back to article Keep your iPhone calls private, whispers Signal

The crew at Open Whisper Systems has announced Signal, an app offering encrypted voice calls between iPhones. The open source group has been working on its projects ever since Whisper Systems, co-founded by Moxie Marlinspike, was acquired by Twitter in 2011 – an acquisition that took its Redphone Android project offline, amid …

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In the near future . . .

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Is there anything like this for android?

See title

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Re: Is there anything like this for android?

Nope.

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Re: Is there anything like this for android?

Here's an idea - RTFA

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Re: Is there anything like this for android?

"Is there anything like this for android?"

Clearly not, the article at no point mentions it five times and says nothing about the compatibility between the iPhone and Android apps.

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Re: Is there anything like this for android?

And there's the rub, your friends not only need the app, they need an iPhone, really why bother.

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Re: Is there anything like this for android?

"And there's the rub, your friends not only need the app, they need an iPhone, really why bother."

The only thing you're rubbing is yourself. That's the only explanation I can think of for you being so blind that you can't even read the article or the comments.

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Re: Is there anything like this for android?

except for this paragraph:

"At registration, Signal checks the user's address book to identify other Signal users, and its integrated with Redphone, allowing encrypted calls between iPhone and Android users."

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LOL

Don't forget to say "Hi" to the spooks while you're chatting to your terrorist friends.

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You are a very silly boy oh disciple of Onan.

Lots of us have reason to use encryption and are both legally and professionally bound to do so. solicitors, barristers, journalists, security forces, emergency services and old uncle Tom Cobbley and all.

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Spooks will love it

The spooks will love this, hell they may even be secretly supporting it as they will have ways of circumventing the encryption - somehow.

Think of the current problem their current slurp all approach means considerable post processing of millions of calls. With "Signal" encryption in place all they have to do is focus on encrypted calls and use their vast computing power to decrypt those - as those calls will be the most suspicious (in the eyes of the spooks)

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"...an app offering encrypted voice calls between iPhones"

And they have a signed letter and supporting documention from Apple assuring them that when an App like theirs accesses the microphone audio signal, that no other application - nor the OS itself - can access the same raw (as yet unencrypted) digitized audio signal emerging from the A/D stage within the chipset. Right? The letter and a complete analysis of the internal firewalls would lead to formal security certification. Right?

No? .: Entire Concept = FAIL.

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Re: "...an app offering encrypted voice calls between iPhones"

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"No? .: Entire Concept = FAIL"

My thoughts as well. I sometimes use a PGP encrypted Blackberry (1.) and the whole signal is encrypted, emails encrypted on server and deleted after downloaded it is mil spec and works a treat. Anything that works as an app is an approximation of encryption and likely does not have the ability to totally secure its environment.

1. A lot of us have legitimate reasons to use encryption.

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