Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Smart Homes Need Smart Communities

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Home automation may not be described as life-altering just yet, but it is pretty cool to be able to control your lights from a smartphone app, change your music automatically as you walk into a room and enjoy a comfortable temperature without lifting a finger. Your home can customize itself to your habits, and save you money in the process. That’s all great, but does it really make the world a better place?  
To make home automation a world-changing concept, we need to think bigger. Technologists have been myopically focused on the benefits of individuals and families one home at a time, but there is an unexploited strength in numbers when it comes to connected homes. The benefit of home automation to a society could be so much more if smart homes were scaled into fully connected smart communities.
Consider the current drought in California. A homeowner can save 25 gallons of water— about the amount used for a five-minute shower — per day by purchasing an aftermarket smart irrigation system. That’s a great start, but 25 gallons barely amounts to a drop in the bucket when it comes to a drought like California is experiencing.
But what if all 500 homes in a connected community had built-in smart irrigation systems? That would scale to 12,500 gallons saved in a day. If we took it a step further and installed smart water systems into one-quarter of the new homes built in the U.S. last year — 125,000 — we could have saved more than 3 million gallons each day, and more than a billion gallons a year.

Building Tomorrow’s Connected Communities

Home builders and technologists both have the power to make incredible change. If they come together to shift the focus from home automation to community automation, the impact could be that much greater.
Imagine a community where everyone’s home is built to connect to a smart network the same way they connect to an electrical grid. The barriers to entry of adopting connected technologies would be nearly eliminated because the entire expense of the underpinning technology could be rolled into a mortgage, just the same as any other feature in a new home. And for the consumer, this beats the daunting process of making your existing home smart by buying a series of aftermarket “connected” devices that may not even be able to speak to one another.  
For the industry to not just grow organically but rapidly, tech giants and homebuilders alike must step up and design home automation to benefit communities as a whole.
In this world of community automation, a common platform would be installed throughout the entire neighborhood, and users would not have to grapple with today’s disparate home automation platforms. Installing one platform across all houses creates an instant network. While home automation is still in the early adoption stage, with only 6 percent of consumers feeling that the era of the smart home has already arrived, owners of existing homes without a pre-installed connected platform could be encouraged to retrofit their homes as the benefits of living in a smart community become clear, thus creating an even larger network.

The Network Effects Of The IoT

Once IoT infrastructure is in place throughout a community, usage will grow exponentially. People will see how others have benefitted from using connected technologies and will want to do the same. For example, applications that make the water usage of neighborhoods transparent to one another can motivate nearby families to take steps to meet their community average or goal. By gamifying the experience, the competitive nature of human beings can change the environmentalist narrative from “What can I do?” to “What are they doing that I’m not?”
The specific contexts of individual homes could be taken into consideration, as well. Having the ability to filter comparative homes by factors such as number of children and the cardinal direction (southern-facing homes would be warmer and require more energy to cool) will make it easier for homeowners to understand how their usage stands up to similar use cases in their community.
When an industry does rally around a big idea to benefit society, change can happen quickly.
With a clever app that runs on top of a connected platform, a homeowners’ association could run challenges and offer rewards and recognition. And you can amplify the message through social channels to encourage even more broad-scale social change. Imagine the next “ice bucket challenge” being entire communities or cities challenging each other with the “save water challenge.”
Government bodies that preside even higher than the homeowners’ association could use the quantitative insight to offer other incentives, such as tax breaks, much in the same way they do for green automobiles that consume only a fraction of an average home’s energy.
Municipalities have a vested interest in lowering water use because they are under severe restrictions set by state and federal governments. Yet they can only make their money from the tax dollars of the homes built in their jurisdiction. They desperatelyneed a solution that allows them to have their cake — new homes and new tax dollars — and eat it, too, by meeting the regulations for water usage.

