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Suggestions for naming Signal groups

Suggestions for naming Signal groups

— For roughly two years, I’ve been using Signal Private Messenger to exchange encrypted text messages with my family and some of my close friends. Earlier this week, my dad got a new phone and, at the same time, a new phone number. Adding his new number into several Signal groups revealed some shortcomings in the arbitrary names of the groups to which he belonged. Group names are shared When you create or change the name of a Signal group, remember, it doesn’t just apply on your device; it applies on every member device in the group.
Would encryption have changed the election?

Would encryption have changed the election?

— The 2016 U.S. Presidential election is over and settled, so the question I’m posing is basically a thought experiment at this point, but it’s worth pondering: Would the judicious use of modern encryption have changed the outcome of last month’s U.S. Presidential election? To be clear, I’m not talking about the e-mail server scandal that involved Hillary Clinton at the State Department. To borrow the language of the infamous Wells Report, it’s “more probable than not” that the former secretary of state violated the law — and she certainly violated any reasonable judgment — by using a private e-mail server located in her home to pass classified information.
Interrupting over four months of blog silence

Interrupting over four months of blog silence

— I’m interrupting over four months of blog silence to announce two things: First, I had to transition to a backup phone this morning, meaning my Signal database has a new set of keys. I posted a page with an image of my Signal public key if you’d like to use it for verification. Second, Kathryn and I are heading out on a road trip this afternoon. I’ll post status updates for those among you who want to know we survived the long drive through the desert.
Install Signal on your smartphone now!

Install Signal on your smartphone now!

— Are you using an iPhone or an Android-based smartphone? Have you installed Signal yet? If not, please stop what you’re doing and install it now! iPhone Android Why Signal? I owe a debt of gratitude to my good friend Dan for bringing Signal to my attention last year. Actually, he told me about its predecessors TextSecure and RedPhone for Android, which were just recently combined into a single product. Unfortunately, I initially confused the two with similar products with slightly different names and took no action.