Why you should use a secure messaging app
Text messaging has been around since the dawn of cellular technology. However, much has changed since then. Today there is an increased focus on security and privacy.
Since SMS was never designed with protection in mind, traditional text messaging is being replaced with messaging services that offer stronger protection. As we better understand the risks associated to digital privacy, it becomes more critical to take the right steps towards protecting your digital communications.
In the US for example, many people feel like they have little control over the data collected about them. There is credence to their worry; we only need to look at Cambridge Analytica to understand their concern. The United States is far from alone here. Alarming reports about unethical data practices are increasing with regularity around the world.
To address privacy concerns, messaging apps have turned to End-to-End Encryption (E2EE). However, E2EE does not make data privacy and security foolproof. For most apps, privacy is only as safe as the entire messaging infrastructure. Mobile operators, internet providers and even certain app developers could still leave parts of your communication data exposed.
Removing concerns over data privacy requires more than end-to-end encryption for messaging. It requires a secure ecosystem for your communications.
You might be thinking that this doesn’t concern you since you have nothing to hide
Data breaches happen. And private information like bank details, identification, addresses, passwords, business information, credentials and personal pictures are at risk when shared through messages. Out of the convenience of free (and often unsecured) messaging apps, we take the risk of exposing confidential and private pieces of information. It’s not until your personal information is compromised that the gravity of the situation becomes a reality.
In a business context, there is a need for encrypted messaging with the ever-present risk of corporate espionage and data hacking. There is an increase in remote workers sharing information creating a critical (and growing) risk to businesses. The Centre for Strategic & International Studies estimates that 82% of total communications traffic is accessible to hackers and unauthorized parties.
Thankfully, there are steps that you can take to protect personal and business data. We address some of the biggest concerns in messaging by placing privacy and security above everything else.
Why End-to-End Encryption is good, but not good enough
"Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground." Edward Snowden
Cryptic messaging has existed for centuries. Messages were secured by sharing a secret formula for uncovering the message - as seen by one of the first cryptic messaging systems that Julius Caesar used: the Caesar Cipher. Today, the need for privacy remains, but how we keep our conversations secret is more complex.
Over the years, technology enabled us to develop more advanced and useful encryption. Secret codes are now powered by computer algorithms and ‘keys’ are now electronic strings of numbers. End-to-end encryption evolved from. And it enables us to share secret keys with people around the world and send encrypted messages with confidence.
End-to-end encryption is the most popular method of protecting digital messages. But the most secure communication apps build from that foundation with progressive implementations of encryption. They enhance the encrypted messaging app with powerful security features. That is the difference between true security and a false sense of it.
Some messaging apps store encrypted messages on servers for users to access them. This makes those servers an attractive target for hacks. Other services like Facebook Messenger don’t enable encryption by default. Even WhatsApp, the alleged prime app for secret chats, does not encrypt backups leaving some data exposed.
Other privacy loopholes need to be considered as well.
- How does the messaging app secure metadata?
- How is the information at rest on your device secured?
- What is the level of encryption used?
- How are encryption keys managed?
- Is data stored on a server?
In other words, E2EE has become an attractive baseline for many messaging apps to market. But instead of trusting apps solely for "end-to-end encryption", true messaging security considers the entire messaging ecosystem.
What to look for in a secure messaging app
When developing Ciphr Text, we make sure to keep 5 criteria in mind to ensure that we go beyond end-to-end encryption for our users:
Control over your data ✔️
Users should be able to generate their own private key to end the ability for service providers to have access.
No backdoors ✔️
Users should have confidence that unauthorized parties cannot bypass normal security measures to access private data.
Users should have confidence in the privacy protection of their identity in all interactions with Ciphr.
Future-proof encryption standards ✔️️
Users should be using the highest level of encryption standards to address evolving threats to digital privacy.
Premium messaging & security features ✔️️
Users should have access to privacy-first features that enhance the messaging experience.
Ciphr Text Secure Messenger App
Ciphr Text goes beyond end-to-end encryption. We combine a powerful security infrastructure, easy-to-use apps and advanced security features required to protect your privacy.
Each message uses a unique encryption key to separate conversations into many multiple encrypted messages.
PQ-ECC (Post-Quantum Encryption)
Encryption to protect data against future quantum decryption.
Set messages to self-destruct after a chosen period. Authentication: ensures continuous protection from eavesdropping by authenticating contacts.
Advanced brute-force protection for data at rest. Encrypted Voice Notes & Images: Send voice notes and images using the same level of protection.
Maximum Unlock Attempts
Data is automatically deleted after a pre-determined number of failed unlock attempts.
Ciphr Text automatically closes when left untouched for a predetermined amount of time.
Backup encrypted Ciphr Text contacts to keep your contact list readily available when switching devices.
Find out how Ciphr Text can secure your communication by bringing end-to-end encryption to the next level.