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BitTorrent Bleep gets basic offline messaging

BitTorrent Bleep gets basic offline messaging

BitTorrent's secure work-in-progress messaging service Bleep has taken its first step toward offline messaging, the company has announced. Formerly known as BitTorrent Chat, Bleep is a peer-to-peer messaging app that promises to keep one's messages safe from prying eyes, something that in itself made offering offline messaging problematic. Though that issue hasn't been fully resolved, BitTorrent has taken a "basic" step toward offering it by allowing users to send offline messages...with one catch.

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Detekt tool hunts down government spyware on your PC

Detekt tool hunts down government spyware on your PC

Government surveillance is a hot topic, and as news about the extent of such monitoring keeps coming, many individuals have wondered at one point or another whether any of their own data is under some agency's watchful eye. To help (potentially) ease your paranoia is a new open-source malware tool called Detekt, which its maker Claudio Guarnieri -- with support from the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- says will help you determine whether your computer is infected. The malware detector is available for Windows users.

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BitTorrent Sync Beta Review: we’re ready for 2.0

BitTorrent Sync Beta Review: we’re ready for 2.0

The basic premise for BitTorrent Sync is sound: send a folder to a friend or colleague from your device to theirs in as simple a fashion as possible. You can keep that connection open indefinitely, or your can close it after a short period of time. It doesn't rely on cloud servers to do the work, it relies on your computer and the computer you're sharing with. Next year, BitTorrent will be releasing Sync 2.0 and a Pro edition for those users that wish to roll with premium features.

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Researchers claim 81% of Tor users can be identified by router information

Researchers claim 81% of Tor users can be identified by router information

Internet users who don’t want to be tracked have many tools at their disposal. One of the most commonly used tools is Tor. Tor is a free software platform and open network that is designed to allow users to defend against traffic analysis as they surf the web. Users of Tor want to keep their business activities, relationships, and privacy secret. It appears that Tor may have a significant flaw.

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State Department unclassified email system shutdown for repairs

State Department unclassified email system shutdown for repairs

The US State Department has shut down its entire unclassified email system after a suspected hacker attack. The email system was shut down it give techs time to evaluate and repair any damage done by the hacking attack. The first word of the attack came Sunday from a State Department official who said that "activity of concern" had been noticed on the email network around the same time as a similar incident targeting computers at the White House was noticed.

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Snapchat is asking users to stop using third-party apps

Snapchat is asking users to stop using third-party apps

The knock on Snapchat of late is that it’s not secure. That’s a largely fair complaint about the service, which has given up plenty of data to hackers, even though it’s meant as a ephemeral service that keeps nothing. Snapchat blamed third-party apps for the vulnerability, and today have taken the first steps toward securing their platform. Or at least educating users on the difference between Snapchat and a third-party app. In a bold move, Snapchat is actively asking users to stop using those off-brand apps.

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Manything app update brings remote features

Manything app update brings remote features

With home security becoming easier to get hold of, one small issue remains. There are solutions — popular ones, too — but home security cameras are still fussy, and often require a heft investment. Manything doesn’t ask that you make any kind of big investment, though. In fact, Manything is a free app, with free cloud recording, and works with a device you may already have. Could it really replace the home security camera, though? For many, it just might, and might even be a better option.

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Windows Phone surprisingly survives HP Pwn2Own contest

Windows Phone surprisingly survives HP Pwn2Own contest

You can say what you want about Microsoft's mobile platform, but apparently, Windows Phone is a rather tough nut to crack. This revelation came on the second day of HP's Pwn2Own hacking contest, with this round targeting browsers of mobile devices. One contestant tried to gain control of the phone by attacking the browser but ultimately failed to break through the sandbox. That said, there was still some access gained, so Windows Phone didn't completely emerge unscathed, surviving with just some war wounds and probably a bit of pride.

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