Creating Platforms With The Community In Mind

The need to better connect communities has now been recognized by the federal government, which this week launched the first-ever Smart Cities Week, in support of a National Smart Cities Initiative. As part of this initiative, the National Science Foundation (NSF) committed nearly $40 million to help intelligently and effectively design, adapt and manage the smart and connected communities of the future.
With the government putting its stake in the ground to foster the development of connected communities, it is now up to technology companies to make this significant change a reality. Home automation platforms are competing and separate — see Apple’s HomeKit and Google’s Brillo/Weave — and use cases are in their infancy and heavily geared toward the individual homeowner buying aftermarket equipment to retrofit their home. For the industry to not just grow organically but rapidly, tech giants and homebuilders alike must step up and design home automation to benefitcommunities as a whole.
The benefit of home automation to a society could be so much more if smart homes were scaled into fully connected smart communities.
Apple and Google should work with major homebuilders to help create these connected communities of the future — going so far as to offer to pay the full cost of adding this equipment to pilot communities. They should set a goal to bring online within the next two years dozens of new communities that are all wired from the start.
Google is rolling out its Fiber in select cities. But that’s not really adding the front-end technology — like smart lighting, irrigation, thermostats, security and the software that could drive these devices — that is necessary to transform the way communities work together to save money and use resources more effectively.
By helping to create connected communities, Google and Apple could show the world the true benefits of home automation — and that will jumpstart the whole rest of the aftermarket.
When an industry does rally around a big idea to benefit society, change can happen quickly. This will inevitably happen with home automation, but California could use a little extra water now. Let’s lay the groundwork today for a more connected future.

NeoKylin OS is China's own Windows XP

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One thing we have learned when looking into North Korea’s Red Star OS, is that, while a number of foreign governments claim that they want nothing to do with American companies, their efforts in coming up with home-grown replacements for their IT infrastructure, is invariably inspired by either Microsoft Windows, or Apple Mac OS X.
By this same token, the People’s Republic of China has made considerable strides in partnering with Linux developers, in response to Microsoft’s end of support for Windows XP.
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The result was NeoKylin OS, a Linux-based operating system that looks and feel like Windows XP, in nearly every aspect. Even further, the Chinese government has gone through lengths to replicate, or mimic, bits and pieces of Microsoft Office, to provide government employees a set of built-in productivity tools.
Past rumors have hinted to China building its own proprietary operating system, with a tentative October 2014 release. The operating system’s original rumors entailed an App store, and proprietary cloud storage.
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The problem with creating an operating system from scratch is that it’s a daunting task, and one that no company has ever bothered with, since the dawn of Linux, an OS on which nearly all new operating systems, with the exception of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X (a Unix-based operating system), are built upon, including Android, Chrome OS and Tizen. Even Microsoft’s own wearable fitness tracker Band, runs on Android, which is built on a Linux core platform.
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A recent YouTube video published by Quartz shows just how similar NeoKylin is to Microsoft Windows XP. The Similarities however are merely a way to ease the transition for thousands, or even millions of Chinese government workers, who have been issued Windows XP laptop and desktop devices, for the past 15 years, with no attempts made to provide upgrade options to, at the very least, the still supported Windows 7.
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Ironically, the inception of NeoKylin in China, which is currently distributed in 40% of Dell PC, isn’t likely to make a single dent in Microsoft’s revenue, as Windows licensing in China has always been rather difficult to track due to widespread piracy. If anything, Microsoft has reportedly been providing the Chinese government with copies of Windows 7, and the recent partnership with China based Baidu, has created an entry point for Windows 10, with Chinese consumers.
Currently, an estimated 27% of Chinese PCs still run Windows XP, with a large chunk belonging to government-issued devices.

Windows 10 activation guide

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Learn how to activate Windows 10Here's everything you need to know about how to find your Windows 10 product key and howactivation works on Windows 10. How to Activate Windows 10. Microsoft official Windows 10 activation guide.

Microsoft has rolled out a new document which might be useful for Windows 10 users. This document covers various aspects of activation of their operating system. Since the activation methods for Windows 10 are different from previous Windows versions, this is worth paying attention to.
From the released guide, it is clear that at least one new method of activation is available for Windows 10. While it is possible to activate Windows 10 using a traditional product key, the free upgrade offer reveals another method of activation called digital entitlement.

According to the document, once you upgrade from a genuine copy of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, it can always be activated later without entering a product key on the same device. In certain scenarios (mentioned below), you can just skip the product key page of the setup program and enter nothing. Specifically, skipping the product key is possible when you use one of the following scenarios:

  •    You upgraded to Windows 10 for free from an eligible device running a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and you reinstall Windows 10 on the same device where you had genuine Windows 7 or 8.

