HOUSTON, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, electronic communication security has reached a level never seen before with the launch of ExtraSecure, the most secure iOS email application with the tightest possible encryption and innovative productivity features. ExtraSecure's zero knowledge technology provides Apple iPhone and iPad users with the peace of mind knowing their email communications are private. Using AES-256 end-to-end encryption, nobody, not foreign governments, not corporations, not email providers see subject lines, content, or attachments.
ExtraSecure's zero knowledge capability allows for a level of privacy that previously was only available to the military, NSA, or large enterprises, yet with iPhone convenience and ease-of-use. FIPS 140-2 compliant, ExtraSecure encrypts the email at the user's iPhone or iPad and decrypts it at another ExtraSecure user's iOS device, with emails, attachments and messages remaining private at all times with no outside party gaining access.
"ExtraSecure is for collaborators who want peace of mind knowing their sensitive subject matter will stay private," said Jesse Tannahill, ExtraSecure's Chief Architect. "Other email providers have claimed end-to-end encryption, but every version we've studied has gaps and vulnerabilities. Our innovation has created an app that leverages the inherent capabilities of the iPhone and iPad, including the automatic creation and secure storage of a highly-complex password using Apple's hardware and keychain technology. ExtraSecure never transmits or stores the user's private key. It stays in a user's keychain, or on their Apple device. We never know what a user's password is or the contents of their emails. THAT'S zero knowledge."
ExtraSecure Generated Password
Others claiming to offer zero knowledge often require the user to generate and remember their own password. This compromises security because human nature causes them to use patterns or rely on their history, which hackers can readily decipher. ExtraSecure's software automatically generates a much more secure, totally random 32-character password for the user, which the iPhone or iPad conveniently, automatically, and securely stores and manages.
"A user's iPhone or iPad and their Apple keychain securely and easily manage this complex and nearly uncrackable password," explained Tannahill. "Simply put, ExtraSecure is designed so that outside parties can't read what you don't want them to."
Users Keep Their Email Address
A second key differentiator is that many other security apps require each user to set up an entirely new email address or switch email providers, undercutting established lines of communications. ExtraSecure conveniently works through a user's existing email address and email provider, minimizing disruption.
ExtraSecure organizes emails into a traditional inbox sorted by individual contacts. The contact view shows a chronological list of the latest emails for each contact, which helps to quickly sort through a cluttered inbox. Each contact's name appears only once, cutting down on the amount of time it takes to review emails. Clicking on a contact shows a timeline of all communication specific to that contact, allowing users to efficiently find prior emails and attachments.
Real Life Examples
ExtraSecure is ideal for individuals and small business teams who use iPhones and iPads, and want to keep their emails and messages private for personal reasons, business deals, legal matters, and intellectual property management. If a lawyer wants attorney / client privilege with respect to electronic data, ExtraSecure provides that. If a patient corresponds with his or her doctor electronically, ExtraSecure makes sure no one sees their important medical information. For those who want less government and corporate interference, ExtraSecure enables that. If an executive wants to keep trade secrets away from outside sources, ExtraSecure provides that. Simply put, ExtraSecure helps avoid cataclysmic situations that impact business, society, and lives, in general.
Developed by Austin Sigma, ExtraSecure is available immediately on Apple's App Store for $9.99 a month, or $99.99 a year. All users can try it first with a 30-day free trial.
About ExtraSecure – ExtraSecure is an iPhone and iPad app that enables zero knowledge communication with other ExtraSecure users. Available through the Apple App Store, ExtraSecure sends and receives secure communications through users' existing email address using nearly any email provider including Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, and AOL. The application was created, and is marketed by Austin Sigma, a technology company with roots in enterprise IT solutions.
About Austin Sigma – Texas-based Austin Sigma was founded in 2016 by information technology veterans with experience at IBM and Texas Memory Systems. Within those organizations, the founders designed and developed high-performance solid-state disk and digital signal processing systems. Austin Sigma's mission is to create communications and storage applications that provide users with outstanding levels of security and performance. Unlike other email applications, ExtraSecure provides rigorous security safeguards within an easy-to-use app fully optimized to the iPhone and iPad.
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