So awhile back I wrote a blog article discussing Virtual Private Networks and how it encrypted your browsing data and provided many other features. Today I wanted to discuss PGP encryption which is an encryption protocol that is easy to use that allows you to send encrypted messages. Then I want to progress to talking about a few apps that are out now, including Facebook, that provide an encrypted messaging feature that only you and the other person can see with features such as self detonating messages (messages that just delete themselves automatically after a certain period of time a lot like Snapchat)
So PGP stands for Pretty Good Privacy and it consists of public and private keys. In my research, this is more heavily utilized on the deep web as a method of conveying secret messages back and forth. PGP is often used for signing, encrypting, and decrypting texts, e-mails, files, directories, and whole disk partitions and to increase the security of e-mail communications. It was created by Phil Zimmermann in 1991. To the best knowledge available at the moment, this is the closest thing you will get to military grade protection on it's own. It's very dependable and there is no current known method to break PGP encryption.
So how does it work? Well a user (lets call him Bob) will have 2 keys to use, one public and the other private. The public key is the one Bob can give to others that will allow them to encrypt their message and send it back to Bob. Now Bob has a private key that he doesn't release to anyone else and uses this key to decrypt the message other users have sent him. Easy right?
There are a ton of different encrypting protocols to use PGP and software available
Now I want to discuss the latest apps that are available that allow a type of secret encryption. These apps create a direct link from one device to another. When a message is sent it is encrypted until the other device decodes it. Because each device is intimately linked together both users have ultimate controls over the messages. Some of these secret messaging systems allow you to delete your messages off of both devices and set self detonating messages.
Facebook messenger has a secret messaging system put in place now that offers exactly what I'm talking about. I can assume pretty much everyone has a Facebook.
Google Allo is an App available that also features secret messages in Incognito mode. This provides end-to-end encryption and provides better privacy protection.
Protect your privacy, because you are the only one doing so.