Message+

Message+

Web site: vzw.com/VZMessages
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: iOS
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language:
First release:
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Message+ (Verizon Messages) – a chat application for your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

Features:

NEW Group chats – Create larger group chats with up to 250 people. Send and receive photos/videos in seconds. Personalize your chat experience with avatars, backgrounds and more. You can even mute a conversation or add or remove members or without creating a new group.

NEW Yelp Integration – Tap the plus menu and easily access Yelp from within the app. Search for restaurants, entertainment and directions. Make plans and share the details all within your chat.

NEW Kanvas Updates – Create and send custom gifs, and easily edit photos with stickers, text, doodles and more.

Share your location – Glympse™ lets you share your location with the people you choose for the length of time you set. Perfect for meeting up, or letting people know you’re running late.

Send an eGift – Tap the plus menu and select eGifts icon. Easily send an eGift card right through text message eGifting has been expanded to include eGift cards from more than 30 brands

Sync across devices – Download Verizon Messages on all your devices, and sync messages across your smartphone, tablet and computer. Switch devices whenever you want. Make calls with your tablet anywhere.

Other features:

Schedule messages to be delivered at a specific date/time, even if your phone is turned off.

Search the web for images and gifs to include in your chat with Yahoo search.

Express yourself through colorful Emoji’s by tapping on highlighted keywords when composing messages.

Send and receive messages over Extended Wi-Fi from your smartphone, iOS device, tablet, PC, Mac and web browser.

Messages

Messages

Web site:
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: iOS, OS X, iPadOS, watchOS
License: Freeware, Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language:
First release: 2009
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Messages (previously: Text (iOS) and iChat (macOS)) – an instant messaging software application developed by Apple Inc. for its macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS operating systems. Messages brings support for iMessage, Apple’s messaging service for iOS, and the FaceTime integration.

Goals:
– Create a group conversation
– Reply to specific messages
– Leave a group conversation
– Personalize your messages with effects
– Create and use your Memoji
– Add a personal touch
– Use your own Apple ID for Family Sharing

Download

No download is available.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger

Web site: messenger.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers, VoIP Clienta
Platform: Android, iOS, OS X, Windows, Web
License: Proprietary, Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language:
First release: August 9, 2011
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Facebook Messenger (previously: Facebook Chat) – an application for messaging, video chat and contact developed by Facebook, Inc.

Features:
– Messenger allows you to chat on Facebook, Instagram, Portal and Oculus (coming soon).
– Watch movies, music videos, TV shows and more with your friends in video chat.
– You can customize your reactions with new emoji icons.
– Bring your conversation to life with eye-catching augmented reality effects.
– Choose from attractive themes and colors to personalize your chats.
– Select the exact message in your chat that you want to reply to or forward.
– Sign in to use face recognition or fingerprint recognition on your Messenger unlock device so that no one but you can access your chats.
– Send and receive money quickly and securely by adding a debit card, PayPal account or rechargeable prepaid card (in USA only).
– Find deals, make reservations, and get help by contacting your favorite businesses directly from Messenger.

eBuddy

eBuddy

Web site: ebuddy.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS
License: Proprietary, Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language:
First release: March 9, 2003
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eBuddy – a safe and secure messaging application for Android and iOS users.

Features:
– Everything you send is encrypted. This means that no one, except you and the person you sent a message to, can read what you’ve sent or received.
– Your messages messages will be automatically deleted when seen so you can have peace of mind that no corporate information is left behind on co-workers phones.
– With one tap you can call your friends with crystal clear audio and video.
– Sent images and documents, all encrypted.

eBuddy was originally developed by Paulo Taylor.

Briar

Briar

Web site: briarproject.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers, Forums
Platform: Android
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: Java
First release: May 9, 2018
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Briar – a messaging app designed for activists, journalists, and anyone else who needs a safe, easy and robust way to communicate. Unlike traditional messaging apps, Briar doesn’t rely on a central server – messages are synchronized directly between the users’ devices. If the internet’s down, Briar can sync via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, keeping the information flowing in a crisis. If the internet’s up, Briar can sync via the Tor network, protecting users and their relationships from surveillance.

Briar provides private messaging, public forums and blogs that are protected against the following surveillance and censorship threats:
– Metadata surveillance. Briar uses the Tor network to prevent eavesdroppers from learning which users are talking to each other. Each user’s contact list is encrypted and stored on her own device.
– Content surveillance. All communication between devices is encrypted end-to-end, protecting the content from eavesdropping or tampering.
– Content filtering. Briar’s end-to-end encryption prevents keyword filtering, and because of its decentralized design there are no servers to block.
– Takedown orders. Every user who subscribes to a forum keeps a copy of its content, so there’s no single point where a post can be deleted.
– Denial of service attacks. Briar’s forums have no central server to attack, and every subscriber has access to the content even if they’re offline.
– Internet blackouts. Briar can operate over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to keep information flowing during blackouts.

Hamsket

Hamsket

Web site: github.com/TheGoddessInari/hamsket
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers, Email Clients
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: JavaScript
First release: April 2016
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Hamsket – a free and open source messaging and emailing app that combines common web applications into one.

