Keeping your your phone secure and private using new encryption apps and software

Posted at 5:00 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 17:00:08-04

Smartphone security is a hot topic that's made news headlines recently, and has raised new concerns: how do you keep what's on your phone secure and private?

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

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.

Dave Crusoe installed a program to encrypt messages and emails on his devices after thinking about all the personal and business information on his phone and tablet.

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

Matti Kon, CEO of InfoTech, says "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."

So what apps are out there promising to safe guard your privacy?

  • "The Wire" offers end to end encryption of voice and video messages.
  • The "Signal Messaging App" says you can..."say anything" because 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 you 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," says Kon.