Privacy is something we all value, but some value it far more than others. Transacting in cryptocurrency has its inherent advantages, but not all cryptocurrencies are totally private or secure.Let's look at Bitcoin for example. Before Bitcoin became mainstream, people were using it on the dark web to buy drugs, guns, organs and just about anything ...
Or how I learned to love the bullet(proofs)!I am just like the next guy when it comes to personal space and my privacy but accept that you have to work hard to preserve both....... you need to be aware of what’s going on around you and in the world and gravitate towards the best places and adopt the best processes to accommodate you and your lifest...
After looking into Threema, Signal, Riot and Telegram, we come to another messaging app that is heavily used by gamers and more recently has also made it’s mark in the crypto world.....Discord!It’s geared specifically toward video game players, providing them with a means to find one another, to co-ordinate play and chat whilst playing.It supports ...
Today we continue our journey through the world of messaging applications, ‘Secure or not so secure?’. Having covered off Threema, Signal and Riot so far, let’s continue our quest with TelegramSo what is Telegram?Telegram is a cloud-based messaging app developed by Russian entrepreneurs and brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov. Although its founders ar...
And will Particl Disrupt the Disruptors?sponsored postThe thing that has really excited me the most this year up to and including Consensus NYC was not digitized gold, it was not the infrastructural growth of Bitcoin, it was not the tokenization of real estate or the latest smart contact platform nor has it been the number of companies that were of...
Having reviewed Threema and Signal in recent days, we are now going to bounce over to a more team orientated messenger: Riot/MatrixWhen I say ‘team orientated’, well, Riot is more like Slack in so far as it is a ‘person to person’ chat which allows you to communicate with someone as an individual (under People as per Riot) or within a group (or Roo...
More and more, our privacy is being eroded, Big Tech is utilizing the tools we use to communicate, shop, and live our lives to spy on us and sell ads and our personal information; they will do the bidding of governments around the world to expand their reach. Those who would stand up to this invasion have embraced technology such as ...
In my last article of this series, we reviewed Threema, one of the messengers I personally love and use daily, as part of a series of articles about messaging services available today.Over the next two weeks, we will write reviews about the best options for you and your cellphone examining their startup, evolution, compatibility, security,&nbs...
​Almost three years ago, we published the series ‘Secure Messengers...or not so secure?’ here on Decentralize.Today. At the time, Threema was one of our top picks when it came to privacy. Let’s see what has changed, what has improved and what is missing, if anything, before we draw any conclusions as we move towards our overall pronouncement o...
Hi, my name is The Privacy Advocate, and I will be writing regularly on Decentralize.Today (DT) on all matters privacy. I will initially cover messengers, encryption, protecting your computer, cellphone and other devices, how to avoid Google and the likes, as well as how to replace them with equally good or better products ...
Imagine that you are the creator of a useful tool that you think will help society. You spend endless nights perfecting the design, favoring your creative brain over your social obligations, developing a deep relationship with your work, and just maybe not recognizing the person in the mirror with bags under their eyes. You care. Your end product p...
When you think about privacy violations, do you think about 1984 style mass surveillance? Many people do. But there are other large and powerful entities that can commit another form of privacy infraction — that against the business owner. A larger company that provides a service to a smaller one can use its access to the smaller company's business...
Have you noticed that as the price of Bitcoin goes up, altcoin prices go up? And have you also noticed that as the price of Bitcoin goes down, altcoin prices go down? This might seem like basic information if you are already a crypto-enthusiast. But perhaps, like myself, you would like to have a deeper understanding of what exactly is happening wit...
Not long ago, I posted about encryption and privacy on the web using the Tor browser. Many Tor users also run the Tails operating system to make their computer more secure.What is Tails?Tails is a Linux operating system which you download and install onto a USB drive (or CD). When your computer boots up, you tell it to run Tails instead of your reg...
​When I first implemented the connection sequence to connect to the peer to peer network in bitcoin-s-spv-node I simply followed the bitcoin developer reference which statesUntil both peers have exchangedversion messages, no other messages will be accepted.If a version message is accepted, the receiving node should send a verackmessage—but no node ...
Master Password is very different from other password managers in that it generates strong passwords based upon your master password. However, with their password generating algorithm there is no cloud, no sync or backups. The newly generated passwords are not stored anywhere.It is able to generate secure and strong passwords for any site or accoun...
The developer of OpenBazaar, Brian Hoffman, describes this market as "commerce without barriers". It gives people the freedom to trade between each other with no central player being involved. Nobody tells participants what they can or cannot sell and how people transact among themselves is entirely up to them. Just download it to your computer and...
These reviews are focusing on messengers which you can easily use on your cellphone. Whilst some messengers offer much more security and privacy than others, your communications on your cellphone can never be 100pct secure due to other systems functioning on your device.For us, the perfect solution would be a fully decentralized system. There is Bi...
Yesterday we plumbed the depths and reviewed the two worst apps when it comes to private messengers on your cellphone and today we continue our search for the ultimate private communication tool. Over the next couple of days we will write reviews about the best options for your cellphone, and explain why they are the best and how to use them. One g...
Yesterday we took a look at Signal, and today we come to Part 3 of our Secure Messenger reviews with our thoughts about Threema.Threema started life as an abbreviation: "EEEMA", meaning "End-to-End Encrypted Messaging Application". The three "E"s were a bit unwieldy, so it became "Threema".Threema uses the trusted open source NaCl cryptography libr...