But first of all, what is secure messaging and why do people need it? Farid Fadaie, product development director for BitTorrent, argues so many incidents had happened since September that prove something needs to done to ensure the messages we post online are protected.
“Services have come and gone, some have been breached and patched, and in many cases, users have been left feeling violated, or at the very least, changed what they say or do online,” Fadaie said in one of his own online posts. The BitTorrent man believes that since what online posts might become public forever, users need to be sure that it’s their own ideas featuring under their profile names, and not someone else’s.
Bleep comes with a relatively user friendly interface, and unlike other applications, it does not require the creation of an account to sign in. All people need to do is download Bleep, choose a nickname and then all posted messages are encrypted. The nickname does not reveal any personal details, and sharing a phone number or an email address is purely optional.
All data accessed by Bleep is stored solely on the user’s device. This includes the contents of the message and the encryption key used to secure it. According to Fadaie, the app allows the sending of messages to offline friends, and they will only receive it them once they get back online.
However, the most intriguing feature of the new app is called Whisper. Bleep enables its users to send messages or images that disappear 25 seconds after they are read. Once they self-destruct, whispers are gone forever. And it’s incredibly easy to use, by pushing a single button – the Shift key on a PC or Ctrl for Mac users.
Users can easily switch between normal chat and whispering without much effort, which is equally safe and fun. Imagine what this feature can do in a group conference, while one of the participants is briefly away from keyboard.
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