Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened

Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened

Five years ago today, WhatsApp completed our roll out of end-to-end encryption, which provides people all over the world with the ability to communicate privately and securely.

How to Make the Most of a Virtual Therapy Session

How to Make the Most of a Virtual Therapy Session

Akudo Ejelonu, a Philadelphia-based global health researcher who has been in virtual therapy for several months now, says, “It’s OK to interview your therapist in order to see if you feel good about working with them.” The more comfortable you feel with your therapist, the greater your capacity to get the most out of your session.

Google Is Testing End-to-End Encryption in Android Messages

Google Is Testing End-to-End Encryption in Android Messages

Google has begun rolling out end-to-end encryption for Rich Communication Service , the text-messaging standard the industry giant is pushing as an alternative to SMS.As Ars reviews editor Ron Amadeo noted last year, RCS interest from carriers has been tepid, so Google has been rolling it out with limited support.

WhatsApp Is Adding Disappearing Messages—With Some Limits

WhatsApp Is Adding Disappearing Messages—With Some Limits

Every chat will start with the feature off by default, and either party choosing to turn it on will trigger a set seven-day auto-delete window.

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

By doing so, they can now take advantage of Signal’s end-to-end encryption, which means that no one—not the government, your phone company, or Signal itself—can read the contents of messages as they pass between devices.

Please, Please, Please Don't Mock Conspiracy Theories

Please, Please, Please Don't Mock Conspiracy Theories

The harder you try to disprove theories about Satanists or the Deep State to people already convinced that you’re in on the conspiracy—or are sympathetic to the evil them—the more likely believers are to respond to your debunk with obstinance.

Google Is Finally Rolling Out its Own RCS in the US

Google Is Finally Rolling Out its Own RCS in the US

The only power RCS has comes from the fact that your carrier might do it, which would instantly upgrade the baseline messaging service it offers on (at least new) phones.

Inside Olympic Destroyer, the Most Deceptive Hack in History

Inside Olympic Destroyer, the Most Deceptive Hack in History

The data centers in Seoul, however, weren't reporting any such problems, and Oh's team believed the issues with the contractor were manageable.The Olympics' official app, including its digital ticketing function, was broken too; when it reached out for data from backend servers, they suddenly had none to offer.

How Companies Like JPay Are Making Millions Charging Prisoners to Send An Email

How Companies Like JPay Are Making Millions Charging Prisoners to Send An Email

If she wanted to send a card, a prison official told her, Jones would have to pass along her greeting electronically using JPay , a company bringing email into prison systems across the nation.

A Brief History of Smartphone Notifications

A Brief History of Smartphone Notifications

This was just at the time when cell phones all looked like this, a nine-keypad at the bottom and a little tiny screen, and all you could basically do is text and [make and receive] phone calls.

Google’s Latest Message: We’re Just Here to Help

Google’s Latest Message: We’re Just Here to Help

“We’re first trying to solve the user problem here," said Aparna Chennapragada, vice president of Google Lens & AR. Aparna Chennapragada, vice president of Google Lens & AR, said it was too soon to discuss whether the helpful new services would use the same ad-based business model as search.

Facebook Messenger Lets You Unsend Now. Why Doesn't Every App?

Facebook Messenger Lets You Unsend Now. Why Doesn't Every App?

(Also note that Facebook apparently did not bother asking those questions when giving the power to Zuckerberg and other company executives.) “With a feature like Remove Message, we wanted to carefully balance flexibility and control with protecting our users from abuse of the feature,” says a Facebook spokesperson.

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup

“Hi Ashton Kutcher (or the person who hacked his Twitter account)”—look, I may have been throwing words into the void but I didn’t want to look gullible —“my name is Caitlin Kelly and I’m a journalist at Wired Magazine.

Private Messages Are the New (Old) Social Network

Private Messages Are the New (Old) Social Network

Morris, for example, sees posting something publicly to a Facebook feed as a yearning for interconnectedness, while a private messaging thread is a quest for what she calls attunement, a way to strengthen a bond between two people.