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Bitcoin Messenger May Become the Most Secure and Private Text Messaging Service of All

According to an article by Leigh Cuen in the CoinDesk web site:

A new bitcoin privacy technology was born this week, inspired by the politics of the “Great Lockdown.”

On Monday, software engineer John Cantrell released a messenger application called Juggernaut. It’s built entirely on top of bitcoin’s scaling layer, the Lightning Network, and offers end-to-end encrypted, onion-routed, peer-to-peer messages.

In some ways, Juggernaut offers a more secure and primitive version of the Ethereum-based Status messaging app or the bitcoin-friendly mobile app Sphinx Chat. But everything comes with tradeoffs and Juggernaut prioritizes privacy.

While it’s now in early beta stages, Cantrell said the idea was inspired by censorship concerns, such as those we’ve already seen during the coronavirus crisis, from WeChat and Facebook deleting posts about the pandemic to Google suspending an Idaho church app for allegedly violating Google Play’s new events policies. For just one more example, bitcoin advocate Knut Svanholm said Amazon forced him to remove a brief mention of the coronavirus from his self-published book in order to distribute it through Kindle.

You can read the full article at: https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-censorship-coronavirus-crisis-lightning-network.

Please note that Cuen’s article clearly states. “While it’s now in early beta stages…” so this is a new product that is still under development. It isn’t ready for use by the general public just yet. However, it should be interesting to keep an eye on the development of Juggernaut. It could indeed become the product of choice for safe and secure online conversations.

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

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