Ricochet: anonymous instant messaging for real privacy

Ricochet – anonymous instant messaging for real privacyRicochet is a different approach to instant messaging that doesn’t trust anyone in protecting your privacy.

Eliminate metadata. Nobody knows who you are, who you talk to, or what you say.
Stay anonymous. Share what you want, without sharing your identity and location.
Nobody in the middle. There are no servers to monitor, censor, or hack.
Safe by default. Security isn’t secure until it’s automatic and easy to use.

Ricochet was pointed to me by a friend in a Slack group of friends sensitive to the arguments of privacy and security. It’s multi-platform – at this time you can install it on Windows, macOS and Linux (as a pre-compiled binary) – open source and its developer John Brooks is searching for people using and testing the platform.

I am intrigued by this platform and have decided to install it, and invited some friends to try this out. If you want to add me to your network, please leave me a comment in this post with a valid email address so I can send you my ricochet:id.

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Which app could you not live without?

I love and rely on many of the apps I mentioned above. I’ve saved one to mention here, though: Threema. I love how easy it is to use and how secure it is for messaging. When traveling in places that aren’t as safe as others, it’s important to have this means of communication with my wife and organization. Because encryption is end-to-end and keys aren’t stored centrally, it really minimizes the risk of snooping and allows for open conversation. Add to that the self-destruct tagged onto the passcode failure and you’ve got a communication platform in which you can be confident. I’m constantly trying to convert iOS/Android/Windows Phone friends to Threema.

Brandon Jones’ Mac and iPhone setup

My swiss colleague Andreas is the only person I know in real life that uses Threema, alongside with his own swiss parents. I was also curious to use it, but since there’s no-one using it, there’s no point in spending money for it. And Telegram + Whatsapp will do (for the moment)…

Skype boycotts old version of it’s clients

As we look ahead to the future, we‘re focusing our efforts on bringing the latest and greatest to the most recent versions of Skype. As a result, we are going to retire older versions of Skype for Windows desktop (6.13 and below) as well as Skype for Mac (6.14 and below) over the next few months.

→ Making Way for the Next Generation of Skype on Desktop

Hard times awaits me… since I’m still using version 2.8.something of their client on my Macs!

Why the messaging revolution sucks for computer users

Sure, it might be hard to thumbkiss through a trackpad. But in a world where seemingly every device is connected to the Internet and capable of performing many of the same functions, the inability to check my messages on my laptop seems silly at best.
Nathaniel Mott on PandoDaily → Desktop problems: Why the messaging revolution sucks for PC users

Mountain Lion: Messages replaces iChat

There’s also the question of iMessage alerts across devices. Anyone who’s had both an iPad and an iPhone hooked up to iMessage will already know about this phenomenon: Every time someone sends you a message, all your iMessage-enabled devices will beep, and new notifications appear. When I chatted with a friend using Messages on a Mac, my iPhone and iPad were beeping repeatedly, every time the friend replied to a message of mine. There’s probably a better way to handle situations like this.

This MacWorld article says all there’s today to know about the Messages.app beta that Apple released last week as a preview of things to come in Mountain Lion.

The sentence I’ve quoted is the second thing you can note using the app (the first it’s that it actually works). Let’s see how this evolves. To me the current behaviour is unacceptable…