Stealth aims to earn the title as Indonesia’s most secure messaging app

Enricko Lukman
4:28 pm on Aug 12, 2014

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Thanks to WhatsApp’s acquisition by Facebook earlier this year, as well as Edward Snowden’s findings on how closely governments monitor citizens, a lot of people are trying to create a chat app solution free of privacy and security issues. One option is Stealth Messenger, an Android chat app that claims to be the most unbreakable in the world. It is created by Rockliffe Systems, a software company operating in the US, the UK, and Indonesia.

Stealth is a bit similar to WhatsApp in some aspects. Aside from being a chat app, it synchronizes the user ID with the user’s phone number, allowing you to add your friends from phone book. Stealth also encrypts messages so no one can intercept and read it. The messenger doesn’t save your messages in its servers either, so only individuals with the password can read the messages. It doesn’t have the kind of stickers you see in Line or KakaoTalk but Stealth does have some emoticons.

More secure than WhatsApp?

To make sure your chats are truly secured, Stealth puts in some additional security measures. It requires you to put in your password when you want to open the Stealth app (if it’s not in the app background). There is also an additional picture lock mechanism to make sure no one can snoop behind and read your messages. Until you fully unlock the app, Stealth will encrypt all the messages on the screen (pictured below).

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left to right: encrypted and decrypted screens on Stealth

See: 4 reasons why WhatsApp can’t be number one in Indonesia

Another feature Stealth has is a burn messages feature whereby the read messages will automatically delete themselves, similar to SnapChat or Line’s Hidden Chat feature. Also, Stealth disables the screenshot feature.

Alternative chat app for security

After launching the service on July 18th, Rockliffe CEO John Davies hopes that Stealth will become the industry standard for secure messaging. But how will it play out in Asian countries where users aren’t concerned about security and privacy? Stealth might find some challenges in convincing users to install another chat app on their smartphones.

Davies is betting that users will still find this app useful, especially for confidential chats. “We don’t expect users will switch, we expect they will still use the other apps for non-confidential discussions. As you know Indonesians love chat apps and typically run four or five products,” says Davies. He adds, “Looking beyond government snooping and Facebook privacy worries, we believe Stealth will appeal to the youth in Indonesia.”

Rockliffe itself is making most of its money from building secure mail servers for clients worldwide. The company has actually created another chat app in the past called Mangga Messenger to compete with BlackBerry Messenger in 2010, but it did not take off. They believe that security and privacy will become a bigger concern for all chat users in the coming years, which is why they have put in about a year working on Stealth.

Stealth is currently available on Android for no fees over the first year. However, the team will charge enterprises for additional features.

The team is currently developing Stealth’s iOS version as well as VoIP calling feature.

Other messaging app coming out from Indonesia include EMass and Catfiz.

Editing by David Corbin and Josh Horwitz
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  • ibser ver

    Now they called StealthChat

  • Jon Dough

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    I can go to Googirl Play and sign in there with my Googirl gmail account and Click install and it will take a while and than state “installed.”
    But the app is not in apps, app draw or settings > applications ect.

    Since I refuse to sign in to Googirl with my phone, I really don’t care much for Googirl. and have frozen all of Googirls 7 apps, I don’t get to go to the Play store to actually get this apk on the phone, but I get an extra day (2 total) not running the snoppers apks . Ii really do NOT want or need 3 -5 apps running daily, all the time, just to use the Play store once per month.

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    So in order to download a SECURED app / apk we have to get it from someone who is tracking and data mining EVERY thing we do? Isn’t hat a real double standard!
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  • Jon Dough

    Very well done article. Thanks!

    So we have only one place to get this app, and the CEO of Googirl, Mr Schmidt, stated quote. . .
    ” We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.”

    I can go to Googirl Play and sign in there with my Googirl gmail account and Click install and it will take a while and than state “installed.”
    But the app is not in apps, app draw or settings > applications ect.

    Since I refuse to sign in to Googirl with my phone, I really don’t care much for Googirl. and have frozen all of Googirls 7 apps, I don’t get to go to the Play store to actually get this apk on the phone, but I get an extra day (2 total) not running the snoppers apks . Ii really do NOT want or need 3 -5 apps running daily, all the time, just to use the Play store once per month.

    Since I live in the United States of Enron, the “they” wont let me download this fine apk from amazom UK. Something about crossing the water blah, blah, even tho there is the same apk in one place in the US. So much being a World Wide Web er ah “one world thingy.”

    So in order to download a SECURED app / apk we have to get it from someone who is tracking and data mining EVERY thing we do? Isn’t that a real double standard!
    Hummm!

  • Jon Dough

    Very well done article. Thanks!

    So we have only one place to get this app, and the CEO of Googirl, Mr Schmidt, stated quote. . .
    ” We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.”

    I can go to Googirl Play and sign in there with my Googirl gmail account and Click install and it will take a while and than state “installed.”
    But the app is not in apps, app draw or settings > applications ect.

    Since I refuse to sign in to Googirl with my phone, I really don’t care much for Googirl. and have frozen all of Googirls 7 apps, I don’t get to go to the Play store to actually get this apk on the phone, but I get an extra day (2 total) not running their data mining apks . I really do NOT want or need 3 -5 apps running daily, all the time, just to use the Play store once per month.
    Yes I can freeze them after I get the apks I need but it’s the IDEA of them recording what I dnloaded to my phone.

    Since I live in the United States of Enron, the “they” wont let me download this fine apk from amazom UK. Something about crossing the water blah, blah, even tho there is the same apk in one place in the US. So much being a World Wide Web er ah “one world thingy.”

    So in order to download a SECURED app / apk we have to get it from someone who is tracking and data mining EVERY thing we do? Isn’t that a real double standard!
    Hummm!

  • Jon Dough

    Very well done article. Thanks!

    So we have only one place to get this app, and the CEO of Googirl, Mr Schmidt, stated quote. . .
    ” We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.”

    I can go to Googirl Play and sign in there with my Googirl gmail account and Click install and it will take a while and than state “installed.”
    But the app is not in apps, app draw or settings > applications ect.

    Since I refuse to sign in to Googirl with my phone, I really don’t care much for Googirl. and have frozen all of Googirls 7 apps, I don’t get to go to the Play store to actually get this apk on the phone, but I get an extra day (2 total) not running their data mining apks . I really do NOT want or need 3 -5 apps running daily, all the time, just to use the Play store once per month.
    Yes I can freeze them after I get the apks I need but it’s the IDEA of them recording what I dnloaded to my phone.

    Since I live in the United States of Enron, the “they” wont let me download this fine apk from amazom UK. Something about crossing the water blah, blah, even tho there is the same apk in one place in the US. So much being a World Wide Web er ah “one world thingy.”

    So in order to download a SECURED app / apk we have to get it from someone who is tracking and data mining EVERY thing we do? Isn’t that a real double standard!
    Hummm!

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