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.

UseCrypt Messenger

UseCrypt Messenger

Web site: usecryptmessenger.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language:
First release:
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UseCrypt Messenger – a secure messenger available to a smartphone, which makes it possible to hold encrypted messages and calls in HD standard. Whole communication via Usecrypt Messenger is secured with end‑to‑end encryption with all cryptographic operations made on user’s device.

SECURING DATA FROM THE LEVEL OF DEVICE/PHONE (AT-REST) – it encrypts the APPLICATION (conversations, chats and call history in the application on the device/phone) making it impossible to extract/take-out anything from the app/phone). Phone operating system copies all the conversations, chats and history of talks and allows to extract it from the phone. The application protects your data in the App, when: loosing phone, stealing phone, giving to 3rd party to service, giving to your employer/company’s phone with private messengers), giving away to security institutions, remote attacks by hackers and business competitors, when leaving the phone unattended.

INDEPENDENT PASSWORD – The App has Enter Code that is independent to the operating system, making it impossible to open the application by unauthorized person (after breaking the screen lock of the phone).

THE ONLY APP THAT CAN DETECT IF YOUR PHONE HASN’T BEEN HACKED – Usecrypt is the only App that checks/inspects if your microphone and speaker is hacked; each time your open Usecrypt Messenger the App checks if UseCrypt Messenger is one and only App with access to microphone and speaker at that very point of time, it also checks if you do not have malicious apps on your phone.

PANIC CODE – The App has Panic Code; when forced to open the App the Panic Code erases the entire history and disconnect the Service leaving the App empty.

UNTRACEABLE IP – It is NOT using webRTC protocol that most of the Apps are and that allows easily to see to whom you called and where the person was; it gives full IP anonimity.

SERVERS DON’T STORE ANY DATA – By design the app’s server application never stores any history of calls, conversations and text messages – technically never touch your data so it cannot give it away.

PRIVACY FOR EMPLOYEE – That encrypts the conversations, chats and call history of the application on the device/phone (making it impossible to extract anything from the app).

Ablo

Ablo

Web site: ablo.live
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers, Social Networking Service
Platform: Android, iOS, Web browser
License:
Interface: GUI
Programing language:
First release: January 2019
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Ablo – a chat app to connect and have one-on-one conversations with new friends from all over the world.

Read, write and talk in your own language, Ablo translates your chats and video calls live.
Discover more about your friends’ culture, language and where they come from. Show your identity and your country.
Travel without even leaving your home. Available (free) for all devices.

Features:
• Free text & video chat
• Live translations
• Unlimited conversations
• Challenges
• Discover new countries

Ablo lets you connect with new people around the world in your own language. It is available both in the browser and as an iOS and Android app, because we want to give you the ability to start a conversation immediately, anytime, from anywhere, in any language. Having the world at your fingertips has never been so easy and intuitive.

Wickr

Wickr

Web site: wickr.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language:
First release: June 2012
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Wickr – a secure messaging apps based on different customer needs: Wickr Me, Wickr Pro, Wickr RAM, and Wickr Enterprise. Wickr mission is to provide a secure communication platform trusted by corporations and teams, across industries, sizes and scale, to manage their most valuable communications. Wickr is an American software companywas founded in 2012 by a group of security experts and privacy advocates.

Wickr Pro – Sign-up, invite your team with the convenient Network Dashboard, and download the app to get your own secure and private Wickr network in minutes. Take control of your most critical communications and data exchanges. On multiple networks? No problem, Wickr has cross-network communications with other Wickr Pro and Wickr Me users.

Wickr Enterprise – Wickr enterprise solution delivers compliance controls right out of the box and seamlessly integrates into your organizations IT workflows – Single Sign On (SSO), Mobile Device Management (MDM), integrations with our WickrAPI and WickrBOT – and for Compliance, into your organization’s secure logging systems.

Wickr RAM – Self-hosted end-to-end encrypted collaboration platform built by Wickr and deployed by USAF & GDIT/ARMA to address the requirements to serve Recall, Alert & Messaging needs.

Wickr Me – Sign-up, download the app, and invite your contacts in minutes. It’s that easy. Take control of your critical communications and personal data. Always anonymous, fully-encrypted and ephemeral.

Use Wickr to:
– Securely exchange critical communications with your team – backed by our patented device-to-device encryption protocols Send secure messages & voice memos Host voice / video / screen sharing collaborations with large room capabilities (# = 50?) & file transfers up to 5GBs Admin controls at your fingertips – manage your secure network globally User verification settings to ensure intended recipients Custom message expiration settings to manage data shelf-life and reduce leakage
– Access Wickr on any device, at your desk or out in the far reaches in the field
– Experience our recently launched Wickr Open Access(™) feature, a ‘smart VPN’ that enables you to connect and collaborate with your team securely without geo or weak wifi challenges.
– Add users outside of your network (Wickr Me users) and easily spin up urgent business critical conversations
– Integrate the tools and services already in your workflow, provided by WickrIO, the gateway to build your own bots and integrations with e.g. Slack// Wickr, Chatter//Wickr, ZenDesk//Wickr, PagerDuty//Wickr, and more

WeChat

WeChat

Web site: wechat.com/en/
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, OS X, Windows, Web client
License: Freeware, Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language:
First release: January 21, 2011
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WeChat – a messaging and social media app, a lifestyle for over one billion users across the world. Chat and make calls with friends, read news and use local services in Official Accounts and Mini Programs, play fun games with friends, enjoy mobile payment features with WeChat Pay, and much more.

