Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab has unveiled new smartphone app for iOS and Android users called Safeslinger, which claimed to ensure safe transmission of identity data, overcoming the risk of theft, deception and fraud.
The new app, which was introduced at the annual ACM Conference for Mobile Computing and Networking held in Miami, is claimed to transmit messages for free without the need to trust any external party.
According to the developer, SafeSlinger is based on the user-centric security design that includes an advanced protocol with integrated cryptographic schemes and factors offering protection from various attacks.
CMU CyLab researcher Yue-Hsun Lin said that many mobile messenger apps still use unencrypted and even unauthorised messages for their communication.
"Adversaries can easily wiretap or hijack any communication between those insecure apps," Lin added.
"SafeSlinger protects message secrecy and authenticity against network threats through modern cryptography, but still keeps a simple user experience like today's messenger apps."
SafeSlinger team member Tiffany Hyun-Jin Kim said, "The details of the cryptographic schemes are complicated, however our user-centric design does not require user awareness, and with minimal user interaction the benefits of SafeSlinger are amplified when several users wish to set up a secure communication channel."