What is Redact?
Using encryption, ciphers and peer to peer messaging, Redact sends heavily encrypted messages from one phone to another without passing through any central servers. Messages you have sent or received can be redacted from both handsets at the touch of a button with no method of recovery.
Redact has been tested and featured by The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Spectator, The Evening Standard, Engadget, Yahoo, NetSecurity and many more.
We've heard a lot about similar projects planning to launch soon, and other applications that claim to do similar things such as Hemlis. However, the Redact technology is geared 100% towards privacy and security. Technologies that take your email address, Twitter account, link to Facebook or your contacts will never be secure. In this day and age, we need to be mindful of people that we're not certain we can trust. With Redact, there's no way of proving who owns what PIN - so even if you trusted someone you shouldn't have - those messages cannot come back to haunt you.
It's available for iPhone, iPod and iPad, as well as all devices running Android 4.0+.
When we built Redact, we started with iOS moved straight onto Android. We've been overwhelmed by the number of users we have picked up already, and how many of you have requested a version of Redact for OS X.
We've come to Kickstarter as it provides the perfect vehicle for those of you who are interested in helping us speed up development and release of our OS X client by helping to fund the acceleration of the development work.
Redact - You can redact any message sent using the application. Tap the redact button and the message is instantly redacted from your phone. The message is also redacted on your contact's device. There's no way to refuse a redaction or avoid it, so you can be confident your message is deleted forever.
Peer to Peer - All instant messaging apps store messages you're sending to your contacts. No matter how securely these messages are saved, they're vulnerable to hackers or government subpoenas. Redact stores no messages, contact information or usernames so there is no information to be stolen.
PINs - Redact never asks for a username, email or phone number, you're automatically assigned a PIN. Your unique number is never stored anywhere, and there is no recovery tool for hackers to exploit. Only you can change your alias, so you can be certain contacts aren't using your real name anywhere in the application.
Where Will the Money Go?
As any techies will tell you, working with secure content is tough, and time consuming. The money we raise will not only contribute towards the development of Redact for OS X - but it will also be used to fund the brutal testing the we put the apps and entire infrastructure under every time we do any kind of update or modification.
Whilst we're keen to launch the application as soon as possible, we're very clear that it must be safe and secure. You're all placing a lot of trust in us when you use Redact on Android and iOS to keep you safe... we don't intend to let you down when it comes to the desktop version.
Redact in the Press
“The Redact app is designed so any messages - both sent and received - can be removed from both handsets at the touch of a button with no method of recovery.” The Independent
“British app maker aims for first-ever CESG approval for peer-to-peer security app with hefty encryption and no usernames.” The Guardian
“An unhackable, uncrackable iPhone messaging app... the Government needs to pay attention.” The Telegraph
Risks and challenges
By it's nature, Redact is an extremely complicated application. The level of encryption and background resource required to run the application is huge, and it's really only the latest generation of smartphones that have provided the processing power we needed in order to build and release the application.
We've built Redact for two platforms before, iOS and Android. The difference between the two platforms are vast - and the development took time. Although OS X is similar to iOS, it's a much more open system, so during development, we'll have a lot to figure out in terms of keeping your information safe.
We're experienced developers, the team have collectively been working on large commercial software builds for many years. But we're not pretending development is simple. The release and reward dates we hope are achievable and accurate, but software is notoriously difficult to plan for. We'll be using Kickstarter to update everyone on the progress of both the development and design stages.
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