October 1, 2012

Vic Mahfood

CryptMe - Crypt Messages

Developer Quote: "CryptMe allows you to encrypt personal text messages (e-mail, SMS iMessage, etc.), so they can only be read by your conversational partners who have the conversation-key/password."

- COST:     Free     - APP STORE STARS:     N/A
- Categories: Communications, Email, Lifestyle, Messaging, Native, Universal, Utilities

One of my perpetual disappointments with iOS udpates is that neither email nor iMessages have password protection. Yes, there is a passcode to gain access to the phone. However, I can't tell you how many people like to view my phone to admire it, or check out the wallpaper or apps. Well, mail and messages sit there in plain view on Home Screen just begging to be read. Since there is no password protection, another option would be to encrypt correspondence of a sensitive nature.

CryptMe takes care of this "free view to all" problem by encrypting specified mail and messages so that they are not visible to others. Just create a profile for your correspondent and then set a password. Once that's accomplished, you can directly send your encrypted messages. You can always edit the specific private profiles if needed. Now to read an encrypted message, mark the message, copy to clipboard and to go to CryptMe. Change to the correct profile and tap "decrypt". Some of the features of this email and messaging iPhone and iPad encryption app are as follows:

• Creation of contacts / friends list with photo and color
• Encrypt any text-messages (E-Mail, SMS, iMessage, etc.)
• E-Mail and SMS connectivity
• Password protection: The app can be PIN-protected from prying eyes
• Lock-Screen/Lock by shaking, or alarm button
• Save the conversation history (can be disabled in "settings-dialog")

There are enough features in CryptMe to ensure complete privacy in setting up your accounts. As an extra safeguard, you can also safeguard the app itself with a password so that no-one may view your CryptMe profiles. If you choose this option, however, you must enter the code each time you launch the app. You can also lock your device by shaking it and save your history. All these items are available through the Configuration or Settings. Why risk having your privacy invaded when CryptMe faithfully conceals all your sensitive correspondence?
COOL CONCLUSION: CryptMe provides the privacy needed for certain friends whose correspondence and messages you don't want readily visible on your device.
--Date/Version: Released 6/28/12 - Version 1.0
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 5.0 or later. Rated 4+.
--Device: Universal: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad.
--Developer: sascha maihoefer


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