Silent Circle will encrypt all your communications for a fee

Silent Circle, a new company set to get in business on July 2012, wants to offer secure communications for people willing to pay for protecting their privacy on-line. Co-founder of the company is Phil Zimmerman, the man who created the seminal Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) software in the Nineties.

PGP contributed (more than anything) to spread the use of cryptographic technology for putting people’s communications outside of the eavesdroppers reach, and now Zimmerman and his peers want to (re-)make history by turning privacy into something meaningful again.

The new company will secure (encrypt) communications in form of e-mails, phone calls, video calls (teleconference) and instant messaging, with software and apps available for every computer platform, mobile gadgets and devices on the market. One of the company founders described the encryption algorithms used as “very, very good”, with code coming from a seven years-long research work.

Managing the server infrastructure that will route encrypted traffic among the users will cost money, thus Silent Circle will ask for a fairly high fee of 20 dollars a month: speaking in that regard, Zimmerman says that his new company “is not Facebook”, the customers are just “customers” and not the product or “part of the inventory” as social networking makes them.

Will people – and young, smartphone-depending people in particular – care enough for their privacy to give Zimmermann & his peers a bit of their money for speaking and sharing with no fear of being monitored over the network? A recent poll about increasing concerns over on-line data collecting and archiving suggests so.

Source: Boing Boing.

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I can see corporate customers, such as mid-to-large size law firms and governments jumping on this faster than a fat kid on a cupcake.

Javik said,
ISP's can't snoop on any SSL encrypted traffic, right?

ISPs no, anyone with the private keys, yes (and there's more places with the private keys than you'd ever know)

rippleman said,
Hint to 99% of the world: the world doesn't give a rats ass about your conversations even if you personally THINK they do.

Yeah I find it funny when the same people who are on facebook and the like complain about privacy.

rippleman said,
Hint to 99% of the world: the world doesn't give a rats ass about your conversations even if you personally THINK they do.

You're right, but far more than 99% of the world is unlikely to sign up for such a service.

There was a Canadian company in Montreal back in the late 1990s called Zero Knowledge that had similar software but was only for Windows, I came across them during an computer/Internet convention in early 1999. Their software was called FREEDOM, they nor their software isn't around anymore.

I wanted to do something like this for a very long time and I am working on a program to en cryptic communications on anything that runs java... encryption is easy... the hard bit is Im not to skilled in drivers and network programming xD but all in due time and it will be free + open source (open source may seem odd for a security program but I have it all planned out)

Asrokhel said,
So could a lot of the really good VPN companies, the ones that don't log anything.

Name some. Also provide source for that claim of "no logs".

I'm with SwitchVPN btw.

GS:ios

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