Bridgefy launches end-to-end encrypted messaging for the app used during protests and disasters

Offline-messaging app Bridgefy — which innovatively uses Bluetooth and Wi-fi — became known as the go-to app by thousands of protesters around the world to keep communications going even when oppressive regimes blocked or shut down the Internet. Recently, activists in Nigeria and Thailand have urged supporters to download the app, as last year, when protesters in Hong Kong downloaded Bridgefy to face the government’s censorship of phone services or data connections. In the last 12 months, the startup says it’s reached 2 million downloads. And since the events of the weekend, when Turkey and Greece were hit by an earthquake, the app is now trending on app stores for those regions.

Bridgefy is now publishing a major new update, with a new, crucial feature for activists: end-to-end encrypted messages. This will allow people to securely send and receive messages when they don’t have access to data and will use

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Zoom Launches End-to-end Encryption, but With a Catch

Not before time, Zoom has finally gotten around to adding end-to-end encryption to its online videoconferencing service.

The security feature, announced by the company on Monday, October 26, is available now for free and paid accounts globally.

Encryption works for the Zoom desktop client version 5.4.0 for Mac and PC, the Zoom Android app, and Zoom Rooms, with the Zoom iOS app pending App Store approval, the company said.

Account administrators can enable the feature in their web dashboard at the account, group, and user level. Participants must also enable the feature to join a meeting set for end-to-end encryption.

“When users enable E2EE (end-to-end encryption) for their meetings, nobody except each participant — not even Zoom’s meeting servers — has access to the encryption keys that are used to encrypt the meeting,” the company said in a release.

“If enabled, the host can toggle on and off E2EE for

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Optus turns to AWS for help with becoming ‘end-to-end’ cloud solutions supplier

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Optus has turned to Amazon Web Services (AWS) for help with its goal of becoming a “leading supplier” of integrated cloud solutions in Australia.

Through a “strategic collaboration agreement” with the cloud giant, Optus will offer customers new “end-to-end cloud services”, such as consultancy, advisory, migration, and managed services, to customers.

Optus will build a dedicated business unit that works with AWS Professional Services. Optus said working with AWS’s specialist team of cloud experts would allow it to provide customers with help in building new applications on AWS and provide the ability to scale faster as they move to the cloud.

“This collaboration significantly boosts Optus’ cloud offering and provides an elevated experience for our customers,” Optus Business managing director Chris Mitchell said.

“As part of our strategy to become a leading supplier of integrated cloud solutions in Australia, we are excited to double down on our

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