May - 2016 - issue > CEO Insights

Security & Privacy in the Virtual World

Ajit Patel, CEO & Founder, n-gage
Friday, June 3, 2016
Ajit Patel, CEO & Founder, n-gage
n-gage is the world's first 360 degree lifestyle chat app that enables users with or without a smartphone to make one to one or group video calls and send personalised messages across other social media and messaging apps.

There is a lot of debate going on the recent spat between iPhone manufacturers denying the federal agencies about unlocking a phone used by terrorist in the recent attacks. WhatsApp's recent announcement of its end to end encryption has also sparked deliberations between government and security officials on data security.

Though WhatsApp's intentions are justifiable, it is primarily focused on ensuring the user's privacy is maintained during transmission, transit and reception. But what happens to the privacy of users' messages at device level?

A common law abiding citizen would hardly be concerned about security or government officials prying through their messages, unless of course they are participating in unlawful activity. The primary concern today is how we can maintain privacy of our messages that are sitting on our or the receiver's device.

Though mobile production companies have introduced security tools from password to fingerprint detection to keep devices locked, this does not eliminate scenarios where people have entered your password, or forcefully unlocked your device with your finger. Once your phone is unlocked, your messages are visible to everyone. There are no existing tools which can convert our messages or contacts into an illegible state, or where we can send single messages that can only be unlocked with a password.

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