Encryption refers to the technology that protects your communications from being read by unwanted third parties. It scrambles the text of messages when you send them; they can then only be unscrambled by their intended recipient. Many government agencies and rogue groups eavesdrop on messages as they are transmitted across the Internet. Encryption ensures that whatever they pick up is unreadable to them, because they are not its authorized recipient.
The mistake that made the DNC hack possible
Don't be like DWS. Be like Guccifer 2.0.
Russia begins collecting encryption keys while internet companies, like Facebook, stay silent
So far, WhatsApp, Viber, and Telegram haven't said a public word.
Will the DNC hack push politicians to finally use encryption?
Security experts say encrypted emails and chat apps are the right move.
Facebook rolls out end-to-end encryption for Messenger app
But not everyone's happy about it.
How one NASCAR team was held hostage by a hacker and forced to pay a ransom for its data
Malware made racing team hit the brakes.
Why won't the password die already?
Passwords need to die—so why can't we kill them off?