Computers - Software Hardware : Think your Skype messages get end-to-end encryption? Think again - Ars Technica

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If you think the private messages you send over Skype are protected by end-to-end encryption, think again. The Microsoft-owned service regularly scans message contents for signs of fraud, and company managers may log the results indefinitely, Ars has confirmed. And this can only happen if Microsoft can convert the messages into human-readable form at will.

With the help of independent privacy and security researcher Ashkan Soltani, Ars used Skype to send a four Web links that were created solely for purposes of this article. Two of them were never clicked on, but the other two—one beginning in HTTP link and the other HTTPS—were accessed, by a machine at 65.52.100.214, an IP address belonging to Microsoft.
 

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Brother Gorilla,

Thanks for sharing, though i'm not really surprised to read such.

Do you think anything on the Internet is private? If so, what things are?

Thanks in advance!

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Brother Gorilla,

Thanks for sharing, though i'm not really surprised to read such.

Do you think anything on the Internet is private? If so, what things are?

Thanks in advance!

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Destee

Yep.

There is still some privacy available out there but unfortunately it always involves effort (working with open source software that isn't friendly for the average person) and discipline (good habits and practices).

The tools are out there though:
  • E-mail can be secured with PGP/GPG
  • Open source instant message clients offer encryption (Adium, Pidgin).
  • VoIP can be secured with tools like zPhone.
  • Web Browsing with TOR can make you more anonymous
  • VPN can provide data privacy
  • Full Disk encryption tools are available for personal computers and other computing devices (tablets, mobile phones, etc)
  • A variety of other encryption tools out there to do things like small containers or individual files.
  • Password management tools that can go a long way with creating a good secure password habit.
  • Text messages and phone calls can be encrypted as well.
  • Other interesting projects (portal, freedombox, etc)
  • Crypto-currencies.
These tools probably need to continue to become easier to use to ever see wide adoption, but in the end new tools probably won't be enough if the legal and political/policy making aspect of civil liberty and the Internet are neglected.
 

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Brother Gorilla ... given the ongoing NSA revelations ... you still think something is private?

If so, how are you so confident?

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There are still private ways to communicate. The EFF and other organizations have been supplying information about how to go about doing it since there's some momentum behind all the spying that's been going on.

I don't think any solution out there will always remain private or be perfect for everyone but there are several things government intelligence agencies always complain about and the one thing that keeps coming up is cryptography. Unfortunately, I think people need to realize that any technical solution needs to come with a change in government and policy.


Something you might find interesting about the adoption of encryption:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...f-encryption-exists-why-doesnt-anyone-use-it/

It makes some pretty valid points about usability of a lot of tools that would help people protect themselves.
 

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