May 5, 2014 Last Updated 10:07 am

New Android and Windows app, Chadder, sends messages encrypted on the user’s side

Recipient needs key to decrypt message, keeping it encrypted on the server side (as well as the snooper’s side)

Future Tense Central, a new company from John McAfee, has launched a new messaging app designed to encrypt text messages. The app was developed in partnership with Etransfr at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The app is available for both Android and Windows, and will be soon for iOS, according to the company’s website (increasingly we are finding company’s having to launch on Android first while their apps are held up by Apple).

Chadder-app“The social media industry is built around the consumer also being the product. Chadder is here to prove that young people want privacy just as much as adults do. The application is simple and straight forward with a lot of power given to the user,” said Lexi Sprague, founder of Etransfr.

McAfee-sm“At the end of the day it is about giving privacy and control back to the user without scaring them off with complicated log in and messaging processes. The team behind the program Chadder believes there needs to be a balance between usability and privacy!”

The app works by encrypting the message on the user’s end.The encrypted message then goes into the company’s servers and delivered to the recipient who has the key to decrypt the message. “Chadder is a fun and easy to use messaging app that happens to keep your communications private. So private that we can’t see it ourselves,” McAfee said.

FTC has another app inside the Google Play store called DCentral1 which scans installed applications for permissions on your device that make your information vulnerable. It, too, is not currently available for iOS, though the company hopes to have it on the Apple App Store eventually.

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