In light of the huge Ashley Madison hack, you might be wanting to find a way to communicate that are safe and secure from the prying eyes of hackers or the intelligence services.
Fortunately, you don't have to fork out for a pricey super-secure device, or become a computer expert with the ability to encrypt your laptop - you can just buy an iPod touch.
As reported by Wired magazine, a WiFi-only iPod Touch, with no data or phone calling capability, can be a very secure device when used properly.
When you carry your phone around, it constantly connects and re-connects to the nearest phone tower to give you a good signal.
Apple watch: will we wear it?
Apple watch: will we wear it?
1/6 Khalil Agrebi/London
I got this watch as a present from work. It's a Diesel. I obviously carry my phone, too, but I wear my watch pretty much every day. I'm not sure about the Apple Watch. To be honest, I don't think I want emails coming to my wrist. I just want a watch to be a watch.
2/6 Michaela Novakova/Teplice, Czech Republic
I'm not wearing a watch at the moment, but I do sometimes. It's a fashion thing, really – there's a particular dress that I wear that looks good with the watch I've got. I've no idea who made it, but I know it was really cheap, just a few pounds. The Apple Watch would be too expensive for me.
3/6 Nick Dalton-Brewer/London
I wear an Omega watch, but not all the time. I'm in the process of retraining myself, because I stopped wearing one and then went back to wearing one again. Why? Well, because they're fashionable, and I quite like them. I've just been in the Apple Store to look at the iPhone 6 Plus; the Apple Watch doesn't really grab me, but I can see its value.
4/6 Nicola Gehlhaar/London
Sorry, I'm in a bit of a rush – but yes, I do still wear a watch, and it's not a jewellery thing, I actually use it to tell the time. And for the record, it's a Garmin! With GPS.
5/6 Gihan Perera/Toronto
Well, I had a watch in the past, when I was a kid, but no, I don't wear one any longer. I'm not particularly interested in the Apple Watch as it stands at the moment; I think it needs a couple more generations for it to be really something. But I would say it's got potential, for sure.
6/6 Sophie Hang/London
This is a Citizen Eco-Drive, and I put it on every day. I don't look at my phone that often, and if I'm not wearing my watch I still find myself looking at my wrist to tell the time. I'm not interested in the Apple Watch. For me, it's like, radiation on your wrist? I'm not keen on electronics – I like my watches to be natural, old-school.
This is good when you need to make a call, but it also leaves a trail behind you, which can essentially be used to track your rough location and who you called or texted.
Since the iPod touch only works on WiFi, you can choose to only connect when you want to, leaving less of a trail when you move around.
Wired also points out that Apple's tough App Store requirements mean that it's very unlikely you could download an app that would contain spyware. Loading your phone with apps, especially ones that can track you, or being careless with your browsing, could potentially leave you open to problems, but generally iOS is a pretty safe system if you keep it updated and secure.
If you want to go one extra step, you can also use an encrypted messaging service, such as Surespot or Signal (which is endorsed by Edward Snowden), to give your communications that extra level of anonymity.
It's not a foolproof device, and certainly not totally anonymous. And naturally, to keep everything secure, people on both sides of the conversation need to be adopting the same level of security.
Telling your friends to switch from WhatsApp, iMessage or SMS to a super-encrypted messaging service might be a bit of a tough sell.
But it's surprising how safe you can keep your data with such a simple device and low-cost when you're on the move.Reuse content