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Virtru Launches Its Encrypted Email App for Android on the One-Year Anniversary of Snowden Revelations

New Virtru App Lets Gmail and Other Android Users Easily Encrypt Email and Keep Private Information Private

WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 06/05/14 -- Today marks the one-year anniversary of The Guardian newspaper's first published reports on the mass surveillance practices of the U.S. government brought forth by Edward Snowden. As a digital privacy company dedicated to making it easy to keep private communications private, Virtru is proud to announce the availability of Virtru for Android on Google Play. With Virtru's end-to-end encryption and privacy features on their devices, Android users can control who receives, reviews and retains their digital information -- wherever it travels, throughout its lifespan.

Already popular with iPhone users, Virtru has brought the same powerful capabilities to the Android operating system. Virtru works with a user's existing Gmail account or any other email provider. Messages can be sent secure to anyone, anywhere regardless of their email provider or what software they use to read their email.

Key features of the free Android app include:

  • Encrypt messages before they leave your phone leveraging AES 256-bit with Perfect Forward Secrecy to protect encryption keys.
  • Control who has access to email messages and files and for how long.
  • Revoke access to messages at any time.
  • Restrict forwarding and set expirations to particularly sensitive emails.
  • Installs in less than a minute and requires no new password.

Before Virtru, individuals and organizations had no way to prevent unwanted email forwards or unintended recipients seeing something they shouldn't on an email chain. Now, with Virtru, users can choose when to keep digital content private and secure -- even after it's left the outbox. Users can manage and revoke access to emails, photos, files and other content at any time, right from within their favorite programs, on the desktop or mobile device.

"We are in a new era of heightened awareness and concern for digital privacy, and we are pleased to announce the extension of the Virtru solution to the Android community," said John Ackerly, CEO of Virtru. "Virtru empowers individuals to take control of their email and to ensure that their confidential messages are secure and protected. With Virtru, everyone can choose who sees their information, for how long, and whether sensitive information can be forwarded. It's easy, powerful, and works with existing email services."

Virtru never stores or has access to user content. Email passwords are stored securely on the individual's device and never in the Cloud. Virtru will only share encryption keys when required by an individualized search warrant based on probable cause. The company's complete privacy policy can be found here: https://www.virtru.com/privacy-policy

Virtru for Android can be downloaded from the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fsck.virtru.k9

About Virtru
Virtru is the first company to make email privacy accessible to everyone. With a single plug-in, Virtru empowers individuals and businesses to control who receives, reviews, and retains their digital information -- wherever it travels, throughout its lifespan. The company has set a new standard for digital privacy based on the Trusted Data Format (TDF), created by Virtru Co-Founder Will Ackerly and used by the intelligence community to secure some of the nation's most sensitive data. Virtru requires no special skills or knowledge, supports all popular email and file types, and can be used on a PC, Mac, or mobile device. To learn more about the company, visit www.virtru.com and follow @virtruprivacy on Twitter.

Media Contact:
April H. Burghardt
PR for Virtru
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