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XMPP: Chat with a Future

XMPPXMPP is the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol standardized by the IETF. This standard provides the framework for doing anything you want to do with chat, and more. Why is XMPP (formerly known as Jabber) not the mainstream chat protocol? Actually it is. It is the most secure messaging standard: battle-tested, independent, and privacy-focused. And it is the protocol behind Google Hangout and WhatsApp uses a variation of XMPP. But XMPP is more than just that.

XMPP has three strengths: extensibility, vendor-independence, and openness. Continue reading XMPP: Chat with a Future

DANE: The CA game changer

CA-DANE symbol (C++ = D)Securing the Internet is important. However, many design decisions are broken: For example, encrypted web pages are considered less secure than unencrypted pages, even outright dangerous, unless you regularly pay a lot of money to certificate authorities, which have shown to make the Internet less secure.

The new kid on the block, DANE (DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities), shows promise to solve the problems and make ubiquitous encryption a reality. It also increases the flexibility of server administrators as well as speed and simplicity of many processes.

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