This week I have been testing out a new encrypted email app called Virtru. I know what you’re thinking, another email app with encryption, big deal. Well, this one happens to have some key features and a major plus in the developer department. Below is a description of what the app does.
Former National Security Agency cloud expert, Will Ackerly, is co-founder and chief technology guru. Yea, former NSA employee giving you the top-level encryption for your Android phone. Currently, the focus for Virtru is strictly email however, their site states that they plan to move into Instant Messaging as well as SMS features in the future.
Throughout the week, I have been shooting emails through the app with different information just to test it. It really does a great job of encrypting the data being sent. The only issue I have found(may be isolated) is with sending to government email addresses. The encryption acted funny when opening on a few emails, but after some work around it was able to open the email just fine. The site states that anyone can read the encrypted email as long as they have an encrypted file reader, so the government email may just be a security issue with the email host.
One of the key features of Virtru, is that you can set a certain amount of time that the receiver has to read the email. Meaning, if information is time sensitive, you can set the email to expire in say two days and after that the email is no longer viewable. I couldn’t find a use for it in my workflow however, I see the added benefit for major business email accounts. This feature is available after tapping to start a new email and then tapping the security settings header. You can make the email secure or not secure, as well as set an expiration date and disable email forwarding.
Another key feature, which I wish every email app could work into the code, is the ability to revoke access to any email you have sent out through Virtru. Say you send an email to a client, but the attachment you sent is for another client and has sensitive information, with Virtru you can go to that email and click revoke access and they can no longer read the email. Pretty awesome feature that I have an absolute use for with my current workflow.
The last feature, is the disable forwarding of email, which is easy to set up as I have described above. Through testing, the feature worked great with no email sent secure being able to be forwarded. I have not tested thoroughly enough to work around and see if you are able to copy and paste any of the information with a work around or not. However, straight out of the box you cannot forward any email sent secure through Virtru.
Overall, I give this app high ratings for the amount of security it offers, as well as the features that area available. If you have a business and send out sensitive information to clients, or if you just want to add a little security to your email, this is definitely an app worth having.
Official Website: www.virtru.com