Nowadays, there are huge privacy concerns with digital communication. The medium of communication among people changes rapidly. We all prefer some medium of communication to converse with our friends or family. Do you think that the messages you send reaches the recipient without other people’s knowledge? Of course not. Centralized messaging apps are closed-source, and they have a central point of failure. If these centralized systems are compromised, then it is possible for someone to sneak a peek into our business without us realizing it.
But how is this possible? The answer is simple. The closed-source messaging apps use centralized servers to provide their service. When it comes to centralized services, people need to enter their personal information to access the application. Here comes the major issue: our data will be stored in a centralized platform that is under the control of a single entity. Moreover, centralized apps are vulnerable to regulatory scrunity.
No matter who you are, every day of your life, you’re sitting in a database just ready to be looked at.
– Edward Snowden
To overcome these issues, private and secure messaging apps were introduced on the blockchain platform. Here, we can feel free and secure while chatting with others because blockchain platforms are decentralized. No one knows our identity, and the messages we send remain private. All data and metadata are cryptographically encrypted. Thus secure messaging is possible with decentralized apps.
Why do we need it?
Yes, we can use centralized messaging apps to share our messages with our friends. And many people feel safe using them, but is that really the case? Don’t we always think twice before sending an official document to someone? Whether it is safe or will someone else track our messages? It makes us feel uncomfortable while texting or sharing personal information digitally. This insecure feeling creates a sense of anxiety and distrust. This can be solved simply by using open-source, decentralized and private chat applications. These private blockchain-based applications do not ask for our personal information such as a name, phone number, location, or email ID, etc.
On a decentralized messenger, you can create your account with just a click of a button. You can login or recover your account using a 12-24 word Mnemonic key or seed phrase. Only a random alphanumeric code is used to identify your account. You can chat with others just by sharing this code with them. They don’t need to know your identity. The messages you send are encrypted and can only be decrypted by the recipient. Not even the metadata, such as the time and the size of the message or the relationship between accounts, is visible to anyone. The encrypted messages are stored on decentralized servers, thus, no one can tamper, alter, or delete them. And if you choose to delete your account, there will be no trace of it left anywhere on the network. Truly anonymous messaging is possible with these applications.
Benefits of choosing a decentralized messenger:
- End-to-end encrypted.
- No metadata information is shared.
- No centralized storage of messages.
- A secure & unique Mnemonic Key is used.
- Text notes, voice notes, and files can be shared anonymously.
- An alphanumeric code is used to identify an account.
Who can use it?
Everyone. Everyone should use a private-preserving encrypted messaging app because privacy and security is everyone’s right. Especially journalists, whistle-blowers, politicians, activists, etc., can greatly benefit from this kind of service as their line of work mandates privacy.
Thus, anyone who is seeking a truly private and secure service can go for them. The ball is in your court, choosing privacy is an informed decision that only you can make.
Private messaging is within our reach. All we need to do is choose the right application that protects our privacy. Beldex is developing the most secure messaging app, B-Chat. The application will be rolled out soon. Join our community to know more about our recent developments.