Usecrypt, a Warsaw-based privacy application, has opened its US office in New York City and a second European office in Brussels, Belgium.
The target is messaging appssuch as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Signal, where mobile users have been led to believe that their communication, both personal and business, has been secure and kept private but where recent events have uncovered a different reality.
“There are too many programs and apps that promise privacy or user control, but the latest headlines have shown that they all have backdoors that are prone to hacks and software bugs,” said Jakub Kokoszka, co-founder of Usecrypt. “Unlike competitors, we don’t store and save copies of a user’s entire phone book or share data with potential advertisers. We believe that your data should be yours and yours alone. With Usecrypt, we are bringing that privacy back into the hands of our users.”
Usecrypt claims to be a first messenger application that offers a fast, simple, and fully secured way to call, text, and share files that is even safer than face-to-face conversations. Data is not stored on Usecrypt’s server, which makes messages and call logs impossible to restore once the user permanently deletes them. Usecrypt offers secured texting, domestic and international calling capabilities which are “hacker-proof”, and with at-rest and in-use protection with IP address anonymity for iOS and Android users.
“By expanding our presence across the globe, we are able to move at a more rapid pace of achieving our mission of creating a global society connected, and protected, by true privacy,” added Kokoszka. Usecrypt says it has experienced rapid user-base growth in 17 countries, and Usecrypt Messenger recently ranked as the top paid social networking app in Poland on Apple’s App Store.