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A newly discovered security flaw in Intel processors allows hackers to steal any data that’s been recently accessed by the processor. On cloud servers, it is speculated that this could allow an attacker to steal information from other virtual machines running on the same cluster.

The attack utilizes CPU side channel issues known as Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS), described in CVE-2018-12126, CVE-2018-12127, CVE-2018-12130, and CVE-2019-11091.

It is not known whether the speculative attack, dubbed “ZombieLoad”, has ever been used by malicious hackers. The flaw was discovered and disclosed to Intel by researchers from Graz University of Technology, and Intel has issued patches for the vulnerability approximately 18 hours ago.

We're happy to announce that already the patches have been deployed on all of Cryptee's Cloud Infrastructure, and the speculative execution vulnerabilities have been mitigated.

We strongly recommend our users to follow updates from Apple, Google and Microsoft to patch their own personal computers using the following links :

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210107

https://support.google.com/faqs/answer/9330250

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4093836/summary-of-intel-microcode-updates

This month's update brings a few widely requested new features, performance improvements for Photos, lots of bug fixes, and some under-the-hood preparations for the upcoming month's big update.

Copy / Duplicate Docs

Copy Documents

You can now easily copy / duplicate your documents & file. A lot of the users have requested a way to easily copy / duplicate documents to create templates.

For example, you can now create a standard template for your weekly meeting notes, and quickly make a copy of it for the new week's meeting.

KaTeX Improvements & Warnings

KaTeX Errors

Many KaTeX / LaTeX users have requested a way to see if their formula has errors, typos or mistakes. Needless to say Cryptee cannot predict what your formulas are, however it can now warn you if you're missing brackets, parentheses, or made syntax errors.

A New, more performant Cryptee Photos

This update extends last month's iOS performance improvements, and brings an all new 60fps gesture-controlled photo viewer. Cryptee Photos can now preload, decrypt and show your photos in mere milliseconds, allowing you to swipe through your photos in 59-60fps.

In addition, if you have a massive gallery or even an album full of tens of thousands of photos, you can now scroll through your album in 60fps, and Cryptee Photos will preload, decrypt and show your thumbnails as quickly as you are able to scroll.

That being said, if you have more than 100,000 photos in the same album, you may want to categorize your photos better to find them easier.

Closing notes

That's all for this update! Other than hundreds of bug fixes of course.

Hopefully these new features will make you feel more at home while using Cryptee, increase your productivity, and bring happiness to your life overall!

Needless to say, if you like these new features & updates, please consider subscribing to the paid plan. It's cheaper than a cup of coffee, and together we can make the internet a safer and more private place.

All the very best from Northern Europe, John

This was a busy month for Cryptee's development. This update comes packed with fantastic new features, improvements, changes and performance boosts. So much so that, there was no way to fit all these changes into the tiny news box on the homepage anymore. A lot to cover, so let's not lose time, and start right away!

Cryptee for iOS just got a lot better & faster!

Ever since launching Cryptee back in June 2018, a lot of iOS users have been asking for improvements to Cryptee's iOS app. Things like faster switching-time between apps, better ways to multi-task, drag & drop from other apps and more. 

But most importantly, so many users have been asking for a “native app”, assuming that none of these features would be possible to achieve with a PWA. well... now these are all possible and still with a PWA!

First of all. The iOS app now runs at 60fps on capable devices, launches instantly, and continues where you left off when you're switching between other apps. Here's a quick video!

Multi-tasking on iOS!

If you're a fan of multi-tasking on your iPad, this update is for you!

You can now view your PDFs on Cryptee side-by-side with your document, and continue editing your document all at the same time. This used to be a desktop only feature, but now it's available on iOS as well. You can see this in action in the first video, but here's a screenshot:

Side-By-Side

Also, the iOS app can now work in multi-tasking mode. So you can drag and drop images or text into Cryptee from other apps without ever leaving Cryptee. Here's a video showing how this works:

Please note that these features require iOS 12.2. So if you haven't updated your iOS to the latest version, now is a good time.

Cryptee Docs Performance

Unlike most other secure / privacy services, everything, including file-names & folder-names are encrypted on Cryptee. This means that Cryptee's staff can't even see what your files / documents or folders are called. But this has a performance side-effect. Every time you load Cryptee Docs, first all your file-names & folder-names have to be downloaded and decrypted before Docs can start in the first place. This used to be a rather time-consuming process, delaying the amount of time it takes for you to launch Cryptee Docs and start writing your documents.

This update brings some improvements to the start-up process. Cryptee now builds and stores a small encrypted index & cache on your device the first time you launch Docs. So next time you launch Docs, this encrypted index & cache is used instead, and only the changes are downloaded & decrypted, allowing Cryptee Docs to start up under 2 seconds even on slower devices.

Presentation / Viewing Mode

One of Cryptee's amazing beta-testers mentioned that he occasionally needs to make a presentation from his Cryptee Documents, and having a viewing-only-mode which strips all the buttons would be immensely useful for this purpose. Now you can quickly toggle the Viewing Mode, and present your documents on big screen.

Editing Mode

Viewing Mode

The Blog.

Many of you have been asking for a convenient blog / newsletter to follow all the changes & software updates to Cryptee. This turned out to be more difficult than it seemed on the surface.

The ideal blog for a privacy service like Cryptee would have to hosted on a platform that respects readers' privacy. So no Medium, no Blogger etc. – and ideally a platform with a convenient subscription system which supports rss, emails (you can subscribe below) and even Mastodon, Pleroma, or any ActivityPub-enabled service using our handle : @[email protected].

Turns out, write.as, another privacy-friendly company now has all these features! So everything on this page, including the videos, gifs, and even fonts are hosted by Cryptee, and the blog infrastructure is hosted by write.as, leaving no room for others to track you so that you can privately read & subscribe to Cryptee's product updates. So no youtube trackers or nasty cookie banners.

And, that's all for this update! [other than hundreds of bug fixes of course]

Hopefully these new features will make you feel more at home while using Cryptee, increase your productivity, and bring happiness to your life overall!

Needless to say, if you like these new features & updates, please consider subscribing to the paid plan. It's cheaper than a cup of coffee, and together we can make the internet a safer and more private place.

All the very best from Northern Europe, John

You can now read news and updates about Cryptee here on our blog!

Best part is that you can subscribe to this blog using RSS or EMAIL using the subscribe box below as well.

This blog is hosted on write.as, another privacy-friendly, open source service that shares the same motto we do when it comes to good minimal design, and protecting your privacy.

If you'd like, you can also follow this blog on Mastodon, Pleroma, or any ActivityPub-enabled service using @[email protected]. Here is a video tutorial for Mastadon.

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