I’m not a big fan of the current surveillance state and in the era of government mass-surveillance programs, I don’t think encrypted communications are an unsound investment meant only for those with tin-foil hats. So I was interested in the EFF’s recent scorecard rating the security of supposedly “secure” messaging products.
According to the EFF:
The scorecard includes more than three dozen tools, including chat clients, text messaging apps, email applications, and technologies for voice and video calls. EFF examined them on seven factors, like whether the message is encrypted both in-transit and at the provider level, and if the code is audited and open to independent review. Six of these tools scored all seven stars…
The EFF’s list of communications technologies included many that I’ve never even heard of. Many of the more popular apps, like AIM, Yahoo! Messenger scored only 1 star, which apparently means they suck. One app, Tencent’s “QQ” didn’t earn a single star.