High-profile executives, billionaires and media tycoons often employ the best technology, services and consultants to keep their private conversations private.
Jeff Bezos is all three of these, and even he apparently fell victim to stolen private text messages.
Bezos and his wife Mackenzie announced on Wednesday that they are divorcing after 25 years of marriage. A bit later, the National Enquirer published private text messages it claims Bezos sent to Lauren Sanchez, whom he’s reportedly been in a relationship with.
Amazon has not commented on the story except to tell CNBC, “Jeff remains focused on and engaged in all aspects of Amazon.”
Bezos didn’t need to have his private messages exposed. For too long, secure texting has been regarded as something “shady” that should invite suspicion. But it’s got plenty of uses: Sharing confidential business plans, responding to breaches and — indeed — expressing private affection for your loved ones.
With this in mind, I’ve compiled a list of suggestions so that you can keep private messages more secure.
Use encrypted messaging applications
Modern secure messaging applications offer many features that can prevent the leak of private data into malicious hands, from multiple angles.
Signal and Wickr are two of my favorites. I also have occasionally used WhatsApp for contacts who only have this option, but with an asterisk because it’s owned by Facebook, and I don’t like the fact that the application shares even a little bit of information with the social media giant. Even WhatsApp’s co-founder has questioned this practice.
All three of these use end-to-end encryption, which means the messages are encrypted even when sent over open channels like public WiFi. They are only readable between the two parties sending them.