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Protonmail – Secure Email From Switzerland

Have you ever heard about email security, encryption, NSA surveillance, metadata, Edward Snowden, Apple vs. FBI …? If you have, then you probably know what encryption means and how hot topic privacy is nowadays. If you haven’t, take you head out of the sand and start reading news. If you are looking for more secure way to communicate, there are multiple options available like Telegram, Signal, iMessage, but email is still quite vulnerable. This is where Protonmail steps into picture.

I am in a process of trying to find an alternative for my private email. Protonmail has been one option for me but it has lacked a mobile client until the last week when they released first public releases of iOS and Android clients. So I decided to give it a try and write a blog post about it.

Protonmail

If you are not familiar with the Protonmail, here it is in a nutshell. Protonmail is an email service which is designed to protect users’ privacy from the day one. Reading between the lines, Protonmail is starting from the email first, but in the future they will provide other services too. Traditionally using secure email has been too difficult to use for an average user – using encryption required too much knowledge. Protonmail wanted to change this and they made using a secure email easy:

“At ProtonMail, our goal is to guard against mass surveillance and we feel the best way to do that is to give encryption to everybody. The only way to do that, is to make encryption easy to use.” Continue reading Protonmail – Secure Email From Switzerland

Bitbucket security flaw? – Accessing a private repo through another user’s fork

I have used Bitbucket in the past for a few software projects. For some reason I ended up to login to the Bitbucket and noticed that there are still bunch of old forked repositories. Most of them were not up-to-date anymore because they haven’t been updated against the original repositories for a few years. But then I saw couple of forks, which were updated recently and they got my attention.

If I don’t have access to the original repositories anymore, how come these repos are up-to-date? Continue reading Bitbucket security flaw? – Accessing a private repo through another user’s fork

Know who is tracking you

Nowadays security and privacy is a hot topic and after all the leaks during that last few years people are more conscious of their rights too. In practice it’s difficult to know who actually tracks you when you are online because there are so many things happening in the background while browsing the web. The biggest motivation for tracking web users, is money – to get money from ads and sell user information/statistics.

For an average user it’s not so easy to figure out who is tracking you or how to prevent it. Luckily Firefox has Add-ons which can be used for installing different plugins. Some of them are good and some of them are not so good. I managed to find nice Add-on called Lightbeam. Continue reading Know who is tracking you

Solu – Rethinking the computer?

Vaadin organised nice and small Solu event here in Turku on Saturday. The event took place at the Vaadin’s office and what’s the most important thing for nerds, there were pizza and drinks served for free. It was refreshing to see this sort of event here in Turku, which is quite dead when it comes to IT industry and events around software and hardware companies.

If you don’t know what Solu is, here’s it in a nutshell –  Solu is a small (handheld) personal computer which is designed to be a social, cloud based computer enabling easy collaboration with your colleagues or friends using completely new UI. You can turn Solu into PC by attaching an external display to it and then Solu device works as a touchpad and keyboard can be used via Bluetooth.

Solu users pay monthly subscription fee, which includes cloud services, apps and basically everything you need for using the Solu device. This also means that Solu users don’t need to pay anything for apps because all the apps are included to the monthly fee. Continue reading Solu – Rethinking the computer?

Fixing Continuity for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

Bad news for Apple fan boys – Apple isn’t perfect. I’ve managed to get new iPhone 6s Plus in my hands and I naturally wanted to try out its cool features such as Continuity. If you do not know what it is, it’s a mechanism which can be used for continuing work between different Apple devices. For example you can start composing email on your iOS device and continue it on Mac or start composing iMessage on Mac and continue it on your iPhone. You can also use it for receiving or making phone calls on your mac. For all the features check Apple’s Continuity page, but I believe you’ve got the picture now. Continue reading Fixing Continuity for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan