Keeping data safe is one of the major challenges contemporary businesses face, and one of the most important tools in increasing security and fending off cyber attacks, phishing scams, and hacks is the encrypted smartphone. Since the very beginning of the Internet age, businesses and individuals have relied on PGP encryption to ensure that confidential information stays confidential, and with the rise of smartphones the PGP encrypted phone has become the standard way of ensuring secure end-to-end communications.

In order to be effective, however, PGP encryption needs to be properly installed, which typically reduces a phone’s functionality so it can only send and receive emails. In the fast-paced world of contemporary business, this can be frustrating for those who are used to having access to a range of applications, from voice calling to image sharing. In particular, the loss of chat functionality is considered to be one of the most irritating realities of using most PGP encrypted phones. But does first-rate security have to come at the cost of ease-of-use? The most recent developments in encryption suggest this is no longer the case.

The next step in the evolution of the encrypted smartphone is a new service called ChatMail Secure that brings together the watertight security of the latest cryptography with the ease and functionality of messaging. In an industry first, ChatMail has created a multi-layer integrated encryption platform that uses the proprietary ChatMail Advanced Messaging and Parsing Protocol (CAMP) to provide a smoother, more seamless communication platform protected by both PGP and Elliptical Curve cryptography.

When communicating with other CAMP-equipped phones, users have access to advanced functions like group chat, voice messaging, picture messaging, and standard chat. However, they can also communicate with regular PGP encrypted smartphones using standard PGP software — the phone defaults to the strongest type of encryption, and contacts are colour-coded to show whether they are internal (also using the CAMP protocol) or external (using PGP software).

It would be hard to overstate how profound an impact these developments are likely to have on cyber security in the business community. PGP encryption has been around since the early 1990s, but many businesses and organizations that might otherwise have considered making encryption part of their secure communications strategies have been put off by the cumbersome nature of PGP encrypted email. With ChatMail’s CAMP protocol, however, it is possible to have the best encryption on the market while maintaining a clean, easy-to-use interface that mirrors the functionality of a non-encrypted smartphone.

The 21st century has been a time of rapid technological change, and as previously unimaginable levels of connectivity have created new and better ways of doing business, a high standard of expectation has been set. Modern businesspeople want to be able to communicate instantly and easily using convenient tools like chat and image sharing. At the same time, with new digital threats arising every year, developing strong security practices is an ongoing task that requires constant engagement with the newest software. ChatMail’s new encryption service has managed to blend these two disparate and often competing needs into a single package, one that allows users to maintain the highest standards of security and the most up-to-date interface on the market.