Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Pushbullet now supports end-to-end encryption.

The folks behind Pushbullet do take privacy very seriously and the latest update proves just that. Up until today's update, Pushbullet kept users information private with https protocol. The data was indeed secure from prying eyes, but it was still visible to the Pushbullet folks. Hence today's update that brings end-to-end encryption to Pushbullet across all your devices.

After installing the update, End-to-end encryption will encrypt data "before it leaves your device, and isn't decrypted until it is received by another of your devices." Pushbullet said in a blog post that "setting up end-to-end encryption, you can be confident that your data is only readable when it's shown to you."

Setting up end-to-end encryption requires entering a password on each of your device. The password is not stored anywhere, not even on Pushbullet's servers, hence the manual operation on all the devices where Pushbullet is installed. This is done in the app settings, where a new setting labeled end-to-end encryption has been added.

Currently, end-to-end encryption is supported on Android, Chrome and Windows. Pushbullet announced that the update will also make its way to Opera, Safari and Firefox "after confirming things are working great in Chrome."

The update also brings some improvements to SMS. Version 16.5.4 also makes it possible to select and delete multiple pushes at once. A Clear History button has also been added in Settings. 

Read the blog post over at Pushbullet. Follow the link to Google Play Store to download the the update.

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