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WSFA 12 News / Jun 19, 2016

Apps, software encrypt your chats, messages, and emails

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By Sally Pitts, Anchor / Reporter

(Source: WSFA 12)

Experts tell us that a whole new industry of apps and software are popping up promising to encrypt your chats, messages, and emails.

The programs offer to keep what you want private – private.

“There’s no question this has become a hot market,” said Matti Kon with Info Tech.

It’s like writing a message using a secret code, so only the people that have access to the unique code can understand the message.

“Encryption today works on keys and keys that are random and are at the hands of the sender and the hands of the receiver and there is really no way to break encryption algorithms, if you take any typical encryption algorithm you’ll need over 100 years on a powerful computer to try to break the encryption,” says Kon.

The Wire offers end to end encryption of voice and video messages. The Signal Messaging App says you can say anything and it’s encrypted.

Click here for the Wire app.

Some offer James Bond like verification codes so users can confirm their messages are secure.

Wickr Me offers expiration times for messages and a “shredder” to remove all deleted messages, images, and videos from your device.

Click here for the Wickr app.

“They give a feeling of confidence, they give a feeling that, you know, your data will not be violated, you get a feeling that here we finally found the solution,” Kon said.

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