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WikiTiger
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New smartphone encryption app could freak out law enforcement


The Threat of Silence

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Back in October, the startup tech firm Silent Circle ruffled governments’ feathers with a “surveillance-proof” smartphone app to allow people to make secure phone calls and send texts easily. Now, the company is pushing things even further—with a groundbreaking encrypted data transfer app that will enable people to send files securely from a smartphone or tablet at the touch of a button.


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The technology uses a sophisticated peer-to-peer encryption technique that allows users to send encrypted files of up to 60 megabytes through a “Silent Text” app. The sender of the file can set it on a timer so that it will automatically “burn”—deleting it from both devices after a set period of, say, seven minutes.




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Until now, sending encrypted documents has been frustratingly difficult for anyone who isn’t a sophisticated technology user, requiring knowledge of how to use and install various kinds of specialist software. What Silent Circle has done is to remove these hurdles, essentially democratizing encryption. It’s a game-changer that will almost certainly make life easier and safer for journalists, dissidents, diplomats, and companies trying to evade state surveillance or corporate espionage. Governments pushing for more snooping powers, however, will not be pleased.




While the article greatly overstates the "groundbreaking" features of this app, the concept of making this long existing technology available to non-techies is going to be a major game-changer.

Wire taps? Useless.
Hardware seizure? Useless.




It remains to be seen if the use of this kind of technology will become commonplace.



Encryption and cryptography can be a great equalizer.







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JohnnyKilroy
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BaddestAndvari
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woohoo!





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weagle99
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Awesome.





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ShoeBang
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Wiki, though I don't agree with you on some things, you are easily my favorite poster.





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WikiTiger
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Wiki, though I don't agree with you on some things, you are easily my favorite poster.


Differences in opinion are what makes life interesting. This place would be boring if we all agreed with each other. Thanks for the compliment!






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DonChowder
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It's still a freaking cat and mouse game...but horray for the mice on this one.





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WikiTiger
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This app makes me think of a few years ago when I was watching "The Wire"...

I remember watching Stringer keep changing SIM cards in his burner phones and I would think, "Damn, if they knew how to utilize encryption, they wouldn't have to worry about any of that stuff."

Nowadays, that may be more of a reality for people. Whether or not people think that's a good thing is certainly up for debate though.






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TigerinATL
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While the article greatly overstates the "groundbreaking" features of this app, the concept of making this long existing technology available to non-techies is going to be a major game-changer.


PGP was always easy enough to use, but it was an added step and people are lazy. For encryption to mainstream it needs to built in to the main messaging apps, not a separate app itself. If it doesn't mainstream then anyone using this will stick out like a sore thumb and are basically telling Big Brother that they have something to hide.






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BROffshoreTigerFan
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Game changer





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idlewatcher
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Isn't this the perfect storm for that company to be bought out by the Gubment so they can secretly record all data traffic?







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WikiTiger
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Isn't this the perfect storm for that company to be bought out by the Gubment so they can secretly record all data traffic?


That could potentially be an issue.

That's why I recommend open source encryption software.

I'm more interested in the concept of encryption technology being available for easy use by non-tech people.

I do agree with TigerinATL in that in order for it to really take off that it needs to be built into the main apps.

Perhaps it will never be the norm, but it may be utilized by a small group of people, and certainly by those up to no good.

Does that put a target on their back? Who knows.






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Rickety Cricket
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That will work great until they sic the drones on you.





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Sentrius
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It remains to be seen if the use of this kind of technology will become commonplace.


I hope to god it does.

This would be a great equalizer for citizens whose civil liberties are violated by a Statist govt.







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Zahrim
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outstanding





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RedbeardAU
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FYI it costs $240 a year.





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DontCare
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no government agency was interested in listening to my phone calls before, but now that i'll be encrypted, the NSA will mos def tap into my phone line! stellar idea!





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joshnorris14
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no government agency was interested in listening to my phone calls before, but now that i'll be encrypted, the NSA will mos def tap into my phone line! stellar idea!


I don't think you understand how this works.






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LSUgusto
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Won't they just make it illegal?





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