The future may be mobile, but is it secure?
Two billion out of the world’s 7 billion people now own a smartphone, and that number will increase to 4 billion by 2020. The range of things that those 4 billion people will be able to do with their iPhone 10s and Galaxy S11 will no doubt make everyday life a different experience, depending on how much progress is made with the internet of things. However that turns out, one thing we can be sure that our phones are going to be in our hands even more of the time than they are now.
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. They are unblinking, all-knowing; long after we’ve locked our doors and windows, our phones stay right by our sides. Friend or foe?
We know that Big Brother would very much like to be watching us, but who else is listening in? Data breaches seem to be becoming more and more common; Ashley Madison captured the headlines, of course (accompanied by a certain amount of schadenfreude), but now it’s been followed by Talk Talk (much less so). And we are gradually waking up to the threat of the StingRay fake phone masts. So, what are our responsibilities? To our families, to our friends, to our places of work? Putting journalistic scaremongering aside, the threat that somebody is eavesdropping on our activity is real and growing.
But now we also have the option to simply remove ourselves from the equation from time to time – to use secure comms when we need to disseminate or receive information of a personal or sensitive nature, be it work, health or family.
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.”