The idea is to democratize encryption by making it available to the non-tech-savvy with the push of a button. Will this be used for good or evil? Slates Ryan Gallagher explains:
The startup tech firm Silent Circles groundbreaking encrypted data transfer app will enable people to send files securely from a smartphone or tablet at the touch of a buttonphotographs, videos, spreadsheets, you name itsent scrambled from one person to another in a matter of seconds.
The technology uses a sophisticated peer-to-peer encryption technique that allows users to send encrypted files of up to 60 megabytes through a Silent Text app. The sender of the file can set it on a timer so that it will automatically burndeleting it from both devices after a set period of, say, seven minutes. Its a game-changer that will almost certainly make life easier and safer for journalists, dissidents, diplomats, and companies trying to evade surveillance.