With all the privacy concerns in the news as of late, many users have been seeking out ways to protect themselves. One group in general is the extremely popular CyanogenMod who recently launched “Privacy Guard” which blocks your info from all apps, and now it appears they’ll be putting their efforts into a secure and encrypted messaging service for Android smartphones and tablets.
The popular developer Koush announced on the official +CyanogenMod Google+ page that they’ve built a service called PushSMS. Which will be an encrypted and secure messaging service similar to Apple’s iMessage in terms of security. In light of the recent NSA and PRISM news, many have found that iMessage is pretty secure, and even Apple can’t snoop in on what users send, so naturally developers are working on bringing that to Android.
Things get pretty technical and hard to understand for those normal folks, but he explains things a bit in a simple fashion with this statement below. Basically confirming a new push-based messaging service.
I’ve built out a secure/push based messaging plugin for CyanogenMod. Messages between two CyanogenMod will be encrypted end to end and sent over GCM. It’s built into the framework; so it works transparently, even with third party apps.
It’s basically PGP (encryption + authenticity) for text messages, built into the system.
3rd party apps and messaging clients will all be able to use this, and be completely encrypted and secure. Awesome right? It appears however that the service will only work with CyanogenMod devices, so you won’t get the same protection when messaging your friends using normal devices, or something other than CyanogenMod.
We’ll keep an eye on this, as it’s still under heavy development, but should be in nightly builds soon enough. Keep up the good work CyanogenMod!