Jun 28, 2013

NSA Proof Your Cellular Phone Calls With RedPhone

Red Phone
 (Photo credit: HarrisonEarl)
A lot of what I've been blogging about lately has been to do with covering your ass from illegal government snooping. One of the big bombshells that broke recently was that the Department of Justice has issued warrants to all of the major phone companies to obtain all phone records for everyone in the United States.

Also, it has been reported on some news sites that the NSA is actively grabbing those phone conversations out of the air as well. So what is one to do about it?

Well, last year I talked about setting up your own secure VoIP server, but if you don't want to go through that sort of headache, and you are an Android or an iPhone user there is another solution. You can use RedPhone.

From their Google Play Page:
Like privacy? Secure your calls for free with RedPhone. It's that simple.
RedPhone provides end-to-end encryption for your calls, securing your conversations so that nobody can listen in.
  •  RedPhone uses your normal phone number to make and receive calls, so you don't need yet another identifier.
  • Use the default system dialer and contacts apps to make calls as you normally would.
  • RedPhone will give you the opportunity to upgrade to encrypted calls whenever the person you're calling also has RedPhone installed.
  • RedPhone calls are encrypted end-to-end, but function just like you're used to.
  • Free and Open Source, enabling anyone to verify its security by auditing the code.
  • Uses wifi or data, not your plan's voice minutes.

For Android, the app is free, but iPhone users have to pay $0.99 for theirs. Still though, not a high price to pay for your privacy.

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