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Celcom Zipit Chat, a secure messaging app with AES256 encryption

Celcom Axiata Berhad unveiled Zipit Chat on Wednesday, a new secure messaging mobile application that is developed by mTouche, a content provider based in Malaysia.

(Third from the Left to Right) Masdiana Sulaiman, Head of Brand Management and OTT of Celcom Axiata Berhad, En. Zalman Aefendy Zainal Abidin, Chief Marketing Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad, Zakhir Mohamed, Group Chief Executive Officer, mTouche Technology Berhad and Dato’ Sri Shazalli Ramly, Chief Executive Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad

(Third from the Left to Right) Masdiana Sulaiman, Head of Brand Management and OTT of Celcom Axiata Berhad, Zalman Aefendy Zainal Abidin, Chief Marketing Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad, Zakhir Mohamed, Group Chief Executive Officer, mTouche Technology Berhad and Dato’ Sri Shazalli Ramly, Chief Executive Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad

According to Celcom, Zipit Chat comes with ultimate privacy features between users for their chats, messages, email and phone book information.

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Features of Zipit Chat:

  1. Secure – chats, email, voice over IP (VoIP) and files to be transferred, can be encrypted
  2. Protection – password protection can be reset and the screen capture becomes disabled
  3. Control –media and phone book info can be switched to private mode and messages can be made to self-destruct
  4. Invisible – conversation remains in stealth mode;

Zipit Chat is built on Advanced Encryption Standards (AES) 256, a reliable symmetrical encryption algorithm that is used by the U.S. and Canadian governments as standards for encrypting transited data.

Celcom said it is offering the service for free to all customers, including non-Celcom customers (terms and conditions apply) until 22 November 2015.

Zalman Aefendy Zainal Abidin, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad said Zipit Chat is a breath of fresh air for those who want to maintain fullest control of privacy for their chats and messages.

“Many of us love to communicate in private. We want our chats to stay confidential when it goes to someone else, via our mobile devices. Zipit Chat does just that, and access to sensitive information can now be protected against unwarranted disclosure. ”

“In designing Zipit Chat, Celcom Axiata Berhad collaborated with a renowned content provider and we are impressed with the end-result. We trust that Zipit Chat will be useful for owners of mobile devices who chat frequently. Zipit Chat can be easily downloaded and the privacy of your communication flow is at your fingertips,’’ he said.

Earlier this month, Celcom organised a contest that offered RM100,000 cash money to the person who was able to break the Zipit Chat encryption. There were 70,000 submission, 74 of them got close but no one succeeded.

Zipit Chat is available from Google play for Android smartphones at RM10 a month while the iOS version for Apple App store is expected to be available next month.

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