So you're saying a reasonable level of secured comms should only be available to the techo-elite who have the time, background and understanding to manage it all themselves?
Bravo Sir /slowhandclap.
The only valid point you have - and its somewhat oblique to your post - is that the accessability for ordinary users to the current state of encryption controls is piss-poor. If Virtru are taking steps to make it better - even if there are gotcha's that make it unsuitable for the truly paranoid - they deserve all the encouragement they can get.
Having said that it looks a little like a "me to" product thats only getting funded due to the current Snowdon debate to me. The fact that its US based also counts against it.
But if they can "do an apple" and make encryption easily accessable to the masses I would probably overlook some of their downsides.
It seems there are 2 areas of debate we should be having and only 1 is being pursued so far.
1. Robust End to End encryption including masking of metadata, origination and destination.
2. An encryption product that "just works" like an Apple product. Preferably without even mentioning the word "key" to the average joe user.
Infact if I runningin Blackberry, Apple or Google right now I would be beavering away on as many simplified encryption functions as I could get away with.
Especially BB as they have previous forn in this area and are completely failing to take advantage of it - think a global network of BES nodes all chosen at random at send time, and a peer to peer comms systems that means the decrypt key moves between nodes on a random basis or upon decryption request.