#Briar is an unusual kind of messenger for Android devices: there are no servers, messages are stored on your phone and sent directly to your contact's phone through TOR, wi-fi or bluetooth.
It's designed for journalists, activists, people working in disaster zones and anyone interested in "off the grid" communication.
The official site is here:
The app is free, open source and available through @fdroidorg and Google Play.
Your friend is confused. #Tor was (is?) developed and funded by the US navy.
There are a number of ways of "compromising" Tor, depending on your definition of compromise.
There is no such thing as absolute comms security, other than no comms.
There is knowing what different tools can and cannot do and choosing appropriately according to one's needs.
As far as I know it's only on Android?
However, you might want to check out the social network Scuttlebutt which works on similar principles.
Scuttlebutt has clients for desktop and Android, with iOS on the way:
The Android scuttlebutt app is called Manyverse:
Have you actually tried #Briar? The majority of scenarios where it comes in handy strike me as not being entirely compatible with desktop use in terms of a) mobility and b) deniability.
Convenience and security are often exclusive choices. Briar leans towards the latter.
I understand the reasons why but it is kinda annoying that there are no iOS versions for any of these apps/services/protocols, at least not yet.
Does anyone know if there is anything similar for iOS that is:
Actively being developed
Exactly like this, decentralised and doesn’t have metadata, is encrypted with good encryption etc?
Check out Tox (https://tox.chat/).
GPL 3, encryption by default, distrbuted (as in https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmNhFJjGcMPqpuYfxL62VVB9528NXqDNMFXiqN5bgFYiZ1/images/centralized-decentralized-distributed.jpg).
Text messaging, audio calls, video calls (although a bit laggy), and group conversations (although sadly they're not persistent yet).
@switchingsocial @fdroidorg Another characteristic of #briarproject is that you must initiate your contact in person: each person generates a QR code and scans the other's key. #TOFU with real people.
The current downside of Briar is that it's quite battery draining. But it's one of the very best P2P secure messaging systems.
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