it's there. FileVault 2 (introduced in Lion; the original FileVault began in 10.3 Panther) can be very useful, especially for Mac users with sensitive information on their hard drive...

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DropKey app encrypts Mac files, free through Sunday

WellRed Apps launched its DropKey file encryption app for Mac last month, but realized that there's one issue with gaining widespread acceptance -- it takes two to tango, and it takes two copies of DropKey (one each for sender and recipient) to send files securely. The company had been giving a...

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