The National Security Agency (NSA) and the British equivalent spy agency GCHQ had allegedly hacked into and stole information from millions of SIM cards produced by the Dutch company Gemalto. This may have given both agencies access to phone communications around the world and should serve as a warning to all that we need to protect our smartphones. Is this a national security need though?
No worries, there's smartphones apps that can protect you from the government. These apps can protect your text and phones messaging data. “Encrypted text messaging and phone systems are so easy to protect that we all have an obligation to secure ourselves,” said American Civil Liberties Union senior policy analyst Chirs Soghoian.
Soghoian believes it would be irresponsible to tell people the government might be hacking there private information and then not give ways to protect themselves. Apples iMessage system may just be all you need. Soghoian stated, "Apple encrypts the iPhone to iPhone messaging to the point where it can’t un-encrypt the data. So even if the government wanted that information and demanded it from Apple, Apple doesn’t have it,”
Signal, also known as TextSecure on Android, is a free app and one that works across all platforms. This app also is going down as one of the best app encryptors to navigate in. When Signal is used with an app called RedPhone it can also encrypt your phones on both ends, rather then just text messages.
For Soghoian, the point is to make it too difficult for the government to get into a wide range of peoples phones. He believes that innocent civilians information shouldn't be the focus, but their energy should be on the bad guys.
“These tools aren’t bullet proof but they are a million times more secure than what the phone company offers,” Soghoian says.