Twitter Acquires Android Security Firm Whisper Systems

Twitter has acquired Whisper Systems – a firm deals with enterprise-grade security on Android devices. It has been confirmed by the firm through a post on its blog. The firm further states, “Whisper Systems software as our users know it will live on (and we have some surprises in store that we’re excited about), but there is unfortunately a transition period where we will have to temporarily take our products and services offline.”

Considering the version numbers of Whisper Systems’ products, it seems that all of its products are currently in a beta stage. The acquisition of firm is a part of Twitter’s struggle to have a team that ensures security of its own system, which has been one of the major problems for Twitter for past few months. A good number of security problems appear because users inability of understand how to protect themselves on the social network.

The acquisition of Whisper Systems by Twitter is quite understandable, if we go through how the firm works. It actually takes the responsibility of security off of the users and putting it into the systems to ensure security on users’ behalf.

Back in 2010, a post on VentureBeat introduced Whisper Systems as a system specifically designed to assist users by hiding them from Google and other mobile carriers while using Android platform. This means that carriers cannot track them when they are on Android platform.

Whisper Systems has two extremely vital systems including: WhsiperCore and TextSecure. WhisperCore is a system that “integrates with underlying Android OS to protect everything users keep in their devices.” The TextSecure is a system that makes texting secure by storing them “in an encrypted database on your phone, and text messages are encrypted during transmission when communicating with someone else also using TextSecure.”

Twitter’s Whisper Systems acquisition seems very vital for its future. However, it is too early to say anything about how the new system will work for Twitter and should it bring the desired results for Twitter. We will come to know soon.

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