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Encrypted SMS is now default in CyanogenMod nightlies

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Encrypted SMS is now default in CyanogenMod nightlies
CyanogenMod has been working on adding WhisperSystems encrypted SMS to its custom Android ROM since this past June, and it looks like the work is now done. CyanogenMod and WhisperSystems announced today that as of now, CyanogenMod nightlies will have SMS encryption built-in and turned on by default.

The SMS encryption will be system wide, and you won't have to do anything at all to get it working. It has been developed to integrate with TextSecure, an open-source cross-platform client that encrypts SMS messages on your device, and it will also encrypt messages that are sent as long as the recipient is also using a TextSecure app. The impressive bit for CyanogenMod users is that the encryption is built-in as middleware, so it will encrypt messages no matter what SMS application you use. 

The encryption has been built-in to CyanogenMod 10.2 nightlies, and is rolling out. Once everything checks out, it will also be added to CM 11, and be a default part of the system from here on out. 

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posted on 09 Dec 2013, 21:37 5

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6631; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The people behind CM are amazing.

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 21:45 1

2. madmikepr (Posts: 68; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


yeah there are AWSOME!!!

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 21:52

3. Derekjeter (Posts: 141; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Coming from an iPhone can somebody tell me what does CM do and what are nightlies? Is this a form of root? Can i do it to my LG G2? And last what is Encrypted SMS? What does it do? Sorry im new to Android.

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 22:18 1

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6631; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Based on your previous posts, I'm pretty sure you're joking.

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 23:14

7. Derekjeter (Posts: 141; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


No I'm not kidding PSM I'm really new to Android. I've had an iPhone for the past 4years and I just switch to Android like a couple of months ago. I really want to know what Encrypted SMS is.

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 23:45 1

8. xtroid2k (Posts: 315; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


I'm sorry some people are just imature. Basically android is an open source OS which allows for people to come up with their own flavors kinda like ice cream. Encrypted SMS is the ability to send messages securely without any outside party see the message with malicious software or tools. Only drag is not party's have to have the ability to send and receive or the encryption process won't work. So I couldn't send my mom an encrypted SMS as she doesn't have the program to decrypt or read the encrypted message.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 02:57 2

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6631; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lol step aside and let the pros handle this.

Coming from an iPhone can somebody tell me what does CM do and what are nightlies?

CM is a ROM that runs on AOSP, which is pure, stock Android. There are added features, tweaks, and improvements to the software that is not included on a Nexus phone, such as toggle widgets and brightness widget in the notification bar (think control center). Nightlies is basically a term for beta release of the build on the ROM. You know how iOS 7 had beta 1, beta 2? Think of it as that, but it's updated everyday until a stable release is made official. Nightlies are great, and usually only have a few bugs which eventually get ironed out really quickly.

Is this a form of root?

Yes. Once you root your phone, you can flash (install) CM,which runs different software based on the number. CM11 - KitKat 4.4, CM10 - Jelly Bean 4.3, etc.

Can i do it to my LG G2?

Yes you can do it to your G2, but will void your warrently from your carrier and from LG. You can always make the phone appear as if it has never been rooted (modded [think jailbreak]) and can get away with it. Don't let this scare you though.

And last what is Encrypted SMS? What does it do?

Think BBM. The messages you send are secured to make it hard for other sources to crack. What the article is saying is basically you can only take full advantage of securely sending a text message if the person you're sending it to also has it. It's more secure than iMessage for short.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 00:03 1

10. taikucing (unregistered)


probably something like BBM in SMS, so the carriers can't see what you send

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 03:44 1

12. xtroid2k (Posts: 315; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Hmm "step aside and let the pros handle this one" I see that the pro didn't have an interest until someone else "another pro" stepped up. See we are all a community here and should collaborate and help each other out no matter how silly the question. If you have info we should be generous and share cause someone else shared it with us. Whether through a forum, blog, email, book, website, whatever. I wasn't wrong in how iI answered, just far from detailed. So please remember to step up first when a question is asked of u rather then u trying to play big man and telling others to step aside.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 00:01

9. taikucing (unregistered)


CM is a kind of modified ROM. Sometime the modded ROMs have some capabilities that stock ROM doesn't. Probably the first thing you notice from other ROMs is the theme.
Don't change your ROM if you don't know or have no experiences in changing ROM. If you're not happy with your current ROM, my advice is to root your phone, uninstall (backup) bloatwares or change launchers.

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 22:12 1

4. AfterShock (Posts: 1285; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Receiver needs it as well, kinda fail.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 08:05

13. tasior (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


Yes, but it's kinda necessary, for encryption systems.

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 22:35

6. Sauce (Posts: 1095; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)


Suuuuhhhweeeeeeeet!

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