Signal, the encryption app used by Edward Snowden, comes to Android

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Signal has been around for a while on iOS, but you may already be using some of it on Android. Indeed, behind this name lies the merging of two applications already very popular on the Play Store and published precisely by the creators of Signal: Open Whisper Systems. they bear the name TextSecure for your messages and RedPhone for encrypted calls.

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That’s why the publisher is preparing to offer a single app that combines the last two in a simple and easy-to-use interface. As the company’s creator Moxie Marlinspike recalls, they create a point of ease of use, which the developers say is more difficult than encrypting the app’s conversations itself:

“The hardest part is developing a product that people will use and want to use. This is where our efforts are largely concentrated.”

For the record, the TextSecure app has been integrated into CyanogenMod since 2013, and WhatsApp also uses it by default for conversations between Android devices. If you’re interested in Signal, be a little more patient, it’s very close to coming to Android. If you are already using the publisher’s apps, the new unified interface will be available to you in the form of an update.

Needless to say, the NSA and some members of various governments are pessimistic about such attempts, seeing behind every user the potential enemies of the nation. As some have suggested, what do you think about the real benefit of such practice and the potential “threat” it could represent?


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