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Starbucks app teaches users to check security, experts say

The weak protections for customer data in Starbucks' mobile-payment app is a "wakeup call" for consumers who should never assume the apps they use in their smartphones are secure.

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Encrypted messaging startup Wickr offers $100K bug bounty

The company hopes to tap the security research community to find potential problems

Yahoo starts encrypting all email, but implementation is inconsistent

The company's HTTPS implementation still needs some improvements, an SSL expert said

Hackers easily hijack Windows crash reports, report says

Microsoft transmits a wealth of information from Windows PCs to its servers in the clear, claims a security researcher.

Report on NSA 'secret' payments to RSA fuels encryption controversy

Key issue is whether RSA overlooked crypto-algorithm's weaknesses to generate revenue from government contracts.

Encrypted text messages may soon be on the way to some Android phones

CyanogenMod wants to roll out a encrypted text-message feature for Android phones to ensure that no one's peeking in on conversations.

on techhive.com

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Anatomy of a hack: Team meets a professor's challenge

An NYU professor challenged a team of hackers to break into his online world. They did, but it wasn't easy or cheap.

Security experts praise Google's tougher encryption

Google's faster-than-expected upgrade of all its SSL certificates to an RSA key length of 2048 bits will make cracking connections to the company's services more difficult without affecting performance, experts say.

Is your encryption truly secure? TrueCrypt audit effort smashes fundraising goals

Privacy geeks the world over rely on TrueCrypt to encrypt their most private data, but the program's bones have never been thoroughly poked over. That's changing soon.

NSA-dodging services launch Dark Mail Kickstarter to create truly secure email

Email as it is today can never be truly secure, so the makers of Lavabit and Secure Circle want to drag email into tomorrow via their Dark Mail Kickstarter campaign.