Intego has announced the launch of ChatBarrier X4, a new version of its acclaimed program that works in conjunction with Apple’s iChat instant messaging software to provide two-way, real-time encryption of text chats, audio chats and file transfers. ChatBarrier X4 uses industry standard encryption that prevents hackers or unintended recipients from reading private messages.
ChatBarrier X4’s real-time encryption protects text messages, audio conversations or files sent during a chat session with iChat, which travel over unprotected servers around the world.
Because ChatBarrier X4 provides real-time encryption, as soon as a user presses Return to send their message, it is encrypted, guaranteeing that nobody but the intended recipient can read it. In addition, even if messages are intercepted, ChatBarrier X4 ensures that they are unbreakable. Messages are sent in milliseconds and the recipient’s copy of ChatBarrier X4 decrypts them just as quickly.
“Instant messaging is a powerful tool for businesses, and its immediacy can make it much more practical and efficient than e-mail”, said Laurent Marteau, CEO, Intego. “But many businesses hesitate to allow the use of IM software and rightly so. It’s simple for hackers to record messages sent to and from company networks, or to intercept files transferred via iChat. The only way companies using iChat can ensure their messages are kept secret is to use ChatBarrier X4, which provides unbreakable encryption in both directions.”
Like all of Intego’s X4 programs, ChatBarrier X4 is fully compatible with both PowerPC and Intel processors, running native on Apple’s new Intel-based Macs. ChatBarrier X4 also comes with Intego widgets and Intego´s NetUpdate program.