Encrypted chat between mobile devices?
February 5, 2013 3:13 PM Subscribe
The best and simplest way to communicate between a smallish number of (known) people, on a few different devices, with encryption?
posted by running order squabble fest to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Pretty much what it says - I'm generally fine with security-through-obscurity, but there are a couple of people I am having discussions with currently which I may want to start encrypting outside regular corporate channels. Most of those discussions (nothing HIPAA-sensitive or likely to interest national security agencies!) will continue to take place over IM, I suspect, using iOS and Android devices, between people at different levels of technical comfort.
So, assuming that everyone who is likely to be talking already knows each other and can coordinate their usage, and that we don't need to conceal the fact that we are talking, only what we are talking _about_, what are the best systems for secure chat? The objections to Silent Circle in the thread about its launch (non-open code, primarily, at least at launch) have got me thinking - presumably OTR encryption over XMPP is the way people usually do this?