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ProtonMail adds support for elliptic curve cryptography boosting speed and security
by Paul Hill
The secure email service, ProtonMail, now supports elliptic curve cryptography for enhanced security and speed, the team behind the product has announced. The company has been working for several months to implement support for new cryptographic methods which provide a faster experience with equal or greater security.
The firm has taken the decision include elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) alongside RSA encryption. It said ECC will become the default for all new addresses on ProtonMail but gives existing users the ability to upgrade their RSA addresses right now. In order to upgrade follow these instructions carefully:
Head to your ProtonMail inbox on desktop. Go to SETTINGS. Head to the Keys menu. Press ADD NEW KEY, select the address you want to upgrade from the dropdown and press NEXT. Select State-of-the-art and then GENERATE KEYS. Under ADD NEW KEY you should see your email address, press the expand arrow. On the ECC row, press the arrow next to EXPORT in the ACTIONS column and select MAKE PRIMARY. That’s it, do NOT delete the RSA key as it’s needed for reading old emails. For those who are using an RSA key, you can continue doing so without following the instructions above and your emails will stay safe. The team does warn, however, that your inbox will be slower than if you upgrade to ECC and this slower speed will be more noticeable on mobile devices than on desktops.
One concern people have regarding encryption is it ability to stand up against quantum computers. The team addressed this concern in relation to ECC, saying:
Be sure to check out the full blog post for more details about ProtonMail’s ECC implementation and to find contact details if you need help or want to ask any questions.
By Abhay V
Here's what's fixed, improved, and still broken in Windows 10 build 18277
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft today released Windows 10 build 18277 to Insiders in the Fast ring. The build is from the 19H1 development branch, meaning it is a preview build for the next major update to Windows 10 that is expected to be rolled out sometime next year. As the development of 19H1 catches pace, major features will begin showing up in these builds.
However, today’s build contains a bunch of new features that include improved Focus Assist, Action Center improvements with the inclusion of a brightness slider, high DPI improvements and more. As usual, there is a long list of fixes and known issues that you have to be aware of that accompany the new features.
Here is the list of what’s fixed in build 18277:
Here are the known issues from today’s release:
Additionally, there is one known issue for developers:
It is advised that you go through the list of known issues if you intend to install the preview build, as they include update status issues and blue screens on PCs that are set up to dual boot. There may be risks involved in installed preview software, especially if you’re running them on your daily driver.
However, if you aren’t enrolled in the Fast ring on the Windows Insider Program yet, you can do so by heading into Settings > Windows Insider Program > Clicking on “Get Started” and enrolling into the Fast ring.
First ISP tests 10 Gbps speeds on existing network in the UK
by Paul Hill
The UK Internet Service Provider (ISP), Hyperoptic, has tested broadband speeds of up to 10 Gbps in the East Village (formerly known as the Olympic Village) in London. The trial is unique because it’s the first time such speeds have been delivered to a UK home over an existing network instead of a dedicated line. As more and more IoT devices come online, the argument for faster speeds continue to grow.
Discussing the need for faster speeds, Sharon White from Ofcom said:
The chief executive of Hyperoptic, Dana Tobak, dismissed concerns which pondered whether such speeds would even be necessary by saying at one point, people asked the same thing in relation to 100 Mbps connections.
Hyperoptic is available to customers in 30 cities around the UK and can reach 400,000 homes. It currently offers speeds of 30 Mbps, 150 Mbps, and 1 Gbps, but said that it would launch a 10 Gbps connection if there was enough demand for it. It would likely start with business customers assumedly because they’d have more money to pay for such a connection. It also noted that there are currently very few computers on the market that are capable of coping with such high speeds.
The company sells 1 Gbps connections for £49 per month for 12 months and then bumps the price up to £63. If they were to offer 10 Gbps connections, you’d be looking at higher costs still, likely starting at £75 or higher based on the existing price structure.
The UK’s lowest tariffs have been stuck on 17 Mbps ADSL connections for the past few years, however, earlier this year Vodafone launched a 38 Mbps fibre optic tier for just £20 per month. Hyperoptic’s 30 Mbps package is also £20 per month. Hopefully these shifts will force the other ISPs will follow suit and make fibre more affordable for those that rely on lower tiered offerings.
Source: BBC News
When I launched my stationary PC this morning, there were some books on the keyboard so it started beeping, i don't know which buttons the books were on and my fans started running so fast and extremely loud.
My pc have 3 fans, 2 of them are running on 3XXX RPM and the other one on 5XXX RPM (https://image.ibb.co/jYAjYw/fan.png), I tried to slow them by using speedfan but it didn't work.
Anyone knows what's wrong?
UK: Public consultation launched into state of mobile
by Paul Hill
Former Labour Party politician and Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission Andrew Adonis has warned that the UK risks falling behind other countries in its next generation mobile and broadband connection if urgent action isn’t taken now increase capacity. His comments were made as part of a broader meeting in Birmingham where mayors from around the UK discussed the country’s infrastructure.
At the meeting, Adonis said:
Adonis highlighted that the UK currently lags behind the United States, the Netherlands, and Japan for 4G and broadband speed. The UK government is currently supporting investment to provide speeds of 24Mbps to 95% of the UK by December and making sure everyone in the country has access to a minimum of 2Mbps.
Industry regulator Ofcom said that it agrees with Adonis that mobile coverage must improve. Current Ofcom rules mean almost every household should receive 4G by the end of this year. The regulator also said it wants to see more people get access to faster broadband.
Source: National Infrastructure Commission via BBC News | Image: TechKhoji