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This app can help you connect without giving your phone number away

Called StitMe, this mobile safety app enables secured calling and messaging to protect your identity while you use your mobile device

By Rahil Bhagat

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In today’s world of inter-connectivity where the Internet and other forms of modern technology are bringing people together like never before, there is a growing concern about mobile privacy. After all, it isn’t hard for a hacker to tap your calls or to gather data about your calls in a fashion more akin to shows like Law and Order or CSI.

StitMe, meaning shield in Czech, is an app from Ireland- and Singapore-based company Boolean Tech which has been built to address just that.

“It is our belief that privacy is a right — not a commodity,” Gurtaj Singh Padda, CEO, Boolean Tech told e27. The app for iOS- and Android-based smartphones is a full-fledged mobile privacy suite covering both calls and messaging functionalities.

With StitMe, users can call each other by using a StitMe username. When they make calls, the recipient’s username will show a unique StitMe number. You can save this new number as the phone number of the contact. The user’s actual mobile number is never revealed, and the number cannot be shared with anyone.

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“Basically if you meet someone at a bar and are not sure whether you want to give that person your actual number, you can instead add them to your StitMe address book which will generate a unique number (not anything like your actual number), and they can call you or message you without them finding out your actual number, and if you want that person to stop contacting you, then just delete them from your address book and they will never be able to contact you again,” explained Singh.

This also means that no one can do a reverse phone number look up and find out where the user lives, or which address the phone number is registered at, giving even more privacy to users.

The app takes this one step further by even controlling the timing through which a call will come to you via the StitMe generated number. The app will block calls coming in at any other time. It does this by re-routing all calls made through the device to its data centre in Dublin where an algorithm is applied, scrambling the number and making it untraceable.

It also has messaging functionality with a unique selling point. Basically, messaging on StitMe is the same as WhatsApp or any other messaging service, except for a major difference. Singh calls it a ‘kill switch'; basically, the person who ‘owns’ the conversation can choose to kill the conversation or certain elements of it, and the message can be deleted from both the sender and the recipient’s phone.

Overall, the suite of features does make StitMe an attractive package and one that really makes sense in a world where governments openly collect things like phone call meta data and where giving someone your phone number is a possible hazard. The app is also free of charge but has one major downside: it is only available in the United States at the moment. Singh has indicated that he intends to release the app in countries like India very soon though.

  • Boolean Tech
    Boolean Tech Singapore They are dedicated to empower the consumers' right to personal privacy. Consumers for the first time control who can call and when they can call.

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