Given the unencrypted email and phone traffic is now likely to be intercepted by state intelligence services, and given that services like Skype probably have backdoors that render their encryption ineffective, would anyone be interested in trying out Silent Circle: a new encryption platform backed by Phil Zimmerman, creator of the original PGP?
According to the people running the service:
We do not have the ability to decrypt your communications across our network and nor will anyone else – ever. Silent Phone, Silent Text and Silent Eyes all use end-to-end encryption and erase the session keys from your device once the call or text is finished. Our servers donâ€™t hold the keys. Our encryption keeps unauthorized people from understanding your transmissions. It keeps criminals, governments, business rivals, neighbors and identity thieves from stealing your data and from destroying your personal or corporate privacy. There are no back doors in our systems, nor will there ever be.
The service costs $20 per month and includes encrypted phone, text, email, and video chat capabilities. In recognition of how such services only become useful once they have a certain base of subscribers, each subscription lets you also sign up one friend for the service for free.