October 2, 2014
From the recent celebrity cell phone hacks to potential corporate information leaks, both individuals and companies are looking for ways to keep their information secure. While there are a number of apps on the market, Ziggli – a secure messaging platform – is one the easiest ways to ensure privacy.
According to its site, “messages are not stored on the server, and are encrypted at all times, even while stored on the phone. To read the encrypted messages, the recipient simply places the Ziggli tag, any paired Bluetooth LE device, or NFC tag near the phone to decode and read the message.”
Ziggli is available on both iOS and Android and works with Bluetooth LE and NFC Tag products. The app also works in conjunction with a number of wearables.
When configuring the app, the user can set the distance for how far away the Bluetooth device needs to be from the phone in order to trigger the decryption. When it’s within the specified range, the application allows the user to read the message. When it;s outside of that range, the messages remain encrypted and unreadable.
“One of the things that we like about the product is that it works with almost everything that’s Bluetooth LE capable. You can use your Pebble Watch, or the soon to be released Apple Watch, any Bluetooth LE wristband, Bluetooth tags like Tile, or anything similar that can be paired with the phone,” says Adam Allard, the CEO and co-founder of Ziggli.
Here are some of the features first time users should know:
- Easy Security: One of the main factors that sets Ziggli apart is its usability. According to its site, “Ziggli makes it easy to view encrypted photos and messages. Messages are stored on the phone encrypted, and only temporarily decrypted for viewing when device is within the range you specify.”
- Additional Messaging Features: Users can make messaging specific to their needs: “Messages can be designated to be readable only during a certain time window. You can also mark messages to be read only within a certain radius of a geographic coordinate. Recalling or deleting any previously sent message or photo is easy, or you can choose to have messages auto-delete after a specified number of reads, or on a specific date/time,” according to their site.
- Easy to Use: While Ziggli is compatible with wearable, it’s still secure once you put down your phone “You select the range. You can also use different paired devices for different friends,” reads an excerpt on their site.
Nowadays, with security being a top priority for individuals and corporations, the Ziggli app has a feature that let’s users recall or delete messages before they are even read.
“The messaging application works with text and pictures, and we will also be releasing an email client with similar functionality,” says Allard. “Another really powerful feature of the system, especially for corporate environments, is central management. If an employee leaves, quits, or loses their phone, the company administrators can simply log into the server and invalidate the tag or Bluetooth device used for reading messages. This one step makes all messages ever sent to the mobile device immediately unreadable.”
Ziggli is positioning itself to go after two markets: consumer and corporate. In the corporate marketplace, Ziggli can provide a network appliance that can be installed within corporate data centers, and allow companies to integrate the Ziggli security features into their own environment.
“We think companies and government entities are ready for an alternative to Blackberry, and Ziggli can provide that solution using updated technology on the mobile platforms users desire,” added Allard.
More About Allard and Ziggli
Allard has been in the software field for almost 30 years. He’s been involved with a number of startups in the past and has also worked in Fortune 500 companies, as the Chief Architect. The Ziggli team also includes Sharon Allard, the company President, and Ken Snook, front-end designer.
Allard says the most important advice he can offer to up-and-coming entrepreneurs is to understand the power of your network and find compatible co-founders.
“What they need to do is find compatible co-founders, so if you aren’t a technology person find a CTO that can do the coding,” says Allard. “And networking is key in the community because it’s more about who you know, than what you know.”
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