First, someone noted that Skype technology possessed pretty strong encryption. And while it is only a matter of time before folks crack Skype encryption (or Skype cracks from lawsuits), in the tech sector someone else is always finding a new and better way to do things.
Next up in the “protect your phone conversations” department – Zfone, the latest creation by PGP whiz Phil Zimmerman. Wired calls it “a pretty good way to to foil the NSA”, and coming from Zimmerman, I wouldn’t doubt it. PGP was on the ITAR list for a while, and if my memory serves me correctly, Mr. Zimmerman even got a bit of heat for creating PGP in the first place.
PGP has been available as a commercial app for sometime. I’ve been using it since my Windows 2000 days to secure disk data. Steal my laptop or backup drive and you’ll find it pretty much useless for anything other than hardware resale. It wouldn’t surprise me if Zfone is hardened the same way.
So much for all that wiretapping political rigmarole.
More on phone call security, from someone who might know a bit about security.