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CyanogenMod Integrates Text Message Encryption 118

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from the only-criminals-text-with-aes dept.
sfcrazy writes "People are now more concerned regarding their privacy after discovering about efforts made by governments to spy on their communications. The most practical solution to keep messages, emails and calls secure is to use a cryptographic encryption mechanism. However, just like the name of the method, the installation process is complex for most users. To solve this, CyanogenMod will come equipped with built in encryption system for text messages." Whisper System has integrated their TextSecure protocol into the SMS/MMS provider, so even third party sms apps benefit. Better yet, it's Free Software, licensed under the GPLv3+. Support will debut in Cyanogenmod 11, but you can grab a 10.2 nightly build to try it out now.
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CyanogenMod Integrates Text Message Encryption

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  • Re:Spy vs Spy (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hawguy (1600213) on Monday December 09, 2013 @09:40PM (#45646399)

    Seriously, why are The People trying to play Spy vs Spy with their own government? The government owns the internet. It's as silly to encrypt your license plate as it is your text messages. You have no way to do so. If you're able to send a text, then you're using a carrier of some kind. That carrier has no control over the government's ability to get the data if the government wants to.

    Isn't that the whole point of this project? It allows you to encrypt your data, so unless you think the government has a secret back door into every encryption algorithm, when you encrypt your data, the government can't see it. They may still be able to see who you're talking to (a TOR-like extension might help), but they won't know what you're saying unless they compromise your phone (or happened to compromise the key exchange).

    Remember, it's metadata that we're talking about. "Who talked to who - and what time(s)". Linking people together is what it's all about. They don't need to know what you're talking about, so long as they know who you're talking to.

    Despite what the NSA wants you to think, it's not just "Metadata" -- any analyst who believes that a conversation is with a foreign correspondent can retrieve the entire contents of the conversation -- text, email, etc with nothing more than a slightly better than 50% belief that one party in the conversation is foreign. No warrants or other oversight required.

    Do you think the government should be able to retrieve your private conversations on an analyst's "hunch"?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @06:00AM (#45648705)

    And what happens that day you disagree with what the government is doing?

    This.
    People who agree with what the NSA and pals are doing believe in a fair and stable government, but what if it changes? What if suddenly your rulers become tyrants?
    It's not like it's never happened before in history.
    At that point, even if you can stop the data collection, it's already too late. They've already got all of your past history. Suddenly, something which may be innocuous to today's society may be a death sentence in tomorrow's.

    What strikes me most is to hear many of the same people asking for Snowden's head in one breath (Government spying is OK!) and defending their right to bear arms with the other (can't trust the government, we might have to revolt!).

  • by Rennt (582550) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @07:12AM (#45648945)

    That's kind of a re-invention of history. CM simply didn't integrate pdroid because it was a support nightmare waiting to happen. At the time of the pdroid discussion, Steve said that they were already working on a bunch of privacy features that would meet the usability standards they were aspiring to... and here we are.

    Don't forget that this message encryption follows on from the App Privacy Mode that they have successfully deployed since then (and makes much of pdroid redundant). They are taking a measured and transparent approach to privacy. Just as a serious organisation should..

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