Sep 17 AT 12:28 PM Brooks Barnard 7 Comments

VIPole Secure Messenger: A communications app for the security conscious

Security is a big issue in this day and age. We have personal information in a lot of different places, and if we’re not careful it can easily get into the wrong hands. This extends beyond just photos that were meant for just you and your significant other. It’s not hard to imagine it being necessary to have messages, photos or voice conversations transmitted in a secure manner. This goes for personal and business use. We all have private conversations and we hope they stay private. Why not use a method dedicated to securing encrypted conversations?

VIPole Secure Messenger is just what it sounds like: a secure messenger with a full set of useful features and tools for collaboration and data storage. VIPole uses strong end-to-end encryption to protect user’s privacy, personal and business communications (including group chats, voicemail, audio, and video calls) as well as all types of files and data. I can make no claim on how secure VIPole is as an app or communication client; I am not a hacker, nor did I try to intercept any of my sent messages. I have no idea how to go about doing that. But what I can tell you is that VIPole offers a very complete mobile communication suite that has a very usable and intuitive experience.

VIPole Security Levels

The setup to use VIPole definitely feels very secure. You must first create a unique VIPole ID that will be associated with an email account and password. The account then needs to be activated through your email, followed by the creation of a unique randomly generated private key that’s made by moving your finger around the display. Following the private key generation, you then enter a secret phrase to encrypt your user profile, then the VIPole secure messaging experience can begin. Contacts can be searched for, notes can be written, passwords can be managed and more, all within the secure VIPole app.

One thing I find particularly useful about VIPole it that it is a cross platform application that supports versions for Android, Windows, Mac OS and Linux. This means that you can chat with a loved one or do business from a variety of locations. Additionally, VIPole offers a variety of options depending on your needs. There is a free version for personal use that will work great for basic messaging needs. VIPole also offers professional and business plans that include features like encrypted file storage and the ability to edit and delete historical messages on both sides of the message. For business users, VIPole offers server solutions and business group accounts with special security settings.

When you initially log into VIPole on your Android device, there is a persistent notification in your status bar. I greatly appreciate when an app lets you remove the persistent notifications from within the app settings, and VIPole does allow this. Feel free to check out the other settings options and features within the app by checking out the gallery below.

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So what do you, as the security conscious user, think about VIPole? It can’t hurt to try, right? It’s free, it’s secure and it has lots of features with an easy to use interface. Are you going to try it out? Have you already tried it? How is it working for you? Let us know by commenting below.

VIPole is available now from the Google Play Store and is also available from vipole.com for you desktop. Check it out now.

 

Brooks is an engineer living in the Bay Area recently dislocated from the Great Northwest. He's an Android enthusiast who decided to start doing something (productive?) with his countless hours Android modding and theming. He has a hot wife, is a father of three, an avid F1 fan, and enjoys watching sports when he can. His current devices include the Nexus 6 and 7 (2103) both running stock roms and may or may not be rooted. You can follow Brooks on Twitter @Brooks_Barnard.

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  • John in Brisbane

    Nup. If I was smart enough to actually enact my evil plan for world domination, I’d also know that this kind of thing is probably designed and distributed by security agencies, precisely to lure my henchmen into thinking they can discuss our frikkin laser beams.

  • John in Brisbane

    oh, and muah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !!!!

  • Sam Winston

    You can use one account both on android and desktop simultaneously, i found it great as most of such messengers are only for mobiles.

  • PacoBell

    No open source, no trust. Period.

    • Joseph T

      they have plans to make the encryption module open source, there is an early announcement on the developer’s blog. as for me the app seems to be good alternative to similar messengers thank to full featured desktop version

  • Armando Lopez de Victoria

    Trial

    • Armando Lopez de Victoria

      Trial2