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Facebook Introduces Advanced HTTPS as an Anti Surveillance/NSA Measure

by On June 30, 2013

Advanced HTTPS As the NSA interceptions scandal continues to grow and new stories about illegal wire tapping emerge day by day, the tech companies are beginning to react to the pressure from the public opinion, for example Facebook just announced that it will introduce Advanced HTTPS in order to minimize, or at least to make it more difficult for the National Security Agency to snoop into their users data traffic. Now, we know for a fact that the NSA is collecting information about everything Americans (and the rest of the world for that matter) do when it comes to digital communications. They are intercepting and storing for further analysis phone calls, internet traffic data, SMS messages, emails, internet chats, social network postings (of course, Facebook included), all these via the now famous PRISM program. Advanced HTTPS We know these thanks to the whistle blower Edward Snowden. I hope you’re in tune with the news, because he is now in limbo on an airport in Russia, with his passport revoked by uncle Sam. And also, he is now accused of spying and endangering the national security of the United States. For me, it is unclear why is he called a spy or even a traitor, he just revealed to the American people that their own Government is illegally spying on them. So, if he is accused of spying(by any definition, spying implies you’re providing secret information to the enemy) , that means that in the eyes of the US Government, the American people are the enemy. Breaking news, huh? Moving along with the story, Facebook decided to take action and protect their users private data by implementing a more secure Web encryption protocol,namely the Advanced HTTPS. Their old encryption protocol was very vulnerable to NSA’s decryption software. Now, the Advanced HTTPS use a much more complex SSL encryption key, a 2048 bits SSL certificate, vs the old one which used 1024 bits, the classic HTTP standard. SSL is a data encryption standard which protects the communication between a client and a server. Now, with  Advanced HTTPS, the increased key length makes the decryption of the data more difficult, at least in theory. Because, by all means, it’s not unbreakable. It may be just a PR stunt, but at least it’s a first step when it comes to protecting data privacy on the internet. Source: TheHackerNews        

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