I don’t want to install countless programmes on my computer. Is there an all-in-one solution?
Yes, there is. Some providers tie mail, browse and chat applications into bundles. Which basically means that you’re giving all your data into the hands of a single provider. In the end you’re always putting your data into the hands of an unknown third party.
One of these applications is Ipredia OS. It is a Linux operating system for anonymous web browsing, email, chat and file sharing. Ipredia uses the I2P anonymous network to ensure a safe connection.
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (short: Tails) aims for the users protection and anonymity. The software is for free and has to be booted via DVD, USB flash drive or SD card. Tails directs all outgoing traffic via the TOR network. It disguises the user’s IP address by transferring all requests to several servers. In addition to that, Tails includes the add-on HTTPS Everywhere. This browser extension establishes a secure HTTPS connection to any accessed website as long as the site supports HTTPS. This way sensitive data can be transmitted safely via the internet. Furthermore, Tails sends encrypted emails by using PGP.
I can secure my computer – but what about my smartphone?
No worries! There are multiple solutions for this matter as well – however, they come with restrictions. In the case of smart phones, there are good programmes to encrypt emails and ensure safe browsing and chatting. Someone who cannot do without cool apps will always have to accept certain security gaps on his phone. Apps like Snapchat or Instagram hardly conduct a safe data transmission.
The App CilentPhone ciphers phone and video conversations and uses a peer-to-peer connection. The service is not for free though. The service comes to a montly fee of almost $10. A package that comes with encrypted text messaging comes with a higher fee.
Still not enough? In that case, just installing software won’t do – the hardware has to be prepared against attacks as well. iPhones or Android phones can be upgraded with, for example, a headset that encrypts each conversation separately. However, it’s not completely safe if you still use apps. And again, both parties have to use this upgrade to ensure a secure call. If you want to play safe, you need an alternative to the common smart phones – but those are pretty expensive. The high security devices by GMSK (Germany) or Bull (France) are used by secret services and cost about four to five times as much as current smartphones.