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Carnegie Mellon Mobile App Secures Communications

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SafeSlinger app

Credit: CMU

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers have developed SafeSlinger, a mobile application that helps users establish trusted relationships with others for spur-of-the-moment digital transactions.

SafeSlinger provides a mechanism for enabling users to exchange public keys that then establish secure channels for sending messages or exchanging files. "With SafeSlinger, users can gain control over their exchanged information through end-to-end encryption, preventing intermediate servers or service providers from reading their messages or other sensitive stored data in their smartphones," says CMU professor Adrian Perrig.

He says the app provides a way for users to secure their communications without relying on obscure mechanisms. "SafeSlinger provides users with an easy way to securely exchange messages for free, finally providing people with control over their own information," says CMU researcher Jon McClure.

From Campus Technology 
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