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With ephemeral messaging growing in popularity, and given ongoing fear of government-sponsored snooping, small wonder that BitTorrent has now entered the market for secure chat apps — and in a pretty big way, too.

Bleep, their new Mac and iOS secure messaging and VoIP software, strives to ensure the privacy of your conversations by never saving them on your device or the servers. In a nutshell, Bleep uses encryption and peer-to-peer networking to establish a private, secure connection between devices.

With Bleep, you can whisper with friends on your Mac or iPhone and the messages will disappear after they are read.

“Every conversation is between you and your friends,” the company writes. “There is no cloud to hack because messages are never stored in the cloud.”

Moreover, Bleep supports making and receiving secure VoIP calls with the same peer-to-peer encrypted technology.

To prevent the creation of a local record of your conversation, you can “whisper” with friends and watch messages and videos disappear forever 25 seconds after they are read.

Bleep highlights:

  • Sign-up with email, mobile number or just go incognito
  • Send and receive online and offline text and images
  • Make and receive voice-calls over cellular data or WiFi to other Bleep users
  • Import your address-book contacts
  • Invite friends over email, SMS or share your public key
  • Messages are sent fully encrypted and stored locally
  • Easily delete your message history

Bleep doesn’t require you to create an account in a traditional sense in order to use the app, as it relies on unique Bleep keys. Simply download Bleep from the App Store, create a nickname, invite your friends if you want and you can start chatting right away.

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Of course, to find friends using Bleep you’ll need to add a phone number or email address to Bleep, but this is an optional feature. Again, the app uses end-to-end encryption, with encryption keys saved locally on your device.

Here’s how Bleep compares with other messaging apps

BitTorrent 1.0 for iOS comparison chart

If you’re concerned about eavesdropping on your communications in this era when privacy is a rapidly vanishing right, you should give Bleep — an encrypted, decentralized messaging software — a try. The app is available natively across all major platforms.

The BitTorrent blog has more on Bleep and what it took to engineer arguably the most secure messaging solution to date.

My only gripe with Bleep is the lack of a password protection screen so that no one can open the app if they gain access to the phone but I’m sure the team will add Touch ID/passcode protection in a future update.

I would have also preferred if they implemented some kind of protection against screengrabbing via iOS’s standard screenshot-taking shortcut.

Download Bleep free in the App Store.

Bleep for Mac is available via the official website.

  • Lemerio P.

    If I send a message to another person and I have to wait until they read it, then there is certainly saving of your information on a server.

    • therealjjohnson

      Hmmm. Interesting point…

    • Stefano Polo

      my guess is that the actual text isn’t saved on the cloud. However each text is a unique object and their servers check to see if the receiving user has read that object or not. Think of it like a package delivery service. They can let you know when the receiver receives your package without having to know the contents of the package.

      • Lemerio P.

        So sounds like it’s using techniques similar to Secure Shell (SSH). I was just curious how they were keeping it safe because P2P alone isn’t safe and it’s very easy steal data and inject viruses along the way.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        I don’t think said viruses will have any affect on iOS devices. Same as a Windows virus simply cannot have the same effect on a Mac machine, not the same language, thus having no malicious effect on the Mac machine.

      • throttle clutch e brake

        Yes. Correct. Each modern messaging app adds that “read” option but each messaging app runs entirely on its own sever…

    • There’s no cloud. They use peer-to-peer technology similar to bit torrent clients. Devices communicate directly…

    • Just guessing but assuming this is possible they probably ping the device somehow and wait for a response and when there’s a response send the message and if there isn’t a response then the device is offline or not responding so keep trying every X seconds.

    • throttle clutch e brake

      Then again no because the other party is on a sever which has “encrypted technology”. if one party has the app and messages to another party ( through the app) then it’s still granting security

  • Crouch

    No point. Whatsapp owns this world. If Telegram which is so much better than Whatsapp can’t do it then i don’t know what can.

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      I disagree, it’s because people are uninformed about how insecure these apps like Whatsapp and Snapchat are that they don’t care and just use them. But if people take the time to educate themselves, you can be sure that people will start looking elsewhere and these apps will face a steady decline in signups. All it takes is just a few people, a word of mouth, to get people to ditch these apps and go for more secure and private ones. I for one myself got a dozen people that I know with iPhones and Droids to ditch Whatsapp and Snapchat in a very short time and use more secure apps like Threema, Signal, TextSecure and to use iMessage more if they have an iOS device.

      • Sokrates

        I think that the main reason is that people don’t care either because they really do or because they just aren’t aware of the huge privacy problem.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        The majority are just unaware, but once they do become aware of how certain apps abuse their privacy then they will reconsider. One simply cannot be wilfully ignorant or indifferent, they just have to properly and appropriately informed.

      • throttle clutch e brake

        Threema would be paid app… Lol

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        So what? Pay €2–3 and be reassured that my communications are safe, private and not being read/collected by agencies and others? I’d pay that any day. Rule of thumb, if something’s free, you’re not the customer, you’re the product. I know that this Bleep app, Signal and other secure messaging alternatives are free of charge, but at least they put an emphasis on encryption and privacy, I’d trust those any day over the Whatsapps, Snapchats, Vibers and FB Messengers (which I never use/used).

    • Sokrates

      fully agree.

  • Stefano Polo

    I absolutely love this, the whisper mode is genius! I was just about to invite my buddies to join….until I realized it doesn’t do group chats 🙁 They really dropped the ball on that feature. I get the P2P defined as one-to-one, but if you’re going to create a competing messaging app, you have to have group chat feature by default as well.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    After watching the app preview video I just noticed that they’re using one of the music sequences found in iMovie for iOS, anyone else notice that?

    It’s unfortunate though that this app isn’t available outside the U.S. App Store, I already use 3 secure end2end encrypted messaging apps like Threema, Signal and iMessage, but I would’ve liked to give this app a spin.

  • Jorge Ruíz

    Telegram is better, can send any kind of file without size limit and it’s all encrypted maybe even better than this. Also you can have an username instead of sharing your phone number.

  • Marcus

    PSA: Do not use any products that are made by BitTorrent! This includes BitTorrent, uTorrent, Sync, Bleep, & Maelstrom. The company offers great services, but they can’t be trusted. Recently, they were caught installing Bitcoin Miners in new releases of their BitTorrent & uTorrent Clients without user consent. So, everyone that updated those programs on their computers experienced a laggy computer and they didn’t know why. I used to use all of their services too, but after that I pulled the plug and deleted everything I had related to BitTorrent… Don’t use products that a bad company makes. Don’t download this Bleep app of theirs.

  • throttle clutch e brake

    Let me get this straight, sending a message normally and by a whisper is still encrypted for both??

  • throttle clutch e brake

    Doesn’t seem to work well either ..