‘Cloak’ service protects Mac, iPhone and iPad users from data snooping

“One of our more interesting finds at last night’s gdgt live Seattle event was a service called ‘Cloak’ that protects Mac, iPhone and iPad users from having their data intercepted when using unsecure web sites over public WiFi networks such as those in many coffee shops,” Todd Bishop reports for GeekWire.

“It’s developed by a Seattle startup founded by a trio of Microsoft veterans: engineers Dave Peck and Nick Robinson; and product designer Peter Sagerson,” Bishop reports. “The service is currently in public beta, building up to a larger launch, but the startup is already profitable, Peck told us last night.”

Bishop reports, “Why Mac and iOS? Despite working at Microsoft in the past, the team has experience in the Apple ecosystem. Robinson, for example, was an engineer in Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit, involved in areas including security for Mac Office. ”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: More info and download link about Cloak for iOS (free) via Apple’s App Store here.

12 Comments

  1. Proceed with caution on this app. The reviews are decidedly mixed on the App Store. Also, I used this app briefly a few months ago. Maybe I missed it in the fine print, but It is “free” to download, for I think only 2-3 hours monthly. Then it doesn’t work until 30 days passes unless you pay for a non-crippled version.

    This may be a great app, and the developers certainly should be able to make money, but it was not really “free” a few months ago. I doubt it is now.

  2. “Why Mac and iOS? Despite working at Microsoft in the past”

    simply – said more users means more money. Apple will licence and add CLOAK to iOS hence the developers of CLOAK profit more from Apples’ large customer base

    1. …Infamously called ‘LUSERS’. This is how Mac OS X Trojan horse malware succeed, in spite of all the very best OS security in the world. You can’t blame Apple for LUSER behavior. But Apple does their best to WARN users when they’re walking on the edge of LUSER oblivion.

    2. I can not even tell you how many of my neighbors’ wireless router admin logon info still use the default. I have had “good fun” with them (routers, that’s) 🙂

      C’mon… everyone know (MDN readers, I hope) what the admin info are on most wireless routers especially from Netgear and Linksys. 🙂

  3. THE SOLUTION ALREADY EXISTS:
    Use SSL, aka HTTPS, in iOS at ALL times. Case closed.

    (SSL/HTTPS create an encrypted web connection that can still be sniffed but NOT decrypted and abused).

    However, these dopey problems still exist:

    1) Lazy website developers and server managers have yet to instantiate SSL. That’s not just lazy, its irresponsible, stupid and disrespectful of their customers. TELL THEM TO CATCH UP!

    2) Lazy iOS app developers haven’t specified SSL at all times in their apps. That’s also lazy, irresponsible, stupid and disrespectful. TELL THEM TO CATCH UP!

    3) The Webkit project (and other rendering engines) could easily FORCE web links to default to SSL, despite whatever is listed in links or typed in URLs. THAT would be smart, progressive and innovative, as well as pro-actively respectful of their customers. TELL THEM TO CATCH UP!

    It’s HTTPS EVERYWHERE!
    CATCH UP EVERYBODY!

    On Macs: If you use Firefox, the beloved Electronic Frontier Foundation provide the FREE add-on ‘HTTPS Everywhere‘ here:

    https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere

    There is also an alpha (pre-beta) test version for Chrome/Chromium as well. It’s no cure, but it FORCES SSL/HTTPS wherever possible. Now we need a Safari version.

    1. Another already existing solution:

      Router companies should FORCE all router client connections to use encryption.

      Good luck getting Joe’s Café to have a clue about turning on and setting up WPA2. Not gonna happen unless he’s FORCED to use it. That’s the sad fact.

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