Features:
– Master Password.
– Lock Hamsket if you will be away for a period of time.
– Don’t disturb mode.
– Reorder applications in the tab bar.
– Notification badge in the tab.
– Minimize to tray.
– Mute audio to specific service.
– Separate tabs floating to the right.
– Disable a service instead of remove it.
– Start automatically on system startup.
– Custom Javascript injection.
– Custom CSS injection.
– Keyboard Shortcuts.
– Proxy.
– Passive mouse/touch event listeners by default.
– Lowered timer granularity to save CPU time by default.
– No user tracking.
– Fully open source, won’t change
– Highly responsive to issues, PRs, and help.
– Offline backup and restore.

No personal information will be saved or tracked. Sessions will persist using the partition:persist attribute for Webviews. So every time you open Hamsket, your sessions will keep alive until you remove the service.

Kotatogram Desktop

Kotatogram

Web site: kotatogram.github.io
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++
First release: January 2018
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Kotatogram Desktop – a fork of Telegram Desktop, has all its features, but it also has some more useful and cosmetic features.

Features:
– Local folders
– Forward to multiple chats and forward without author
– Custom font
– Compact chat list
– Custom text replaces
– Change sticker size
– Adaptive chat bubbles
– and other smaller features.

Instantbird

Instantbird

Web site: instantbird.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: IM, IRC clients
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C, JavaScript
First release: October 18, 2007
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Instantbird – an instant messaging client with support for AOL, Yahoo, MSN, Google Talk, Twitter, Facebook, XMPP, IRC and ICQ. It supports for customization using themes and extensions built-in. Instantbird is built on the same technical platform as Firefox.

As of October 2017 development of Instantbird as a standalone product has been stopped.

OnionShare

OnionShare

Web site: onionshare.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Peer2Peer Clients, IM
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: Python
First release: 2014
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OnionShare – an open source tool that lets you securely and anonymously share files, host websites, and chat with friends using the Tor network.

Third parties don’t have access to anything that happens in OnionShare. Using OnionShare means hosting services directly on your computer. When sharing files with OnionShare, they are not uploaded to any server. If you make an OnionShare chat room, your computer acts as a server for that too. This avoids the traditional model of having to trust the computers of others.

Network eavesdroppers can’t spy on anything that happens in OnionShare in transit. The connection between the Tor onion service and Tor Browser is end-to-end encrypted. This means network attackers can’t eavesdrop on anything except encrypted Tor traffic. Even if an eavesdropper is a malicious rendezvous node used to connect the Tor Browser with OnionShare’s onion service, the traffic is encrypted using the onion service’s private key.

Anonymity of OnionShare users are protected by Tor. OnionShare and Tor Browser protect the anonymity of the users. As long as the OnionShare user anonymously communicates the OnionShare address with the Tor Browser users, the Tor Browser users and eavesdroppers can’t learn the identity of the OnionShare user.

If an attacker learns about the onion service, it still can’t access anything. Prior attacks against the Tor network to enumerate onion services allowed the attacker to discover private .onion addresses. If an attack discovers a private OnionShare address, a password will be prevent them from accessing it (unless the OnionShare user chooses to turn it off and make it public). The password is generated by choosing two random words from a list of 6800 words, making 6800², or about 46 million possible passwords. Only 20 wrong guesses can be made before OnionShare stops the server, preventing brute force attacks against the password.

Communicating the OnionShare address might not be secure. Communicating the OnionShare address to people is the responsibility of the OnionShare user. If sent insecurely (such as through an email message monitored by an attacker), an eavesdropper can tell that OnionShare is being used. If the eavesdropper loads the address in Tor Browser while the service is still up, they can access it. To avoid this, the address must be communicated securely, via encrypted text message (probably with disappearing messages enabled), encrypted email, or in person. This isn’t necessary when using OnionShare for something that isn’t secret.

Communicating the OnionShare address might not be anonymous. Extra precautions must be taken to ensure the OnionShare address is communicated anonymously. A new email or chat account, only accessed over Tor, can be used to share the address. This isn’t necessary unless anonymity is a goal.

Filetopia

Filetopia

Web site: filetopia.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Peer2Peer Clients, Instant Messengers
Platform: Linux, Windows
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: Java FX
First release: 1999
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Filetopia – a free peer-to-peer file sharing client, with chat, and sending instant messages, within the Filetopia Network and encrypted peer to peer connection.

Features:
– Multi-platform, Multi-language – Java based to work on desktop: windows, linux… Web version being developed for all desktop and mobile devices. Program is available in 6 languages at this time: english, spanish, german, italian, dutch, arabian
– Selective, Secure Sharing – Create any number of lists with exactly the content you want. Share them with all or specific rooms, groups or users. Assign permissions to users and groups including server slots and bandwidth.
– Flexible User Interface – Float windows, change tab positions, choose from 9 different program themes and over 25 different chat presets or make your own.
– Instant Messenger – Filetopia includes a powerful instant messenger with many features to make your online experience fun and secure.
– Moderation – Our 15+ years of experience with the classical Filetopia has given us a good insight about how important moderation is for an open system. This program includes many features to keep unwanted people from disturbing your community.
– Searchable – While global file search is not implemented to encourage sharing with friends, just about everything else is searchable: rooms, messages, lists, logs, chat, walls, even inside search results.