FW Editor: Hello, can you tell us more about yourself? How old are you and how long have you been a developer?
Alin Coman: Hello, I am 26 years old. I am a developer since highschool when I participated at some national contests in informatics (including National Olympiad in Informatics). After highschool I graduated the prestigious POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest (2004-2009,Computer Science - Compilers and Operating Systems specialization). As a commercial developer, I've been working for the last 5 years.
FW Editor: Mobile StrongBOX looks great, but how secure is it? If someone loses his phone, can this program be hacked?
Alin Coman: Mobile StrongBOX uses military-grade encryption: 256 AES combined with 1024 RSA. I have choosed a combined approach to enhance the security of the app. It will be very dificult for someone not comparable with large organizations like US goverment to hack the application. It needs very strong super-scalar computers to try to hack it.
FW Editor: If this program is a hit, are you planning making it portable and moving it on other operating systems as well?
Alin Coman: I am a BIG fan of Symbian OS (it has many good points that people don't know or they just have not been revealed), but, only for customer care, maybe I will port it on Android, for example.
FW Editor: Why did you develop this program? How did you come up with the idea for this?
Alin Coman: The ideea came up as a need. I was forgetting/losing too many credentials, to many information that I had to memorize. So I got the idea to develop an app that securely stores all my private data. First I looked on the market (very few apps existed at that time,1.5 years ago,but they did not convinced me)and I decided to implement something that stores both personal data (like credentials,cards) and files/documents (photos,videos etc).
FW Editor: Are you planning on still updating this program? Or is it perfect just the way it is?
Alin Coman: YES! I intend to work on the usability of it, to improve the SMS,MMS,emails importing, to let the user easily view his messages. I plan to develop a feature that let the user to import his contacts, calendar easily. And maybe some other ideas will come up.
FW Editor: Is this the only program you developed? Do you want to tell us more about your current or future work?
Alin Coman: No, I developed a zip tool also, QuickZip. I'm also working (for a company) on backup, firewall, anti-spam solutions, all for Symbian platform.
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