Encryption

Notice more battery drain while using a VPN? Here’s why…

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) adds a middleman between you and the end server in an internet connection, acting as a relay that helps enhance your privacy. It does this by cloaking your real location, and in many cases, encrypting your internet traffic to prevent snoopers from seeing what you’re doing as you browse the web.

Editor’s Desk: Apple’s changing encryption story, patient data access

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A news story at the beginning of the week shows a very changing position for Apple, which has focused for years on customer data access freedom and privacy but appears to have changed its tune when it comes to encryption. There's also news from the electronic medical records (EMR) industry, which may get shaken up this year thanks to new rules imposed by a federal government agency that oversees how medical records are maintained.

iMazing lets you perform truly secure encrypted local backups of iOS devices

Following the revealing report by Joseph Menn for Reuters alleging that the FBI “about two years ago” pressured Apple not to encrypt iOS device backups in iCloud, many iPhone users seem unhappy with this news. As an alternative, backing up your iOS device locally using iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC (or the Finder in macOS 10.15 Catalina) lets you retain ownership over your data versus having the contents of your device uploaded to iCloud.

How worried should you be about Apple and end-to-end encryption?

A new report out today says that Apple has not implemented end to end encryption on iCloud backups at the behest of the FBI. Apple hasn't verified the report, but it has other reasons not to encrypt iCloud backups. In the end, I don't worry too much about the absence of end-to-end encryption in iCloud, because it's to my benefit. Let me explain.