iPhone App: Privacy PGP Messenger – Sending GPG/PGP Signed Email

Privacy PGP Messenger for iOS

Ever since I first dove down into the many protocol specifications of a typical email-setup. I noticed that there is very little (no) privacy, and (absolutely) no security.

Sure, most protocols can be “tunneled” through SSL/TLS in the Session and Presentation Layer. But how can you guarantee message integrity when it relays off to another server? In between datacenters and so on? And to think every message is stored in anything but cleartext, is wishful thinking.

Most clients support S/MIME, but is embarrassingly uncommon and terrible at presenting (attachment galore). GPG/PGP is in my opinion, albeit a little tricky, the ultimate privacy solution.

Privacy PGP Messenger Example

What about mobile clients you ask? One simple and very easy to use app for sending GPG/PGP signed email is Privacy PGP Messenger for iOS. It fetches the public key associated with the email address from a public keyserver (probably MIT), signs your message and uses your existing account in the Mail app to send.

It is generally recommended with GPG/PGP software that the private key associated with your email-address is kept Private. Preferably only one copy and stored offline. Therefore, this app is not a solution for Receiving signed email.

Happy Signing!

The Old Reader (RSS Reader) – Best Online RSS Alternative, after Google Reader Discontinuation

The Old Reader Logo

I personally check RSS-feeds every day and ever since Google Reader got discontinued a while back, I’ve found a viable alternative, The Old Reader. The service easily allowed me to import my old feeds through an OPML-file, and even gave me instructions how to export my Google Reader feeds.

The service does not (yet) offer any iPhone app, or Andriod equivalent that I know of. However, since it seems to be already optimized for mobile browsers, it is not an issue of mine. Simply create a iOS homescreen shortcut from Safari, and you’re done. Fancy web 2.0 HTML5 site-build adds a nice feel and the controls are what you would expect from an RSS reader.

Apart from the occasional slowdowns, site-downs (I hope you like cats) and internal conflicts within the site crew. I highly recommend it.

Knitting Contacts, Infinite Radio Transmissions – Social Media OnTheGo

Facebook iPhone Ad

It’s nothing new, It’s not coming, it’s here and been here for a while now. Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and so on. Found their way in to our pockets, and has become -some more common than others- an integrated part of the users smartphone operating system.

Their almost instant transition from the desktop to the handheld, has switched priorities around. A simple photo with a name and author, is no longer enough. The services already giant library of hash tags has shown its worth and still grows bigger. Written with the thumbs of thousands of smartphone users.

Every mobile upload comes with GPS coordinates, upload date and the optional description and hash tags. The familiar Status Update is more than just text. More often than not, users tend to allow Location Data and perhaps add People you are with to the update.

I’m not opposed this development, quite the contrary. I just find it amazing that with such common hardware, wide software library‘s and clever use of the radio spectrum. These devices can accomplish so much, with only a set battery milliampere barely limiting the user experience.

Knitting contacts OnTheGo, Spewing infinite radio transmissions. The user seamlessly accomplish, with her handheld device.

iPhone App: SMS Rage Faces – Fooling Around in iMessage

SMS Rage Faces: Main Screen SMS Rage Faces: Faces Selection
SMS Rage Faces: Camera Booth SMS Rage Faces: Camera Booth Example

SMS Rage Faces app for iPhone is a fun way to add a little touch to your text-messages, and fool around with pictures in your camera roll. And best of all, its completely free!

Features Include:

  • SMS Rage Faces in 45 categories, and 1400+ Faces in total
  • 170+ Camera Booth Objects
  • All images are optimized to fit into iMessage
  • Images are sent as PNG files
  • Images can be pasted into other iPhone apps (Not just iMessage!)