Whatsapp encryption doesn’t protect you from everything

This article was originally published on The Daily Vox

Even though the FBI finally managed to crack into the iPhone of the San Bernardino killer without help from Apple, the battle over protecting our personal information from third parties has only just begun. On April 5, Whatsapp fired a massive shot in that battle and rolled out end-to-end encryption for all its 1 billion users. But what does that actually mean for you? STUART LEWIS spoke to some experts to find out.

Ever since the dawn of the information age, people have been worried about their personal information being stolen by some balding white dude in wrap-around shades and a Matrix-style leather coat who lives in his mom’s basement (if popular culture representations are anything to go by).

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While that doesn’t even come close to describing how hacking actually works (though you should definitely check out the mostly accurate way it’s portrayed in Mr Robot, which is a TV show you should be watching anyway), the fear of a stranger getting to read our most private thoughts or having access to information we would rather stayed private is very real. What makes the fear even worse is how easy it actually is to get that kind of information. Even our credit cards (except those new chip cards) are comically unsecure.

Read the full article here.

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