TigerText, Others Develop Mobile Security around SMS

06.15.11 In the News
TigerText, Others Develop Mobile Security around SMS

By: Kristina Farrah | June 15, 2011 (Featured on Silicon Angle)

A recent survey shows that 93 percent of mobile users have sent a text message to the wrong person, and some of these messages are too private to be sent to others. It is for this reason that startup TigerText is launching a new iOS application that assimilates social nature in group messaging. TigerText allows users to gain full control over their messages, be it in group or one-on-one conversation, and even given the ability to recall a message before it is read. Different groups and individual recipients can have varying privacy control settings. You can set the lifespan of a message and whether it can be forwarded or not. TigerText believes that social sharing should be made possible without compromise on privacy.

Here are the apps top features:

    • Create and manage groups easily: Create new groups and add or delete individuals from groups with one simple and intuitive drag-and-drop. TigerText’s group messages have the same level of control and confirmation as any one-on-one conversation.
    • Recall messages: Recall messages with typos, misdirected information or pictures from the recipient’s phone before they are read or seen.
    • Control the lifespan of a message: The lifespan of messages and the ability to prevent messages from being forwarded can be tailored for each conversation or contact; expired messages are completely erased from all phones and servers.
    • Keep their identity private: A TigerText username is created and is independent of any personal information so that users can keep phone numbers and names private.
    • Confirm message delivery: Real-time notifications let users know when a message is received or when a phone is really turned off.
    • Navigate with ease: The interactive, intuitive and easy-to-navigate app features a picture-based friend list, organized by the individuals and groups that are most frequently messaged, and conversations with soon-to-expire messages.
    • Message anywhere, anytime: TigerText works on WiFi and cell phone provider networks; TigerText users can send an unlimited amount of messages for free.

This is a particularly important area of mobile security, protecting ourselves not from third-party attackers but from our own innocent mishaps. An average user sends over 2,000 text messages per quarter. That being said, not all of these text messages goes to its intended recipient.

Due to the rising privacy breaches on mobile devices, mobile security solutions are popping out to deal with the pervasiveness of malicious cyber attacks on portable gadgets. And many aspects of mobile security and privacy are leveraging SMS capabilities. SecurSend Lite, for instance, is a free Android app that password-protects text messages before they can be opened. This is to make sure that only the intended recipient can read it. There’s a paid version of the app as well, which adds a stenography feature that hides the actual message behind a picture to enhance protection. There’s also ESET Mobile Security, a free beta app for Android that offers malware protection, an antitheft system, call blocking, SMS blacklisting, and similar security offerings.

Here’s a list of 25 other Android security apps that will enhance the protection of your personal data. Android devices support security functionalities so you can run these apps on the background. Malware attacks can’t be taken lightly, always making a comeback every time they are eliminated by Google from the marketplace.

Moreover, Clairmail joins the RSA Secured Partner Program, EMC’s security division, for interoperability between Clairmail’s Mobile Banking Solutions and RSA Adaptive Authentication . Clairmail financial institution customers can now protect their mobile web and Smart Client deployment with the same authentication platform used by over 8,000 organizations worldwide.