When you’re sending tax documents, personal photos or really anything via email, it can be a little unsettling. Is there a third party peeping at this? Could this somehow fall into someone else’s hands? Some of our emails have become as personal as our underwear. Good thing 24-year old Nadim Kobeissi created an encryption app called Peerio that will keep you from airing any dirty laundry or personal information anywhere in the cloud, and it just might replace Gmail, Dropbox and Slack.
Peerio keeps all of your personal messages and file shares totally private by combining cloud storage with messaging. Other security sites put up huge walls around your data and then hold onto the key to make sure hackers don’t get through. What makes Peerio stand out from all other data security sites is that it acts as an extremely secure safe that stores your data and only gives you the key. In fact, they’ll never ever see anything you send.
Your key is a 30-character-long passphrase that only you know. If you often forget your passwords and can’t imagine trying to memorize a passphrase for all your important data, there are wearables for that. And as long as you have the “key,” you can freely access your encrypted data anywhere.
Other than keeping your data in a state-of-the-art security safe, Peerio has other awesome features. You can send huge files that (up to 400 megabytes) and you get real-time delivery notifications on when your emails get opened, kind of like Facebook Messenger’s “Seen” feature. Oh and our favorite feature is the remote file destruction button. No matter how many people have forwarded your email, you can blow up all those emails with a push of a button. *Cue 007 theme song* and just walk away in slow motion.
German security firm Cure53 has found zero bugs in the coding, and for that we have to give a nod to the maker: Nice, Kobeissi! Peerio has released its beta version for Google Chrome and the app’s codes are open source on Github.
Is this what the encrypted world needs? Can you see your company using this? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!