privacy

secure communication on your smartphone

Welcome back to minimal security! This post is about how to communicate securely with your friends on your smartphone. I am sure we are all worried about sending our cat videos through insecure channels. Fear not! There are messaging apps that will protect you with minimal effort on your side. There is a myriad of […]

minimal security

This is going to be my first attempt at writing consequently and with intent. Up until now, my blog and my posts have been a collection of thoughts, impressions and unstructured information. I have been toying with the idea of putting more effort into my writing and my blog. I decided to make a public […]

telegram – a revision

In several previous posts i promoted the use of Telegram. After using it for quite a while now and reflecting about the app i have to change my recommendation. While Telegram itself is a nice WhatsApp alternative that offers similar features, now i do feel that it actually fails its purpose and is using somewhat misleading PR […]

the passing of time

It has been a while since i have been posting. Looooooads of things happened in the security world. There were sad stories, funny stories and even hilarious stories(Obama and the China backdoors?! chichi). There were a few reasons why i stopped posting. University kinda kept me busy so i had little time, in addition i […]

people don’t care about surveillance 2.0

– and that is wrong! Last weekend i was at a friends house and we got into the whole NSA, Snowden, surveillance debate and i had an epiphany why in the Post-Snowden era still nobody really is concerned and fighting for freedom. One of the most common misconceptions about digital surveillance is that you can evade […]

CITIZENFOUR

On January the first the documentary CITIZENFOUR by Laura Poitras and others about the revelations of Snowden started in local cinemas in Austria. I had to wait until the 2nd to be able to watch it due to family ties. This post can be considered a review of the movie of some kind and a […]

upribox – the all-in-one easy to use privacy box for your home

Markus Huber, lecturer at FH St. Poelten and Researcher at SBA-Research, started a project to come up with an easy to use box to enhance privacy for everyone. This project is still in an early phase but it is a nice initiative you should look out for. It will be easy to use and easy […]

there are no free lunches

– or “smart means exploitable” If you follow Mikko Hypponen you should know that he recently had an AMA* and a TEDx talk in Brussels. The TEDx talk has been published on Youtube and you should watch it. It is an appeal to everyone in the digitised world – everyone should show courage and conscience and […]

prism break, your alternatives when you think there are none

This week in a lecture at university we were talking about crypto tools and their advantages, disadvantages and of course about snake oil. Most of the stuff is already known to people who are privacy and or security conscious but there was something i did not know about and i think needs more promotion. It […]

everyone is a murderer and a rapist – the dark world of surveillance executives

If you followed the news lately you may have noticed that a number of higher up politicians and people in important surveillance positions have announced that they are concerned about our safety. With the big impact of Snowdens revelations people started to protect themselves with the help of crypto systems. According to officials like FBI […]