Skype to Support End-to-End Encryption

Looks like Microsoft tries to give more privacy for its users
22 August 2018   951

End-to-end encryption will work for all users of the latest version of Skype installed on devices based on Windows, iOS, macOS, Android and Linux. The option is not enabled by default, it needs to be activated in each new chat.

Features

  • To start an encrypted chat, you need to select a user from the contact list and click "Start a private conversation". The feature works if both parties have the latest version of Skype installed.
  • All calls, messages and files are encrypted before the end of the conversation.
  • End-to-end encryption works only in one conversation and only on the device where it is launched. When you move from smartphone to computer, for example, you will need to start a new chat room to ensure privacy. All previous correspondence will remain on the phone.

Microsoft has already reported on 256-bit AES encryption for Skype. Company started considering end-to-end encryption in the beginning of 2018. On January 12, Microsoft announced a partnership with Open Whisper Systems to create Skype chats protected by end-to-end encryption based on Signal's open source protocol.

LineageOS Team to Report on Project Updates

Since March, the number of assemblies provided by the project replaced CyanogenMode has increased to 36 devices
03 July 2019   516

The developers of the LineageOS project, which replaced CyanogenMod after abandoning the project of Cyanogen Inc, published a report on the development of the LineageOS 16 branch based on the Android 9 platform. Since March, the number of assemblies provided by the project has increased to 36 devices. Recent changes are noted:

  • AOSP’s Night Display now controls night mode (on recent devices only, such as those with a Snapgragon 820 or more recent)
  • LiveDisplay remains available for all its other features
  • The volume panel can now be expanded to control all the various volume streams
  • The volume panel can now be optionally relocated to the left
  • Expanded quick settings are back
  • Detailed views for the following tiles are available: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Mobile Data, Location, Profiles
  • New default wallpaper and a new wallpapers app with many new, and old, wallpapers
  • Other than the usual nature, urban and abstract themed wallpapers, monochromatic and gradients wallpapers are now available
  • Privacy Guard now supports apps in the Work Profile
  • It’s possible to add up to two LockScreen shortcuts again
  • Circle battery is back after being missing since LineageOS 13.0
  • Notification ringtone level can be unlinked from phone calls ringtone level
  • GPS battery saving mode can now be enabled from the Settings
  • Vim has been updated to version 8.1
  • Nano has been updated to version 4.2
  • Fixed issue were using certain private DNS caused devices to crash thanks to backported fix from Q
  • Support for bluetooth SBC DualChannel HD has been added (both 15.1 and 16.0)
  • Performance improvements for Eleven (music player app) (both 15.1 and 16.0)
  • Updated call recording configurations (both 15.1 and 16.0)

Additionally, developers mark the termination of the formation of assemblies LineageOS 15.1 for Google Nexus 4, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, Nvidia Shield Tablet, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9 + and ZTE Axon 7.

Get more info at official website.