  •     You bought genuine Windows 10 full edition or Pro upgrade from the Windows Store and successfully activated it. Then install it on the same PC.

  •     You're a Windows Insider and upgraded to the newest Windows 10 Insider Preview build on an eligible device that was running an activated previous version of Windows and Windows 10 Preview.


Windows 10 stores online information about your hardware. Once it detects that you activated Windows earlier on the same PC, it will become activated automatically. There will be no need for you to go through the re-activation process again.

If you make significant changes to your hardware like replacing your motherboard, then Windows 10 might no longer remain activated. In that case, you must call Microsoft customer support.

The document covers the various scenarios in detail. Interested users can read it HERE.

Monday, September 28, 2015

How to Enable Fast Startup in Windows 10

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This setting might be enabled by default in your Computer. With this option enabled, your system will boot much faster, therefore it is recommended to set it to enabled. It starts fast because Windows saves system information in a "hiberfil.sys" file when you shutdown, Windows then triggers this file when you start your Computer again.

How to Enable Fast Startup in Windows 10
Today, when I started my PC, I noticed it stared very slow than usual. When I checked if someone has disabled fast startup, the option wasn't there. Later, I found that someone has disabled hibernate in my PC. Please note that Fast Startup will only work when the hibernate is enabled. If you'll disable hibernate, then fast startup will not work.

If hibernate option is enabled in your system then you can easily turn on the fast start from Power Options. You can find the settings here ==> Settings > System > Power & sleep >Additional Power Settings > Choose what the power buttons do (this is explained in detail below). If you can't find the Fast Startup settings there, then follow the following steps.

Note: Restart isn't affected.
  • Open Command Prompt as administrator. To do this, press Windows key + X and select Command Prompt (admin).
  • Now type "powercfg -h on" without quotes and hit enter.
How to Enable Fast Startup in Windows 10
  • Open Settings (press Windows + I to open it) and click on "System". Then click on "Power & sleep" and click on "Additional power settings" link under "related settings" section.
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  • Now click on "Choose what the power buttons do" from the left sidebar.
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  • Click on "Change settings that are currently unavailable", scroll down and under Shutdown settings section, put a check on "Turn on fast startup" by clicking on it. Leave if the option is already checked.
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  • Save changes.
  • Done! Your system will now boot much faster than before.
That's all! Feel free to comment below, if you faced any trouble, I will be happy to help you.

How to enable Windows Spotlight in Windows 10 Build 10547?

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Windows 10 has introduced the Windows 10 lockscreen experience. If you are using Windows 10, then you must have noticed that the lock screen displays some vibrant and amazing pictures and the computer asks you for your feedback if you like the image or don’t like it. The images are the best shot collections from Bing images and this new lockscreen is called the Windows Spotlight. The WIndows Spotlight feature is not onyl a simple lockscreen feature but it is greatly personalized to the user’s preferences. If the user has liked a picture of an animal, kittens or puppies, then Bing will try showing similar images to him/her. If a user has disliked a graphic image, then Bing will no more show him/her that type of image.
How to enable Windows Spotlight in Windows 10 Build 10547
Previously, this feature was only available to Windows 10 Home and the feature was appreciated by one and all. Now Windows spotlight has been made available with Windows 10 Build 10547. So Windows 10 pro users can now avail this feature.
1. First open the Settings app.
2. Now tap on Personalization.
3. Go to the Lockscreen category.
4. Under Background option, change it to Windows Spotlight.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

21 Apps to Boost Productivity, Accountability and Success

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21 Apps to Boost Productivity, Accountability and Success

No matter how you work or what type of business you run, being productive is a must. But techniques and strategies aren’t enough if you don’t have the tools needed to implement them. Fortunately, there’s an app for that!
Here are 21 apps that are guaranteed to boost your productivity, accountability and success:

1. Asana

While there are tons of different project-management apps out there,Asana is by far one of my favorites. Once set up, this app helps you reduce internal email, delegate tasks and check the status of your projects from one central dashboard.
Related: 8 Crucial Apps for Hacking Everything From Lunch to Project Management

2. Venmo

If you need to send payments quickly and securely, this is your app. With no forms to fill out and no fees for payment, Venmo is a great alternative to solutions such as Paypal.

