Unplugged, the company focused on bringing true privacy and security to everyday consumer communications, launches the first phase of its mobile application suite. With the launch of four applications, Unplugged introduces an alternative to similar tech giant offerings– empowering consumers to communicate and browse online while reclaiming their right to privacy from unwanted monitoring and analysis of personal activities and communications.
From technology companies to government bodies, the reports involving millions of people having their private data misused for monetization or surveillance unveil the bleak undercurrent of tech-engrossed society. Though 2022 may be the year that such bodies start to face consequences for invasive actions– regulations and justice are not keeping up. As consumer worries regarding privacy and security continue to climb, average people are left with minimal options to communicate digitally outside the Big Tech monopoly.
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Unplugged has designed a tiered approach that includes the protection of hardware, software, and network layers in mobile technology. The first phase of the App Suite offers certain software and network-level protections, including the following:
- UP Messenger
An instant messaging platform empowering users to keep their daily communications secured from outside interception with maximal encryption. Through its mobile and browser-based platforms, UP Messenger’s end-to-end protection fosters connection through high-fidelity security, preserving privacy at all points of communication. The Messenger additionally enables seamless multi-participant correspondence through video calls, voice calls, and screen-sharing capabilities.
- UP VPN
A protected network allowing users to fortify their internet browsing around the world through a private, encrypted connection. The VPN disguises mobile internet traffic, preventing third parties from tracking and analyzing user data.
- UP Antivirus
A mobile software designed to detect and remove viruses and malware that users may encounter while browsing or downloading online content. The mobile antivirus blocks malicious files from hijacking, controlling, and exploiting user data through refined security technology.
- UP Store
A mobile application platform allowing users to download third-party apps directly from Unplugged, including apps made unavailable on other platforms. The UP Store employs a scoring system that educates the user on potential data exploitation and privacy risks prior to download.
The selection is currently available to download on Android devices, and patrons can utilize all services through a software bundle subscription service. With the launch of the App Suite, Unplugged lays the foundation for future software and hardware releases, including a state-of-the-art smartphone.
Slated for release early next year, the UP Phone is Unplugged’s flagship product built for liberated private communication. A sophisticated smartphone powered by Unplugged’s proprietary LibertOS operating system– Unplugged is building its UP Phone to embody the values of privacy, freedom, and security. Developed to accommodate everyday users’ desires for privacy and security. LibertOS provides the framework for the UP Phone to forge a path away from tech giants’ supervision, mobile advertising IDs, and other invasive operating systems.
As part of the launch, Unplugged is opening a bounty program, with a potential minimum prize of $25 thousand which involves “stealing” a key to a crypto wallet shared across the UP Messenger. Contestants can register to receive updates on the hacking challenge once the program launches.
“News stories continue to come out about the misuse of our private data by numerous organizations. The everyday mobile phone users are coming to grips with just how much of a product they are,” says Ryan Paterson, President of Unplugged. “We are hearing from people across the globe that they are ready to reclaim their privacy as a basic human right. Through the launch of our apps and smartphone, we are building a new and revolutionary way for average people, across demographics, to truly utilize the internet’s potential for free communication without the constant worry of data-siphoning entities monetizing their information at every turn.”
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