Yes, for once, I have not just some app for secure messaging, this time, it’s a protocol. OTR, or Off-the-Record Messaging, is a protocol for establishing end-to-end encrypted messaging between two participants over a standard instant messaging channel like IRC or XMPP (Jabber). It also allows for deniable authentication, where during the conversation you can be assured that only you two are talking, but after the conversation, there is no way for an outside third party to 100% prove you talked, since it’s theoretically possible for an attacker to have forged the communications record. It’s complicated, but not too hard to wrap your head around.Continue reading
Do you like secure chat apps? but actually secure, not like Telegram? And end-to-end encrypted, if selected? And ones that support sending media, and files, and even voice and video calls? And completely decentralized meaning you don’t need to rely on any one company or any one third-party server?
Well do I have a deal for you: Matrix.Continue reading
There’s a few common ways to do this:
- Web Key Directory
Let’s discuss how they all work.Continue reading
Pretty Good Privacy, or as it’s more commonly known as by its most popular client’s name, GNU Privacy Guard, is a method of encrypting and/or signing your messages using the power of public key cryptography. And, while it can get extremely complex, the basics of using PGP are, actually, pretty simple. So in the words of the great Angus Deveson, Let’s get started.Continue reading