3. TripIt

Tracking travel is important -- not just for organizational purposes, but for expense and tax filing as well. TripIt succeeds in keeping all of your important information in one place.

4. Focus@Will

Distraction is a huge challenge facing most business owners, but it’s one that can be avoided. If you like to listen to music while you work, check out Focus@Will, an app that provides special playlists designed to improve focus and bolster creativity.

5. UberConference

Conference calls on the go can be hit and miss, but not withUberConference. This app lets you to see participants’ LinkedIn profiles and record your meetings so you don’t lose an important point.

6. Evernote

One of the most versatile note-taking and storage apps available,Evernote is accessible from any device. The cloud-based app allows you to store, edit and tag documents for effortless organization.

7. Square

Whether you need to take payments on the go occasionally or frequently combine work and travel, Square is the app that can make it happen.

8. Producteev

Delegation is an important part of business success, whether your team is large or small. Producteev, a powerful task management program, allows you to easily assign tasks to other team members, as well as hold them accountable.

9. FlipBoard

Staying up to date on news and industry changes is easy withFlipBoard. Don’t waste time flipping between a dozen different websites -- this app summarizes your favorite feeds in one place.

10. Pocket Analytics

Every business owner should know the status of his or her business at all times, and that includes web analytics. This app provides an easy-to-read mobile overview and a dashboard that tracks multiple services.
Related: Microsoft Brings Document Scanner App to iPhones, Android

11. Contactually

Keeping in touch with members of your network is important, and Contactually makes it easy. Allowing you to segment your contacts and assign follow-up cycles to each category, this app makes sure you never lose touch with your team or your prospects.

12. Refresh

Ever shown up to a meeting, only to be embarrassed by your lack of knowledge about the person you’re connecting with? With Refresh -- which syncs with Facebook, LinkedIn and other services -- you’ll have all the information about the person you’re meeting and your past interactions at your fingertips.

13. Sunrise

If you’ve got multiple calendars floating around, you need Sunrise. This easy-to-use calendar app connects seamlessly to all major calendar services, allowing you to stay on task and productive.

14. TrackMaven

Staying ahead of your competition is a challenge, but TrackMaven can help. The app can optimize your content distribution and help you identify marketing opportunities, while also tracking your competitors’ content and strategies.

15. Invoice2Go

Never forget to invoice a customer again! This app enables you to send professional-looking invoices quickly, no matter where you are, ending overlooked billing and forgotten amounts due.

16. Skitch

Skitch makes it effortless to add markup or annotations to existing content. If your job involves providing frequent feedback, this app makes it easy to give and simple to understand!

17. Mint

Proper money management is important, whether you’re saving up personally for an upcoming expense or a Fortune 500 company managing a vast number of people and resources. With Mint, you can get a quick snapshot of your financial situation any time you log in to your account.

18. EchoSign

Never find yourself scrambling for a scanner again! EchoSign lets you to sign vital business documents electronically and records your document history, making future document audits painless.

19. Hootsuite

Save time on your social media marketing efforts by managing all of your social profiles in a single app with Hootsuite. It’s an easy way to take the pain out of maintaining and updating multiple accounts.

20. Box

Box is a cloud storage system that helps you track your projects in real-time -- an essential feature if you work with a remote team. Even better, the program’s responsive design allows Box to be effective no matter what device you use.

21. IFTTT

A great app with a huge range of applications, IFTTT allows you to create programs that respond to events with a certain action. For example, the app can be used to send an Instagram post to Facebook, or to send you a text if a weather event is brewing in your area. The possibilities truly are endless.

Top Windows Phone and Windows 10 Apps of the Month

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During the course of a month, I look at a lot of apps and games from the Windows Phone and Windows 10 Store. Through reviews, the AdDuplex HERO App posts, the myAppFree deals and other posts I can easily cover over thirty titles. Add what the other staff members cover and that number grows dramatically.
For this weekend's roundup, I'm pulling together a handful of apps and games that stood out from the Windows Phone and Windows 10 titles covered this month. I'll try to keep things balanced with a mixture of games and apps, but that may not be possible every month.
There is no rhyme or reason to this list beyond the fact that I found these titles to be entertaining, useful and would easily recommend them. If you have tried any of these titles, let us know in the comments below if you agree or why you disagree.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Oculus’ New $99 Samsung Gear VR Makes Serious Virtual Reality Affordable

