Silent Circle: A Suite Of Apps For Private Communications

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Phil Zimmerman, the inventor of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), has released a new system for secure communications, called Silent Circle. For $20 per month, the service is provided through a mobile app for iOS and Android. It allows you to decrypt and encrypt email, voice, text, and VOIP transmissions to and from your device. 

When two Silent Circle users talk to one another all of their communications is fully encrypted, with “absolutely no backdoors.” Zimmerman points out that the encryption keys are always with the user, and never hosted on the company’s servers, which are located in Canada.

Silent Circle Suite

A similar app that is completely free is Wickr — see our previous article on Wickr.

Link: Silent Circle

Comments

  1. says

    The service looks good but I don’t agree when they say that servers are located in “privacy friendly Canada”, I don’t see Canada as any kind of privacy heaven, they are one of US best friends and their privacy laws aren’t that different.

    • Luke says

      There are many worse countries than Canada surely, the US is only one of them. And as mentioned in the article, the location of the servers (and who has access to them) doesn’t change the security of the communications- they were presumably referring to the long term prospects of the servers being forcibly shut down.

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