cameoNet, secure messaging app, authentication and security

Germany-based cameoNet was released on Android earlier this month to take on secure messaging and today the company also outlines its plans to provide anti-phishing measures as well.

Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, banks, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure people into their attempts.

cameoNet’s central element is authentication

Previously anti-phishing measures have mainly consisted of anti-spam software in conjunction with the user’s responsibility to closely inspect the e-mail address, URL, the mail’s content and the requested information. This procedure can never be 100% secure, as often things are overlooked.

cameoNet pursues a completely new approach. Its central element is authentication. When verified users communicate, the issue of phishing is eradicated because all parties know who exactly the sender is and who communicates with whom.

“cameoNet offers a very simple and reliable solution which can even be realized without a central overseer,” the company said. “All communicating participants are registered with cameoNet, have a cameoKey and through it, communicate securely. Moreover, banks, insurance companies, suppliers etc. state their Pub Key fingerprints. In addition to this every single document can be protected by a signature.”

SSL-certificates and fingerprints are also used to make sure the respective institution really is the sender and it is a not a phishing attempt.

“Every single document can be protected by a signature”

cameoNet offers:

  • Authentication – all users can be authenticated
  • Authenticity of documents – digital signatures
  • cameoNet users know for certain who the sender of a message is and that the message has not been manipulated
  • Important electronic communication is solely carried out with authentication and digital signature
  • Use case Webident: Other Institutions can be provided with this way of authentication

cameoNet is available for Android for free and can be downloaded via Google Play. The company will also be releasing an iOS version soon and will be releasing a Windows smartphone version next month.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at