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At half the price of its last mobile VR headset, the new $99 Oculus-made Samsung Gear VR is cheap enough to unlock virtual reality for the mainstream. Revealed today at the Oculus Connect conference, it works with the whole 2015 line of Samsung Smartphones including the Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, and S6 Edge+. It will ship in November in time for Black Friday. Compared to the $199 previous Gear VRs that only worked with fewer phones, this headset will be a lot more accessible.
The new Gear VR is 22% lighter, making it more comfortable to wear. The trackpad on the temple of the headset also now has a tactile directional pad on it so your finger will know where it’s touching. The previous Gear VRs had a smooth trackpad and sometimes it was to tough to know if you were touching it or just the unsensitive shell of the headset when you couldn’t see for yourself.
There’s also a new Gear VR Gamepad which all the Oculus Connect conference attendees will get for free. It features an Xbox-style dual-stick design.
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While many are highly anticipating the flagship Oculus Rift headset release, the fact that it needs to be wired to an expensive gaming computer means it will have a much more niche audience. But the Gear VR and other mobile headsets like Google Cardboard that people can carry around with them and easily share with VR n00bs are what will bring the medium to the masses.
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How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to an Earlier Version of Windows

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So you’ve grabbed the free upgrade, installed the all new Windows 10 and given it a try for a couple weeks. Now if you don’t like Windows 10 for whatever reason, be it for the privacy issues, learning curve, or program incompatibilities, you can easily downgrade to your previous version of Windows with just a few clicks. The good thing about downgrading is that you will get to keep all your programs, files, and settings intact
In fact, a smooth upgrade and downgrade process is one those improved features of Windows 10. And if you would like to downgrade, here is how you can to a previous version of Windows from Windows 10.
Note: even though I’m downgrading to Windows 7 from Windows 10, the procedure is the same even if you want to downgrade to Windows 8 or 8.1.
Before downgrading from Windows 10, there are a few things you should know and do.
1. Downgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 only works if you’ve upgraded your machine to Windows 10. So, if you’ve done a fresh installation of Windows 10, then you cannot downgrade.
2. You only have a month from the date of the installation of Windows 10 to downgrade from it. After that you may not be able to downgrade. Make sure to make up your mind before you run out of time.
3. Any settings you’ve applied to your Windows 10 machine will be lost as a part of the downgrading process.
4. If you’ve secured your previous version of Windows with an administrator password, then make sure that you have that password with you. Otherwise you may not be able to log in after downgrading.
5. Though the downgrade process is smooth, make sure that you have a good backup of all your files.
6. You may sometimes need to reinstall certain programs. This is not likely to happen, but be ready for it.
Downgrading from Windows 10 is easy and straightforward. To start, click on the “Notifications” icon and select the “All Settings” option.
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The above action will open the Windows 10 Settings panel. Select the “Update and Security” option.
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Once the Update and Security panel has been opened, select the “Recovery” option from the left sidebar.
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On the right panel of the window, you will see the “Go back to Windows 7” option. Just click on the “Get Started” button to start the downgrading process. If you have used Windows 10 for over a month, you will not have this option.
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The above action will bring forward a window asking for a reason for your downgrade decision. Simply select an option and click on the “Next” button to continue.
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Windows will show you some need-to-know stuff. Read it and click on the “Next” button to continue.
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As I said before, if you’ve used a different password for your previous Windows installation, then make sure that you have it with you. Click on the “Next” button to continue the procedure.
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Finally, click on the “Go back to Windows 7” button to commence the downgrading process.
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At this point, you’ve done everything you need to do. Just sit back and wait while Windows downgrades your machine. Depending on your previous Windows installation, the downgrading process may take a while.
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Once the downgrading has been completed, you can start using your system. Of course, you may still need to configure some settings, and if you find any problems with the installed applications, then you may also want to reinstall them.
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In the future, if you ever want to give Windows 10 a try again, you can do that for certain. After all, Windows 10 is free for the first year.
Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about downgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.

