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February 24, 2015 09:15 ET

Ekko Launches Secure Platform for Integrating Popular Communications Apps and Protecting Your Privacy

The App -- Available for iOS and Desktop -- Supports Secure Messaging Across Email and Social Network Accounts Without Tracking, Scanning, or Profiling You

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 24, 2015) - Ekko, a secure platform for messaging and sharing content, announced today the official launch of its iOS and web-based apps. Designed to protect your privacy and streamline your communications, Ekko supports Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, Outlook, Yahoo, AOL, POP3, and IMAP accounts, with more to come. Ekko's subscription-based model allows you to link unlimited accounts and use Channels to tune, filter, and search your messages any way you want. Its built-in, user-friendly features protect your data and support private and secure messaging. Ekko does not track you or your data, scan your messages, or profile you in any way.

"Messaging has become fragmented across multiple apps and services. We created Ekko to simplify the way we communicate, and provide everyone with a way to keep messages private and secure," said Rick Peters, President and CEO of Ekko. "Ekko also offers new and unique messaging features, including comprehensive search, multi-modal messaging, and context-sensitive functions that we feel should be part of any messaging app. We're confident that Ekko is the next generation of messaging -- private, secure, powerful, and right at your fingertips."

Ekko allows you to:

  • Organize your communications: link any number of accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, Outlook, Yahoo, AOL, POP3, and IMAP.
  • Focus on what matters: manage and filter your messages completely ad-free, with Channels and context sensitive touch and hold gestures.
  • Communicate securely: apply easy-to-use security controls to any type of message, using any linked account; password protect any message, redact it, or set it to delete on read, after a predefined time, or after a defined number of unique views.
  • Take back your privacy: message, search, and browse safely, knowing that Ekko will never track, scan, profile, or monetize your personal data.
  • Search with confidence: search simultaneously and anonymously across all your messages and search engines, including email, tweets, posts, contacts, attachments, Google, Facebook, Twitter, DuckDuckGo, Bing, and more.

Ekko gives control back to the consumer, charging a small subscription fee of $5 per month (or $50 per year) for its services, rather than offering a free app and profiting through advertising or selling your data. New users can try the app for $1 for the first month.

"A recent Pew Research Center poll revealed that 91% of adults surveyed felt consumers have lost control over how personal information is collected and used by companies. Clearly we, and many of you, are tired of trading away our privacy and being profiled in exchange for 'free' services and apps," said Peters. "That's why messages sent through Ekko will always be kept private, and personal data will always be protected."

Ekko is available on desktop via Ekko.net and for both iPhone and iPad in the Apple App Store, only in the U.S. at this time. In addition to the services Ekko currently supports, the platform is currently working to integrate chat, SMS, voicemail, Instagram, Pinterest, Pocket, Evernote, LinkedIn, and Box. The service will also be available as a native app on Android devices.

About Ekko
Ekko is a secure platform for bringing together and organizing your emails, social messaging, and content apps. Its mission is to protect your privacy and simplify and consolidate your favorite services such as Facebook, Twitter, iCloud, Gmail, Exchange, Outlook, Yahoo, AOL, POP3, and IMAP. User data will never be sold, and messages can be password-protected, set to self-destruct, or redacted. The company is co-founded by the entrepreneurs Rick Peters, Peter Skinner, Brian Jacobs, and their team, based out of San Francisco, CA. For more, please visit www.ekko.net.

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