BitTorrent has moved its peer-to-peer messaging app, Bleep, out of testing and moved into the app store
Following the reveal of the massive NSA spying program by analyst Edward Snowden, internet security and privacy have jumped to the front of many peoples minds. Apps we use everyday such as Skype, Kik, or SnapChat are all watched closely by the NSA who gather up all the data they can. Despite the fact that they could never hope to read through it all, the idea is unsettling for a huge number of people. Devices and apps that can protect users from surveillance have become a huge movement in the technology industries.
Now BitTorrent is getting the jump on the competition releasing their serverless messaging app, Bleep, on the iOS app store today. The final product of a years worth of testing, Bleep works the same way chat rooms did in the old days with no sign up required. All users have to do is pick out a username to get setup. After that they have the option to verify a phone number and email address with Bleep so it can help discover and add other users. Users who aren’t quite comfortable with that can instead give out the BitTorrent Key to people you want to chat with.
Thankfully BitTorrent won’t be using the cloud and doesn’t store any of your message, data, or photos giving users the security they’ve been craving. What’s more impressive about Bleep though is that it offers voice calls with end-to-end encryption as well as a SnapChat style feature called Whisper. Using Whisper you can send disappearing messages, even allowing you to switch between standard and fleeting messages at will. Bleep even has a way to stop other users from snapping a screenshot of your message.
Your username is blurred out, the only way to see your name is to tap the eye icon which blurs out your message before revealing your name. Bleep will never allow other users to see both your username and message at the same time thanks to the Whisper feature. BitTorrent also put thought into explaining the feature to users who’ve never used an app like SnapChat before; putting screenshots in place that explain what’s happening. All together Bleep is the messaging app security minded users have been waiting for.
Anyone who wants to avoid their privacy being violated by the NSA, Google, and other tech giants will be happy to hear the Bleep app is free on iOS. Not only that its also available for PC, Mac, ad Android users which means anyone can protect themselves. Now all we need to see if Bleep can break into the crowded messaging app world and gain a following.