It’s official: Android-powered BlackBerry Priv (Venice) coming this year

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BlackBerry announced today that its first Android-powered device, the BlackBerry Priv, is coming by the end of the year.
The announcement, part of BlackBerry’s quarterly results report for Q2 FY 2016, comes after a flurry of leaks, including an extensive hands-on look we brought you last week.
BlackBerry Priv, formerly known by its internal codename, Venice, is BlackBerry’s first foray into Android, which the Canadian company tried – and ultimately failed – to fight off with its own operating system, BlackBerry 10.
“Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform,” said BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen. The device promises “best in class security for enterprise customers,” as part of the company’s “heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy.”
The Priv will become available late this year in “major markets in-store and online.” More details, including the price and exact availability details will be revealed in the next few weeks.
The oddly named Priv can be viewed as a last-ditch effort to stay in the loss-making handset business. BlackBerry announced revenues of $490 million in Q2 FY2016, a little over half the same period last year. In the past, John Chen implied that he won’t hesitate to abandon the handset operations, and in this context, adopting Android appears to be one last desperate measure. That said, BlackBerry won’t ditch its own OS, with a major update announced for March.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ProtonMail Adds Support For Facebook PGP

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Facebook added support for PGP encryption this June, enabling users to import their public PGP key to be able to encrypt any emails sent to them via Facebook.
Today, end-to-end encrypted email provider ProtonMail has added support for PGP encrypted Facebook emails — allowing Facebook users to get their encrypted missives automatically decrypted within ProtonMail. The feature works within ProtonMail v2.1, on both web and its mobile apps, once users have imported their ProtonMail public key into Facebook.
The Swiss startup, which was founded last year, has raised more than $2.5 million — via crowdfunding and VC investment — to build a secure encrypted email service in Europe in the wake of the Snowden government surveillance disclosures. As of August ProtonMail had invited 500,000 sign-ups into its beta.
ProtonMail says the PGP support in v2.1 works for any PGP message sent to a ProtonMail account from any sender (so not just messages sent via Facebook) — emphasizing that this is one of the benefits of following the OpenPGP standard.
“If we truly want to have a more private and secure internet, working together will be crucial and we applaud Facebook for sticking with open standards,” the startup writes in a blog post announcing the support.
“As OpenPGP is universal, in the future, we will also be able to integrate with countless other services. We are glad that giants like Facebook are supporting these efforts and if more companies join in, the movement to improve privacy online will be unstoppable,” it adds.
ProtonMail says support for OpenPGP has been one of the most highly requested features since it launched. “In the coming months, we will be extending this feature to also allow automatically sending PGP messages outside of ProtonMail,” it adds.
Today Facebook has also extended its OpenPGP support to include OpenPGP’s standard elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) public keys. In a blog about this, the social network also makes a point of noting how users are requesting PGP support. “We’ve also heard from several organizations that support for Facebook PGP is a popular request from their customers,” it writes.
Moves to strengthen encryption by tech players large and small aren’t going to put any smiles on the faces of government intelligence agencies. Only last week Andrew Parker, the head of the U.K.’s domestic intelligence agency MI5, went on BBC radio calling for “wider co-operation” from Internet companies to pass user information to security agencies.
Parker specifically referenced the spread of encryption across the consumer Internet as a problem for intelligence gathering. Yet there’s no doubt the global nature of the Internet makes it all but impossible for any one government to push a minority view.
The MI5 chief conceded “international agreement and arrangements” would be needed to obtain the kind of ‘co-operation’ they are seeking. So moves by more companies to adopt strong encryption — and to make using it easier for average consumers — are an important provision in the fight for online privacy. Although political pressure on encryption, and on the technology services that are enabling more consumers to adopt encryption, is unlikely to let up.
Only this week the founder of pro-privacy messaging app Telegram confirmed that ISIS extremists are using the app to communicate. Which flags up the kind of ethical conundrum Parker was suggesting Internet companies are facing. However Pavel Durov went on to argue that privacy — and therefore properly implemented encryption — is a matter of principle.
“I think that privacy, ultimately, and our right for privacy is more important than our fear of bad things happening, like terrorism,” he said during an on stage interview at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. “Ultimately the ISIS will always find a way to communicate within themselves. And if any means of communication turns out to be not secure for them, then they switch to another one. So I… still think we’re doing the right thing — protecting our users privacy.”