Radical Mobile App Metalk Continues to Creatively Safeguard Sensitive Information
Originating from Hong Kong and currently based operationally in Bangkok, Thailand, SecureCom Media Holdings Limited has been making waves in the social networking sector in Asia with its radical application “Metalk” (www.immetalk.com). Though serving a niche user base of business and corporate professionals, the application has been often sighted amongst the 50 top grossing applications in the Social Networking Category of Apple’s App Stores.
Launched in Early 2015 with simple chat features backed by a 256 bit AES and 1024 bit RSA encryption facility, the Metalk application has over the past year grown to include a whole range of security and privacy protection features such as the popular whisper mode, deceptive view functions, pattern password protection upon launching the application, encrypted cloud backup and so on. Users enjoy limited protection for free, while willing users may pay USD 29.99 for a year’s subscription to the more high-end security features.
On 17th February 2016, Metalk continued zealously on its quest for information privacy and protection, by launching its dual pattern password function. The original single pattern password protects against mobile theft and the possible loss of information by automatically deleting all local data if the wrong pattern password were to be drawn 5 times.
The dual pattern password allows users to select friends from their contact list and categorize them as “Private Friends”. These friends, correspondences with them, events and information posted or shared with them are hidden under the normal view, and only made visible when the second pattern password is drawn, creating a “safe haven” for sharing secrets within the application itself.
In the prospering Asian societies today, rich families often see spouses separated by geographic distance and one spouse or the other keeping a secret lover somewhere else in the world. This function has drawn considerable criticism, especially amongst female net users in Asia, as most claim that they would not allow their husbands or other half to even install the application.
However, positive feedback can also be seen amongst many users, as seen from reviews in App Store, claiming that such a function could help safeguard against pesky colleagues and possible corporate spies who roam the offices in search of a colleague’s phone, and then trying to take a peek at what’s inside.
Sources report that the CEO of licensed operator of the application, SecureCom Media Holdings Limited, Mr. Joe Lam, has shared in the company announcement for the launch of this function, that the company aims to continue to creatively spawn solutions for personal privacy, as the internet and modern day information penetration in our daily lives expose us to various unforeseen risks every day. While Metalk will attempt to build more functions to serve its business user audience, the application’s development team will also continue to spend effort and resources to continually strengthen information security within the application.
Metalk is available for download on iOS and Andriod, and currently serves users basing across the APAC region.