Do you know everything you share on the internet via popular services like WhatsApp, Facebook or Google is being stored permanently in their computer farms?
Their business models depend on monetizing the data
you share. There is also a chance that your data may be stolen.
But you don't have to accept this unfair deal just to be in touch with your friends. You can share photos, documents, or just simple text messages privately over the internet using Off The Record Messaging system.
Off The Record (also known as OTR) is a method of protecting your instant messages from anyone listening to your private communications.
People sharing information with you will lock the message in a way only you can unlock. This is how it works: you will create a key pair and one key will be kept private with you (private key) and its pair (public key) will be given to anyone who want to communicate privately with you. A message locked with your public key can be unlocked only with your private key.
Think of it like a self locking door, anyone can lock the door (anyone can get your public key), but only you can unlock the door, because you have not shared the key with anyone (you keep your private key with yourself).
Anyone sending you a message can lock the message using your public key, and only you'll be able to unlock the message since you kept its pair key only on your computer or mobile phone. Anyone listening, storing or stealing your messages can only see your locked message or jumbled characters like shown in the picture above. With a strong enough key, breaking it would take years with the current computing power.
OTR can be used with any of your existing chat systems like whatsapp, google hangouts, facebook chat, jabber etc. It is not a separate service, it compliments your existing services. All you need is to connect to your existing services using a software that also understand otr.
For example, you can use jitsi or pidgin or any other software which supports otr to connect to facebook chat and you can talk to your facebook friends privately if they also use any otr capable software. Facebook will only see jumbled meaningless characters, they'll not know what you are talking about.
Firefox OS - Loqui IM
Android - ChatSecure, Xabber, Conversations
iOS - TODO: ChatSecure? Windows Phone - TODO: We have to port some apps
Cross Platform - Crypto Cat
GNU/Linux - Jitsi, Pidgin, Kopete
Windows - Jitsi, Pidgin
OS X - Jitsi, Pidgin
TODO: We have to add tutorials for each app
Loqui IM supports Off The Record Messaging for many
instant messaging protocols like Jabber/XMPP, Google Hangouts/Talk, Facebook
Chat (Can someone confirm if it works with Whatsapp?
Loqui IM supports Off The Record Messaging for many instant messaging protocols like Jabber/XMPP, Google Hangouts/Talk, Facebook Chat (Can someone confirm if it works with Whatsapp?)
You can tell your friends today that they don't have to sell themselves to be able to talk to their friends or stop sharing intimate moments because somoene is storing it. Share link to this campaign via Email, Chat or your social networks today.
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