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Keeping Your Data Private
WMC Action News 5 / Jul 1, 2016

WMC Action News 5 quotes Matti Kon explaining how encryption works and how to keep your personal data secure and private using mobile encryption apps that encrypt your chats, messages and emails.

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by C.J. LeMaster, Chief Investigative Reporter

Dave Crusoe cringes just thinking about all the personal and business information on his phones and tablet, so he installed a program to encrypt messages and emails on all of his devices.

“I do worry about unauthorized people reading my chats or my messages,” said Crusoe. “An encryption app is really a no brainer these days.”

There’s a high-tech explosion of encryption apps, experts say, that seem to be most popular with millennials. The programs offer to keep what you want private from falling into the wrong hands.

“There’s no question this has become a hot market,” said InfoTech’s President & CEO Matti Kon.

Encryption basically takes messages, photos, videos on your phone, and makes them unreadable unless you have a certain key or code to unlock it. Anyone who has that code can access the message, but Kon said digital encryption codes are nearly impossible to crack.

“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,” said Kon. “If you take any typical encryption algorithm you’ll need over 100 years on a powerful computer to try to break the encryption.”

So what apps are out there promising to safeguard your privacy?

“Wire” offers end-to-end encryption of voice and video messages.

The “Signal” messaging app boasts you can say anything and it’s encrypted.

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.

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

That’s exactly what Crusoe said he needs from these apps.

“Privacy is a fundamental aspect of our life today as is security,” said Crusoe. “We need to ensure that the content we have on our devices is only viewed by the intended recipient.”

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