Meetings: Open source private Messenger that doesn’t require your phone number

Introduction: The highlight of our open source software this week is Session. It is another branch of the increasingly popular private Messenger signal. Conversations don’t even need your phone number to operate.

Meeting: a true personal messenger

People who care about privacy are always looking for the ultimate service that allows you to communicate securely while respecting our privacy across multiple platforms.

Recently, I came across an interesting open source messaging application “ Session “By Rocky Foundation Technically, it is another branch of the open source encrypted Messenger signal.

In this article, I will focus on the Session application and provide its functionality.

Session is quite new on the spot-I have mentioned some errors at the bottom of the article.

Features of Session Messenger

I will focus on the main features of Session, which will help you determine if the feature is enough for you to try.

No phone number required for conversation

Session creation

For privacy enthusiasts, registering a phone number in Signal or other such applications can be risky.

However, with sessions, you do n’t need a phone number, just click the “ create an account “, When installed on a desktop or phone, it only generates random (unique) Session ID .

It looks like this: 05652245af9a8bfee4f5a8138fd5c ……..

Therefore, you only need to share your session ID with the contact you want to add. Or you can choose to get QR code After you create your account, you can share it with your friends to rejoin you.

Sessions use blockchain (and other encryption technologies)

Session Request ID Session ID

For those who know Blockchain Yes – they have been waiting for a practical application that ordinary users can use. Conversation is such an example, it takes blockchain as the core, and you don’t need to know it is there.

If you are curious about how it works, check out their Official blog post Explain it.

Cross platform support

Cross-platform session

For content that is strictly privacy focused, you also want it to be available on multiple platforms.

Of course, first of all, I mainly focus on Linux and Android support but it also supports Windows / Mac / iOS. So you can easily sync across multiple devices across platforms.

Includes basic privacy options

Session settings

There is no doubt that it provides some basic privacy-centric features that will help make the experience more secure.

For starters, you have the following options:

  • Message TTL : This allows you to control how long the message will remain before the recipient can see it.
  • Read receipt : Let others know that you have viewed the message or read your message.

Sessions use a decentralized network and protect your metadata

Even if Session is not a peer-to-peer technology, it does not have a central server for the network.

Take a decentralized approach to the way messages are sent (or routed). If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can follow Session’s official blog post Difference between centralization and decentralization And explore its potential working principle.

Moreover, this network approach helps them protect metadata (information associated with messages such as IP addresses).

other functions

Not limited to the latest / largest privacy-friendly features, it also supports group chat, voice messages, and also allows you to send attachments.

Install session on Linux

If you go Official download page And you will be able to download. Application picture file. If you don’t know how it works, you should check out the article on how to use AppImage.

In either case, you can go to their GitHub release page Catch .deb file.


My experience with Session App

I managed to try it on multiple platforms. For desktop, I used .AppImage file popular! _OS 19.10 Run the session.

Overall, the user experience is impressive and there are no user interface glitches.

After backing up your passwords, recovering your account is also easy. seed ).

Session seed

However, I also noticed several issues-can be resolved / improved:

  • Delay in accepting a friend’s request
  • The way to link devices is not intuitive
  • Sometimes when you reply from two separate devices (using the same ID), the recipient gets two different conversations.

in conclusion

Of course, nothing is perfect. At the moment, I’m thinking about keeping it installed and considering the capabilities of Session, which is definitely the approach that privacy-conscious users should try.

What do you think of this? Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

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