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NSA spying revelations cause stir in privacy and security markets

There are new software and hardware platforms available to help try and reduce government and NSA snooping.

Published Sat, Feb 22 2014 5:00 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Following former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosure of widespread spying by the U.S. government, there has been a massive push to develop privacy-centric software and hardware. During the 2014 RSA Conference, which begins on Monday in San Francisco, data security and privacy solutions will be demonstrated at a frantic time in the industry.

NSA spying revelations cause stir in privacy and security markets | TweakTown.com

In addition to the "Blackphone" being publicly unveiled, Google Android apps to better protect smartphones and tablets from sophisticated malware will also be shown off. Software security company AVG plans to release a "privacy fix" to identify what information companies can easily find about individual users.

If government snooping wasn't enough, the Android OS is being targeted with malicious apps, while PC users are under fire from advanced malware.

"There has been a tremendous increase in demand in privacy products since the summer of Snowden," said Nico Sell, co-founder of secure messaging app maker Wickr, in a statement to FT. "Over the next 10 years those who will thrive will be companies that offer privacy and security and treat customer data well who have features just as good as Google, Facebook and Microsoft."

Home and business users are increasingly adopting cloud-based solutions and mobile devices, and there are significant security issues. TweakTown will be in attendance during RSA next week to see firsthand the types of products available to protect users from malicious threats and potential government snooping.

NEWS SOURCES:ft.com, channelweb.co.uk

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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