The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated
- 4th Amendment, United States Bill of Rights, 1789
4th-A Technologies was founded in 2015 by Robbie Hanson and Vincent Moscaritolo with the intent of developing technologies that restore to people what we believe is their right to be "secure in their documents". We have a long history of producing the software and technology behind secure communications channels, and we understand what it takes to do so.
In the past we pioneered some of the best technology to encrypt & secure email, and then later did the same for messaging. Along the way we realized that people were in need of software that could store & share documents in a manner that was simultaneously secure, simple to use, and inexpensive.
We created the company (4th-A Technologies, LLC) and designed the product (Storm4) from the ground up with the following principles in mind:
- Always use strong cryptography and best security practices.
- Make it easy for the user to do the correct thing.
- The storage provider does not have the ability to decrypt the content.
- The user has full control over who can decrypt their documents and meta-data.
We are a privately held company based in Oregon, USA. We run on the principles of lean entrepreneurship, and don’t have investors to impress, so we can focus on creating and shipping great products that address the needs of ourselves and our customers.
Robbie is a software engineer specializing in iOS and macOS development. He has developed software for the healthcare and television industry, and has contracted for a number of companies ranging from automotive to security industries. He is widely known for his open source contributions including networking and HTTP libraries, a professional logging framework, database utilities, and is the author of the XMPP framework for Apple platforms.
His open source libraries are installed in thousands of applications, including some of the most popular apps in the app store. There's a good chance there's an app on your phone that's using one of his libraries.
Robbie got started as an entrepreneur when he was in grad school. He created a popular music sharing app called Mojo. And after a brief successful stint as a business owner, was sued out of existence by the music industry. Which, in hindsight, was probably for the best. Ever since then, he's been drawn to startups, and has worked for a number of them over the years. From Florida, to Silicon Valley, to Switzerland. "It's important that I'm continually challenged. And startups are always challenging."
When not coding, you can find him snowboarding or hiking somewhere in the vicinity of his home in Bend, Oregon.
Vincent has been involved in the design, invention, and production of system software and network applications for more than 35 years. Vincent's experience includes roles as one of the founders and designers of the technologies used by Silent Circle, Principal Cryptographic Engineer for PGP Corporation, Senior Operating System engineer for Apple Computer, and Principal Software Specialist at Digital Equipment Corporation.
In addition to producing cryptographic products, his concern about the use of encryption technology by criminal and terrorist actors has compelled him to offer assistance and training to both law enforcement and the intelligence community on cryptographic issues. He has participated at specialized venues such as FBI's Information Technology Study Group, Drug Enforcement Administration's Office of Investigative Technology, InfraGard, and the Cloud Security Alliance.
Vincent is well known for presentations, lectures and tutorials on modern cryptosystems and security, and holds patents related to cryptographic techniques and designs.
As an avid outdoorsman, Vincent usually spends his weekends hiking or snowshoeing in the deep woods of Southern Oregon with his daughter and son. His current passions include sports science / human performance and has a background on a variety of fields, including motorcycle racing, several martial arts and emergency field medicine.