Silent Circle squares up to Skype with semi-secure calls to normal phones


Encrypted communications outfit Silent Circle, which has telco distribution deals for its secure voice app and $30 million funding in the bank, has introduced the ability to call out to regular phone numbers while maintaining a modicum of security. The “Out-Circle” feature lets users make calls to 79 countries that are encrypted between the device and Silent Circle’s servers, then sent out to the normal phone network. That means calls are secure in the country where the caller is, even if they’re not on the recipient’s side – useful in certain circumstances, and certainly more secure than Skype(s msft). Plans start at $12.95 for 100 minutes.


Rufo Guerreschi

If a IP phone service has 3 undetectable holes or 10, it still has the same level of security. What make’s a difference is the most estimated number and kind of actors having access to at least one. By that standard the Skype on Windows may be safer, for the principles of “feudal security” (see Schneier)

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