The future is mobile; but is it secure? Two billion people out of the world’s seven billion population own a smartphone and that number will increase to four billion by 2020; while we wait for the internet of things to truly assert itself, we’re struggling to identify with the fridge that knows when we need more milk, or the kettle that talks to us; the one truly global tech product, the item we trust above all others, is our iPhone / Samsung / Huawei / Lumia.
But continuous access to data is a double edged sword; we tell our smartphones everything; where we are, who we’re talking to, what we’re thinking about; unblinking, all knowing, long after we’ve locked the doors and windows, our phones stay right by our sides; friend or foe?
We now know big brother is watching us, but who else is listening in? Data breaches seem to be becoming more and more common; Ashley Madison (some might feel the victims deserved it), now Talk Talk (much less so), and the threat presented by the rise of “Stingray” fake phone masts, so what are our responsibilities? To our families, to our friends, to our places of work? Even putting unnecessary scaremongering aside, the threat that somebody is eavesdropping on our activity is very real.
But now the option to simply remove ourselves from the equation from time to time, to go “off grid” when we need to disseminate or receive information of a personal or sensitive nature, be it work, health or family, is also very real.
A new app developed by a team based in the Channel Islands, for example, is offering you the chance to do just that. Cryptique, a secure communication provider, yesterday announced the launch of new product Pryvate; they say it’s “the first all-encompassing and fully encrypted communications platform for mobile devices, across email, voice calls, conference calls, video calls and instant messenger.” Its intention? “To protect consumers and businesses from cybercriminals, intruders, corporate espionage, hackers and more”.