Tuesday, October 1, 2013

BitTorrent Chat: Server-Less Private Instant Messaging

BitTorrent, the company behind the revolutionary BitTorrent peer-to-peer data transfer protocol, has announced a new project – a secure, server-less instant messaging client based on distributed technology, the same that drives BitTorrent network. Called BitTorrent Chat, the messaging application doesn’t store any conversation on any servers, unlike most popular messaging services such as Facebook and Whats Up, which means they are protected from third-party access and data breaches.

While BitTorrent Chat doesn’t store any messages on a third-party server, it does need a central location to get the conversation going. It’s just like downloading content through BitTorrent – people have to first connect to a tracker to know where the message should be sent. TorrentFreak, who caught up with the developers, say that the details are a bit fuzzy at the moment.

The application is currently in the Alpha stage of development. Those who want to give it a try, head over to BitTorrent Labs to sign up for the private Alpha.

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