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February 23, 2015

Open WhisperSystems Encrypting Texts, Messages, Calls

Eliminates Worries of Eavesdropping, Private Messages Being Read

Those worried about who might be reading their messages or listening to their calls may need not to worry anymore.

Image courtesy of (adamr)/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of (adamr)/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Speaking in a whisper can often help prevent conversations from being overheard and, thanks to a company that’s taking its name from that idea, both texts and conversations can be protected. Open Whisper Systems has introduced, in the past few months, programs to encrypt both texts and conversations in both Android and iOS format.

“At Open Whisper Systems, our goal is to make private communication simple. For the past three years, we’ve been developing a modern, open source, strong encryption protocol for asynchronous messaging systems, designed to make seamless end-to-end encrypted messaging possible,” explained a blog entry on the company’s site.

The company has rolled out a handful of applications on both Android and iOS systems to prevent conversations from being heard and to encrypt texts and private messages. The apps all operate normally through a users’ phone with TextSecure and RedPhone being offered for Andoid while the Signal app, available at the iTune store, ensures messages are kept private.

“Using TextSecure, you can communicate instantly while avoiding SMS fees, create groups so that you can chat in real time with all your friends at once, and share media or attachments all with complete privacy. The server never has access to any of your communication and never stores any of your data,” the product’s description states at the Google Play store.

The company explained its goal is to advance state-of-the-art technology to enable “frictionless, private communication” with open source software, open protocols and simple libraries.


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W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.

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