It is no secret that we are currently facing an international crisis in cybersecurity. Between third-party surveillance, major hacking operations, and ubiquitous spyware, sending information on the Internet means exposing yourself to a wide range of potential threats. So how can businesses that need the instantaneous connectivity that digital communications provide but for whom privacy and confidentiality are non-negotiable maintain functionality without putting themselves at risk?
Encryption has long been the tool of choice for consumers who want the best protection on the market, and a range of new encryption software providers are rising to the challenges of today’s world by providing encryption that offers next-level protection while providing intuitive ease-of-use. Companies in the vanguard of this encryption revolution are re-thinking how encryption works on every level, from the algorithms that encrypt information to the interface through which users access it.
Secure Communication Is The Communication Of Tomorrow
For example, one of the most important new software options on the market is ChatMail Secure which, since becoming available earlier this year, has raised the bar in terms of what users can expect from encryption. Most encryption options on the market still rely on PGP (“Pretty Good Privacy”), and while PGP cannot be cracked, it can be cumbersome to use.
ChatMail’s proprietary CAMP protocol has garnered significant attention not only for streamlining the user experience by introducing popular functions like chat, voice messaging, and picture messaging (most PGP providers are limited to email), but also for creating an integrated service that allows users to communicate with contacts using ChatMail and contacts using PGP through a single unified interface.
With these new features, ChatMail has greatly expanded the range of people its users can message without compromising the strength of the encryption available.
This is not the only way that the latest generation of encryption software is pushing boundaries. Most information stored in online is stored on servers, and this means that regardless of how sophisticated the protections on the encrypted phone itself are, the system requires that data be housed somewhere. This introduces another layer of vulnerability, but one that was seemingly unavoidable—until now.
New innovations have made it possible for encrypted smartphones to forego server storage by setting strict time limits on how long chat messages and emails are retained. Messages will be automatically deleted after a certain period of time, and while users can opt to extend that window, the amount of data that needs to be permanently stored is drastically reduced, which allows the phone to function without a connection to a server. This, in turn, guarantees that messages can only be read by their intended recipients.
In recent years, issues related to communications security, or COMSEC, have achieved new prominence due to high profile hacks and data breaches that have proven to both private companies and government agencies that messages sent through private email servers, chat apps, and SMS are much more vulnerable to interception than was previously believed.
In this environment, easy-to-use encryption tools are playing a more important role than ever in protecting privacy and confidentiality, and the role of cutting-edge tools like ChatMail in making encryption more accessible and widely available cannot be overstated.
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