Edward Snowden is a poster boy for both transparency and privacy. He believes in peoples’ right to privacy and is essentially a fugitive, on the lam from the US for exposing NSA documents that proved the government is watching people. Whether you feel that he is a traitor or a hero, you can’t deny the usefulness the free encrypted calling and texting app called Signal that he endorses. It has been available on iOS for about a year now, and it has finally come to Android devices. The app is essential for those who feel they want an extra layer of privacy in their communications. It is as simple to use as the native text and calling capabilities that come with your phone.
Open Whisper Systems is the non-profit organization that created the app, and in a landmark move last year, WhatsApp decided to integrate the texting feature’s code into their app, making their Android to Android communications encrypted. That means that between their own app and those who have used their code, Open Whisper technology can be found on nearly 500,000,000 devices. That’s big. And global governments are taking notice.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron almost banned WhatsApp for UK users when they added encryption to the app, and the director of the FBI, James Comey, is not at all happy about it either. Taking your communications out of the purview of government (and other peoples’) eyes and ears with Signal could be a smart business decision for anyone in digital with any unreleased projects, unreleased figures, or any information that they want to stay within company bounds.
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