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marvellous Hogmanay present from Isabel
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LastPass security issues. Thanks to Mitch for the link.
How to obtain encryption keys to decrypt the LastPass vault in different scenarios
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I notice an issue with the standalone MacOS client app - not sure if that is appropriate here?

The issue is that it doesn't seem to re-connect after an interruption. Occasionally the MacOS app pops up, tells me it's disconnected, and says re-connecting, but it never succeeds.

Killing the app, and immediately restarting it, gets everything working again.

anything I can try...?

thanks.
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Looks like I may have been mistaken.

The problem isn't that Airdroid doesn't reconnect.

Instead, it does reconnect, but the notification box that pops up - saying connection interrupted - doesn't get removed when Airdroid does manage to reconnect.
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Just cancelled my ADSL broadband, after many years.

Fibre connection incoming; 150Mbps --- nice.
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exim latest version uses this
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Isabel; fame at last.
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You will be needing a bigger house/tree next year.
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ha yes was short of time to get the vernacular correct :-(
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and the man himself liked my Tweet; made my day :)
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It's a disappointment that secure messaging is not widely used. But it's not a surprise.


I've had a PGP key for more than twenty years; none of my friends routinely use PGP for email. And some of them are geeks.

Ditto S/MIME. I've started digitally signing my email, and already am getting the "what is this attachment I can't make sense of?". Even Gmail doesn't support it, so what hope is there?

Perhaps it's me, I thought; I need to embrace new technology. Installed +TextSecure , allowed it to import my Contacts, and let's see who is registered. Ah, just one other person.

The others, the non-geek public, don't care that much about security. The way to get them using it, accepting it, is to bundle it, invisibly, in apps they want to use for other reasons, e.g. convenience.


For there to be any point in secure messaging, it has to be "highly secure", which at a minimum should include end-to-end encryption (where the server/provider involved, if any, cannot read your message). TextSecure has this, as does the Secure Chats mode of +Telegram App, OTR, and no doubt many other solutions.

Otherwise, you might as well just use something like Hangouts; I think Google use TLS security for Hangouts connections (?), which covers you against local wire eavesdropping.

If you don't trust Google - and many don't - why would you trust Telegram (other than in end-to-end Secure Chats mode)? Their code may be open-source, but who knows what they are doing with your messages on their servers, where they can read them?

[Come to that, how do we know that the Android versions of either TextSecure, or Telegram, are built solely from the same open-source code?]


For it to be widely adopted, highly secure messaging needs to be both easy to use, and convenient.

Apps like TextSecure make it easy to use, but are still far from convenient.

For example, I'd like to be able to be able to seamlessly continue a conversation when moving between devices. Doing that, whilst retaining a high level of security, is hard (impossible?). Well, I could use AirDroid's screen mirroring, but... yuck.

Telegram (etc) offer convenience, but only by sacrificing security, e.g. losing end-to-end encryption. In that case, why not just stick with Hangouts?

It doesn't help that TextSecure, for example, don't even offer a desktop version (even without convenience features). A version is under current development, but as a Chrome browser plug-in. Having a highly-secure desktop messaging service only available embedded within a proprietary Google browser doesn't seem ideal, though, does it? And is Javascript up to the job? Their Android app doesn't install on my tablet - why? I don't mind if it's not perfectly designed for the larger screen, just lemme use it.


So we're left with the option of trading high security against convenience. That's not necessarily bad in itself, but it would seem to reduce the likely users to those who really need the high level of security, e.g. journalists, activists, people living in certain countries. It's great that things like TextSecure exist, for those users.

For the rest of us, including us geeks who want to use it just because it's fun, the lack of convenience means we don't bother. Can't see this changing in the next twenty years.
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I use textsecure and Wickr (hit me up!).
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