Thursday, 31 July 2014

BitTorrent introduces new 'Bleep' decentralized online Instant Messenger for secure peer to peer communication

BitTorrent the most popular torrent client and the company that develops the  peer-to-peer protocol and two popular clients that use it, has announced the release of Bleep, an online communication (voice and text) application that lets users "make a direct, decentralized connection to someone they trust." 

BitTorrent introduces new 'Bleep' decentralized online Instant Messenger for secure peer to peer communication


Announcing the release of Bleep, Jaehee Lee, a senior product manager at BitTorrent, says that Bleep can freely be used by journalists that want to keep their sources anonymous, diplomats looking to keep their reports private, and businesses that need to keep their communications safe from industrial spies.

What makes Bleep different is that unlike traditional messaging services, where a chat app establishes a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) connection with a central server app, Bleep does the same with a distributed server app.

This means that there is no central central repository of metadata (storage of your conversations) as the decentralization disables any storing.   This also means that whatever you chat is just read and go. Another plus point for Bleep is that the person who wants to talk with someone must go search for them through nodes and this search is also not tracked from the server side.

"All links are encrypted .We are using secure encryption protocols such as curve25519, ed25519, salsa20, poly1305, and others. Links between nodes are encrypted. All communication is end to end encrypted," Fadaie says.

Bleep got its name from the fact that the company does not see the metadata or the contents of the exchanged messages. "As far as we’re concerned, anything you say is 'bleep' to us," noted Lee.

Bleep has been released in pre-alpha and is currently available only for Windows 7 and 8. Those who wish to test the app can sign-up here, but should be aware that there are surely glitches and bugs that have to be ironed out, or maybe you could be a bug tester yourself.


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