rDigital News: Heartbleed, Google encryptes e-mails, and more

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Is there such thing as a safe space online? Between new updates on the Heartbleed virus and increased privacy settings on e-mails, it seems like the growing network of personal data is constantly at risk.

For the latest news on what data is vulnerable, what tech companies are doing about it, and what we can expect for the future, here is the latest edition of rDigital News:

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Source: http://openclipart.org/detail/192604/heartbleed-patch-needed-by-rejon-192604

New vulnerabilities found in software behind Heartbleed bug

The Internet is still fresh from Heartbleed, the bug that allowed hackers to access a myriad of personal data, and experts say new bugs in the web encryption software have been found. The OpenSSL virus made websites like Facebook, Amazon, Google and Yahoo vulnerable. The new bugs were deemed less of a threat because experts say that they are more difficult to exploit.

For the full story, reported by Reuters, click here.

Google’s new email encryption tool

Between bugs and big government, it is clear that personal data is not safe online. Facebook recently took steps to protect it’s users privacy and according to a statement released Wednesday, Google is following suit. End-to-end is a new Chrome encryption tool to help users scramble their emails. It’s not quite ready for general use yet, but for everything you need to know about what it does, how it works and what this will mean for privacy on the internet, check out this Yahoo Tech report by Alyssa Bereznak.

For more on our data bargain with internet companies, watch this issue of Walrus TV from our privacy series:

Google can’t protect our privacy. What we need are new laws

While Google’s new encryption tool may seem like a step in the right direction, some critics aren’t so sure. Though the End-to-End tool sounds promising, in an op-ed published Sunday in theThe Guardian, John Naughton says, “It won’t stop agents of the home secretary from – lawfully – demanding your private key. And then we’ll be back to square one. We need not just technology, but new and better laws.”



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