- HTTPS Now campaign keeps up pressure for a more secure web
EFF posted an announcement of a follow up to the release of the HTTP Everywhere browser add on. Augmenting the browser only helps where sites and services make secure connections available and support them well. This new campaign nicely keeps up pressure and attention on sites that haven’t wised up to the need for more consistent use of SSL encryption. Prominently features is a listing of sites that are and are not offering HTTPS connections and details on how strong the crypto is where applicable. The site also offers resources to help site operators who are convinced but may still have questions.
- Step forward in harnessing quantum teleportation for communication
Slashdot links to a PopSci article describing the latest research in trying to get one of the odder but more promising quantum effects to do useful work. The work improves on previous efforts by being both faster and not losing any information along the way. The list of techniques employed though suggests it has a long way to go before instantaneously shuffling of quantum bits around the globe is practical.
- Change in ToS reveal Dropbox can, now will reveal your data to law enforcers
Slashdot has links to more complete explanations but in a nutshell Dropbox has always claimed even they couldn’t read your data but that turns out to be far from credible. Their new terms explain under what circumstances they’ll turn data over to law enforcers which implicitly that they’ve always been able to access user files. Now is an excellent time to do what I did which is to add your own encryption on top of Dropbox for sensitive or critical files.
- A taxonomy of reasons to pay for digital media that is otherwise freely available, Cory Doctorow
- Nottingham hackspace loses home, asking for help on down payment for a new one, BoingBoing