Following Facebook Posts

If you are like me, I don’t want a lot of Facebook notifications in general, but I am apart of some Facebook groups that post things that are informative that I would like to keep track of.  People normally respond somehow with ‘following’ or some random text on the post to get notified of updates. This is messy.

A simpler way to follow a post is to look for the little down arrow in the corner of the post. When you click this arrow, you will be presented with a pop-out menu with the option of turning notifications on for a post. Here is what it looks like:

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Pretty simple. This should work for just about any post.

Secure Email vs. Encrypted Email

I often find there is always this misunderstanding when it comes to the security of email. The term, secure email, is often over used and often mistaken for something it’s not. Many email services use this as a selling point, and don’t really explain what it really means.

To use some simple analogies, I hope to show you that secure email really isn’t secure. Email was never really designed for secure communications between sender and receiver and the technology behind it doesn’t really support the protocols to make it secure either. In recent years, email providers have taken steps to help improve security, but it has created a false sense of security for its users.

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Encrypted Messaging – Part 1 of…

Over the past few months I have been looking at different messaging application such as WhatsApp and Line.  While I realize there are a ton of them out there, including the standard SMS, iMessage, and… does Google Android have their own proprietary messaging service, Google+ Hangout perhaps? These services have faced a number of similar challenges and issues and a number of them have been in the new facing allegation of privacy and weak security including the ever popular Facebook WhatsApp, Viber, and Snapchat.

Enter apps like Threema (iOS & Android), TextSecure (Android),  surespot (iOS & Android) , and Wickr (iOS & Android), to name a few.

I’ve been using Threema the past couple months and really like it.  Threema is a end-to-end encrypted messaging
tool that ensures communications are completely secure and private. Threema does all the encryption on the device before sending it to its servers to relay to the recipient. According to Threema’s website, it provides several layers of encryption:

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