Eight months after its Android alpha release, BitTorrent’s Bleep secure messaging app is now available on mobile and desktop.
Each device you ownan Android tablet, iOS smartphone, Windows PC, or Apple laptopis registered separately for added protection.
Why use Bleep? BitTorrent’s Farid Fadaie argued that the messaging space is insecure. “Since our open alpha release last September, a lot has happened in the private messaging space. Services have come and gone, some have been breached and patched, and in many cases, users have been left feeling violated, or at the very least, changed what they say or do online,” he wrote in a a blog post.
“We’ve decided that one of those costs should not be your identity,” Fadaie continued. “And by identity, we don’t just mean your personal details, but also what you choose to say and how you say it.”
Once downloaded, Bleep requires a nickname, or a key to be shared across the Web, which does not include personal information like your name, contact details, or location. The decision to verify an email address or phone number is optional, but allows friends and family to find you when they open an account.
Taking a page from its logoa folded note that represents a message passed directly from hand to handBleep keeps messages and the image encryption keys stored on your device, not in the cloud.
“We’ve solved serverless peer-to-peer messaging,” Fadaie boasted, “including the ability to get offline friends your messages when they come back online.”
Among the new features in this wide release is the ability to send whisper messages (pictured), which self-destruct 25 seconds after being viewed. Mobile users can simply tap “Go to Whisper” on the screen, while the shift (PC) or Ctrl (Mac) keyboard keys will do the trick on a desktop. Bleep lets you switch between normal and whisper messages without losing the conversational flow.
If a vindictive friend snaps a screenshot of last night’s embarrassing escapades, the whisper feature blocks nicknames, ensuring no one will be able to decipher who said what. And if you are managing too many discussions at once, and forget who you’re whispering with, tap the “eye” to display nicknames; the speech, however, will be blurred out.
“They can capture the conversation or the sender, but not both at the same time,” Fadaie promised.
As is all the rage these days in mobile messaging, Bleep also includes free app-to-app voice calls; connect by tapping the phone icon at the top of the screen. Calls are connected directly, with no end-to-end encryption.