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If you’ve been on the hunt for a secure, hassle-free app offering encrypted communication, then a newly-released utility over at the App Store might just pique your interest. Sure, it’s not the first of its kind — there are many such apps touting all manner of robust features to protect your correspondence from prying eyes. But with its sheer simplicity and ease-of-use, it’s tailor-made for the layman, and below, you can check out all of the details as well as that download link.

We live at a time in which technology is not only integral, but essential, and although it’s great having the world at our fingertips, there are, of course, some drawbacks. Namely, in having our emails, messages, images, banking and other such sensitive date all under one roof, we’re very protective over who or what gets access to it, and preservation of privacy and security is always high up on the agenda. With the NSA spy tales and instances of mass hacking doing very little to ease these woes, it’s not a stretch to suggest that many are even paranoid by what could happen if their digital safety blankets were breached, and as such, developers have long since been coming through with numerous solutions.

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The problem, really, is that they’re often rather tedious to use, leaving your average user completely bamboozled, but Signal, by Open Whisper Systems, has well and truly bucked the trend. Set-up is done and dusted in a couple of minutes, and before long, you’ll be enjoying encrypted calls – for free – on your iPhone.

Signal for iPhone

The end-to-end encryption means you can hold a conversation without the worry that somebody, somewhere may be listening, and if nothing else, offers peace of mind that, even through the perceivably secure iOS platform, you simply do not get at stock level.

Given that its completely free and doesn’t take more than a few swipes and taps to get up and running, it’s definitely worth checking out, particularly if those NSA scare stories have left you feeling a little skeptical of your security.

(Download: Signal for iPhone on the iTunes App Store)

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