International fugitive John McAfee has come out of hiding yet again to preview his newest venture, Chadder.
Chadder is a new app which is supposedly going to offer “the highest degree of security and privacy” that a messaging app is capable of achieving while installed on a non-jailbroken device.
The exact owner and creator of the software is still a little murky, with marketing team based out of Silicon Valley, and a development team in Rochester, New York called Etransfr taking credit for the code that makes the whole thing as “revolutionary” as McAfee claims it is.
“The social media industry is built around the consumer also being the product,” Etransfr founder Lexi Sprague said in a canned statement. “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.”
By removing the ability for the company to store, read, or track the keys given to users for them to decrypt their message with, it prevents another situation much like the same one we saw last year with the deceased encrypted email service Lavabit.
The company had been given access to a way to decrypt several communications Snowden had sent out to several lawyers and legal counsels prior to contacting the press about the abuses. Instead of give up that information willingly, instead they decided to completely shut down their servers and pull the plug on the whole operation, flying in the face of what hundreds of other Internet companies including Yahoo, Google, and Facebook had already yielded on thousands of times per year until today.
However much you want to believe in a truly NSA-proof way to communicate with people that can absolutely guarantee the safety of the content contained inside, it’s impossible to say whether this app is going to be the answer we’ve all been looking for since the leaks started.
By McAfee’s own admission the program itself still needs to go through several testing phases before it’s confirmed as totally sealed up, however the fact that he has something up and in the Google Play store already shows his collaboration could be on the right path to something big.
“This application is in beta!” reads a disclaimer on the app’s page in the Google Play store. “We published it quickly and there is not a lot of features. The team thought everyone should have access to private messaging.”
The chosen publication platform doesn’t sound too promising unfortunately, with much of the operation taking place on top of an operating system which is already well-known as an easy hotspot for any NSA agents who might be passing by at the wrong time.
By simply tracking the actions of the users on the phones containing that specific app tailored for Android OS, the government would easily be able to corral those users into a single pool and pick anyone they needed from the fray to start a follow on.
Regardless, it’s good to see that just under a year after Snowden became a household name there are companies who are providing an easy to use solution that could, if marketed correctly, spread faster than other wildfire-esque apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp experienced over 2012-2013.