Carnegie Mellon University CyLab researchers have developed a new smartphone app that leverages the growing proliferation of these devices to establish a secure basis for Internet communications.
SafeSlinger is used to securely exchange data among a group of users. You may select any fields from your personal contact, photo, and/or developer-designed keys for exchange. Each user will enter a pair of short numbers and confirm a 3-word list matches that displayed by other users’ phones communicating via SSL.
“With SafeSlinger, users can gain control over their exchanged information through end-to-end encryption, preventing intermediate servers or service providers from reading their messages or other sensitive stored data in their smartphones,” said Adrian Perrig, technical director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab and a professor of electrical and computer engineering at CMU.
“We increasingly lose control over our data. But SafeSlinger’s user-centric security design includes an advanced protocol, which incorporates elements of several cryptographic schemes and factors in the prevention of numerous types of attacks,” said Perrig.