Securing Your Private Communications

Michael Vizard

A lot of executives are trying to stay off the Internet as much as possible these days. It's not because they hate technology, but rather because they are concerned about who might ultimately see the information they are sharing either via e-mail, a social network or even a voice-over-IP phone call.

 

What many of them are starting to crave is the relative security of their traditional phone lines that were secured by the phone company and required a court order to tap into unless it was a matter of national security covered under the terms of The Patriot Act.

 

Given this climate, it will be interesting to see how the business community responds to VaporStream, a company that allows customers to send electronic messages that are never stored on the recipient or sender's machines. VaporStream today expanded that "confidential messaging" service to include support for a range of mobile computing devices in addition to content filtering capabilities.

 

 

According to VaporStream CEO Jack Hembrough, the service works by leveraging video memory of any display device. A message is sent to a server managed by VaporStream, which then alerts the recipient via standard e-mail that they have a message. When the recipient clicks on the link, VaporStream sends a copy of the message to the video RAM on the recipient's system. That message is essentially a video copy of the original message, complete with pictures of any attachments, that disappears once the recipient reads the message. Once that message is read, the original message then disappears from the VaporStream servers.



Hembrough concedes that there are some instances where the use of VaporStream might violate some SEC rules. But outside of those limited range restrictions, Hembrough says there are no limitations anywhere else concerning the use of VaporStream. Best of all, Hembrough says the VaporStream service gives business executives peace of mind about their electronic messages for all of $7.50 per month per user.


As internal security breaches such as WikiLeaks become more common, Hembrough expects to soon have a thriving messaging service flowing through its servers. It may not replace traditional messaging systems, but when it absolutely, positively has to be there securely, VaporStream may prove to be the surest way of making that happen.



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