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The ability of authorities to access encrypted messages must be balanced with the security risks. Ink Drop/Shutterstock

Australia’s planned decryption law would weaken cybersecurity

The Australian government's proposed law that would force technology companies to decrypt messages could make Australians more vulnerable.
Tor’s improvements can help users stay private and anonymous online. Anonymous online via shutterstock.com

Tor upgrades to make anonymous publishing safer

The Tor Project is upgrading its protections for internet users' privacy and anonymity. A scholar and volunteer member of the nonprofit effort explains what's changing and why.
What if even you didn’t know your own password? Password via shutterstock.com

Why we should not know our own passwords

As searches of smartphones and other digital devices at US borders become more common, can research and computer science help protect travelers' privacy?
Try to make this the only time you see a ransomware warning notice. Christiaan Colen/flickr

It’s easier to defend against ransomware than you might think

Ransomware – which encrypts your files and offers to sell you the key – operates differently from other malicious software. Those differences turn out to give potential victims a fighting chance.

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