G DATA Releases Encrypted Chat Mobile Messaging Application

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Security Firm Offers SECURE CHAT in Celebration of its 30th Anniversary Free version available to consumers, Premium version available for G DATA Internet Security for Android users

Over two billion smartphone owners worldwide use mobile messaging. To prevent private communication from being tapped into and to enable users to retain their full digital freedom simply, quickly and securely, G DATA has released its messaging application, SECURE CHAT. The app is initially available for Android and offers highly secure, multiple-encrypted SMS and chat communication that also includes sharing of files such as images or graphics. SECURE CHAT protects the privacy of the user against data leaks and cyber eavesdropping, and offers the freedom of exchanging chat messages and data securely. G DATA has opted for the secure Axolotl protocol for SECURE CHAT, which is available now for free in the Google Play store.

“In today’s world, the privacy of the individual as well as businesses is in constant peril with the growing ability of hackers to tap into and steal data,” said Andy Hayter, security evangelist, G DATA. “We created the SECURE CHAT app with the strongest encryption protocol possible, to offer users the ability to easily communicate with each other without having to worry about the security of their conversations and data.”

Privacy guaranteed
G DATA SECURE CHAT offers multiple-encrypted SMS and chat communication and guarantees the secure exchange of photos, videos and other media. Users retain the rights to their images and texts without fear of third party exploitation or re-use. Thanks to the self-destruct timer in SECURE CHAT, the sender can specify when images or messages are deleted – even on the recipient's device.

Encrypted communication
Due to its elliptic curve cryptography process, the Axolotl protocol is internationally considered to be practically impossible to hack. G DATA insisted on a method that allows the servers for SECURE CHAT to be located on company premises. This lets G DATA guarantee its customers’ adherence with the German data protection act.

G DATA SECURE CHAT is now available for free in the Google Play store, with full encryption functionality for SMS and chat communication.

G DATA SECURE CHAT at a glance:
● Secure end-to-end encryption for individual and group chats
● Send images and photos quickly, simply and, above all, securely via cryptography
● Messages with self-destruct timer
● Backup of local chat history on an SD card
● Encryption of local chat history using a password

Features of the Premium version (valid G DATA INTERNET SECURITY FOR ANDROID license required):
● Phishing filter for URLs in chat messages
● Filter for incoming and outgoing messages and SMS
● Hide SMS messages from specific contacts

G DATA turns 30: from a garage start-up to a global business
In 1985 Kai Figge and Andreas Lüning visited the Hanover trade fair. Both were fascinated by the new Atari ST that was presented at the show. From the very beginning, there was great demand for this computer and the associated software. The young men decided to take the plunge and started developing software that they marketed under the name G DATA. It did not take long for the first viruses for the Atari to show up, spreading themselves from diskettes via the boot sector. At the time, no software existed that offered protection against this type of malware. This inspired Andreas Lüning to develop software in 1987 that scanned diskettes for viruses - the first commercial security solution in the world.

About G DATA
IT security was invented in Germany: G DATA Software AG is the antivirus pioneer. It was more than 28 years ago that the company, founded in Bochum in 1985, developed the first program to combat computer viruses. These days, G DATA is one of the world's leading providers of IT security solutions.

Test results prove that IT security "Made in Germany" offers Internet users the best possible protection. Stiftung Warentest has been testing Internet security products since 2005. In all seven tests performed between 2005 and 2014, G DATA achieved the best virus detection rate. In comparative tests by AV-TEST, G DATA regularly demonstrates the best results in the detection of computer malware. Internationally, G DATA INTERNET SECURITY has also been awarded best Internet security package by independent consumer magazines – in countries such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the USA.

The product range comprises security solutions for end customers as well as medium to large-sized enterprises. G DATA security solutions are available in more than 90 countries worldwide.

For more information about the company and G DATA security solutions, see http://www.gdata-software.com.

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