The online world is more and more concerned about privacy. Blackberry succeeded in constructing a business oriented toward providing secure mobile communications. This week, Blackberry bought Secusmart, the German company specialized on securing telecommunications. Together, they will serve governments, as well as corporations. Now BitTorrent released Bleep secure instant messaging app.
The problem with most of today’s encryption systems is that a server collects meta-data about your activity. Even if the connection is secure, if somebody accesses the server, information revealing your identity is available.
Bleep secure instant messaging app will satisfy privacy lovers
This is why BitTorrent decided to use its experience in anonymous data transfer in order to build a chat app which is going to be as secure as possible. Bleep, BitTorrent’s instant messaging app, will only be available on Windows platforms so far. As this is a pre-alpha version, there is nothing to worry about if you use another OS like Linux or iMac. After the bugs are eliminated, BitTorrent plans to adapt the messaging app to other software platforms as well.
The main problem in assuring privacy is the centralized infrastructure. BitTorrent’s descentralized infrastructure will solve the encryption problem. Bleep instant messaging app will use a public key to identify you and establish a connection with your interlocutor. No other data will be stored in servers, so no more worries. “Why Bleep, you might ask? Well, basically, we never see your messages or metadata. As far as we’re concerned, anything you say is “bleep” to us,” declared Jaehee Lee, Senior Product Manager at BitTorrent, in a blog post.
For the moment, Bleep secure instant messaging app only allows live communication. Probably at a later time an offline functionality will be added. BitTorrent offers us a couple of reason why Bleep instant messaging app will be useful. As if we did not have enough. Bleep can be used in private communications with friends, by journalists seeking to protect their sources, diplomatic conversations and business communications seeking to avoid industrial espionage.
Right now the company is not interested in making money from the Bleep secure instant messaging app. When the moment comes, they will analyze monetization opportunities, a representative declared.
As we said, BitTorrent welcomes pre-alpha testers. You can import your Google address book and invite your eager friends as well, so you can test together Bleep secure instant messaging app.