Why do over one billion people use WeChat?
– MORE WAYS TO CHAT: Message friends using text, photo, voice, video, location sharing, and more. Create group chats with up to 500 members.
– VOICE & VIDEO CALL: High-quality voice and video calls to anywhere in the world. Make group video calls with up to 9 people.
– REAL-TIME LOCATION: Not good at explaining directions? Share your real-time location with the press of a button.
– MOMENTS: Share your favorite moments. Post photos, videos, and more to your Moments stream.
– TIME CAPSULE (NEW!): Share glimpses of your day. Record short videos to post in your Time Capsule before they disappear in 24 hours.
– STICKER GALLERY: Browse thousands of fun, animated stickers to help express yourself in chats, including stickers with your favorite cartoon and movie characters.
– CUSTOM STICKERS: Make chatting more unique with custom stickers and the new Selfie Stickers feature.
– OFFICIAL ACCOUNTS: Tons of accounts to follow with original content and news for your reading pleasure.
– MINI PROGRAMS: Countless third-party services all within the WeChat app that don’t require additional installation, saving you precious phone storage and time.
– TOP STORIES: See the latest articles your friends are reading and discover all kinds of interesting content.
– GAMES: Have fun and compete with friends in a huge selection of WeChat Mini Games and Tencent Games (*only available in certain regions).
– WECHAT PAY: Enjoy the convenience of world-leading mobile payment features with WeChat Pay and Wallet (*only available in certain regions).
– WECHAT OUT: Make calls to mobile phones and landlines around the globe at super low rates (*only available in certain regions).
– LANGUAGE SUPPORT: Localized in 20 different languages and can translate friends’ messages and Moments posts.
– BETTER PRIVACY: Giving you the highest level of control over your privacy, WeChat is the only messaging app to be certified by TRUSTe.
– AND MUCH MORE: Exercise with friends on WeRun, scan QR codes, and much more.

Trillian

Trillian

Web site: trillian.im
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Freemium, Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++
First release: July 1, 2000
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Trillian – a free and easy to use instant messaging that works on your desktop and phone. It supports IM services such as: AIM, Bonjour, Facebook Messenger, Google Talk (Hangouts), IRC, XMPP (Jabber), VZ, and Yahoo! Messenger. It also supports social networking sites, such as Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn, and Twitter; email services, such as POP3 and IMAP.

Goals:
– Simple Instant Messaging – Trillian keeps instant messaging simple by not reinventing the wheel or trying to sell you something you don’t need. Advertise your status, send messages to your contacts, and synchronize seamlessly between devices.
– Persistent Group Messaging – Group chats persist on the server so friends who are offline can always catch up easily. You can also assign operator status to groups to help with member management and control topics and permissions.
– File and Image Sharing – Send and receive pictures, files, screen captures, or anything you like. Share documents and spreadsheets in group conversations. Large files can be sent using peer-to-peer technology to ensure maximum speed and efficiency.
– Game Chat – Chat directly in full-screen games using Trillian’s powerful game chat overlay compatible with dozens of OpenGL and Direct3D applications. If you’ve used overlays before in Steam or Discord then you’ll appreciate being able to keep the conversation going in Trillian as well.
– Message History – Messages are stored on your computer so you always have a copy of your past conversations. Our powerful message history viewer comes equipped with searching and filters so you can track down previous chats at a moment’s notice.
– Themes and Emoticons – Themes – including light and dark – and emoticons powered by our friends at JoyPixels let your personalize Trillian any way you’d like. Change colors to suit your particular mood, and always have the right emoji on hand to express what you’re feeling.

It is created by Cerulean Studios.

Tencent QQ

Tencent QQ

Web site: imqq.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Windows
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language:
First release: February 1999
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Tencent QQ – an instant messaging software service and web portal developed by the Chinese company Tencent.

Goals:
– Multicommunication – video calls, voice messages, texting with heaps of fun emoticons.
– Live translation – QQ comes with a built-in translator for all your chats. The automatic translation will sort your problems out when you need to overcome cultural distances.
– A global messenger – The most popular personal communications app in history: over 1,000,000,000 registered users across 80+ countries.
– Find friends online – Find and add friends from your phone contacts or link third party accounts. Use the location-based discovery functions to find QQ users in your surroundings and make new friends.
– Share what matters – Don’t keep your best moments for yourself: sharing is caring, and Qzone makes it easier to share multimedia content with people you care about.
– QQ is available for Android, iOS/iPhone, Win, Mac, Web… and offers multi-device login and cross-platform integration.

Surespot

Surespot

Web site: surespot.me
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS
License: GPLv3
Interface: GUI
Programing language:
First release: 2013
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Surespot – a mobile messaging application that secures all messages using end-to-end encryption for every text, image and voice message returning your right to privacy. Surespot uses your mobile data plan and Wi-Fi so you don’t get texting charges, especially important for those friends in other countries.

Features:
– surespot is not associated with your phone number or email
– send voice messages when your hands or eyes are too busy to text
– multiple identities on a single device to keep matters separated
– free messenger with no advertising and open source clients
– your identity is portable, transfer your secure conversations to other devices
– uses 256 bit AES-GCM encryption using keys created with 521 bit ECDH*

Not all encryption is equal. Most messengers provide encryption during message transport using SSL but messages return to an unencrypted form once they reach the server. Other messengers use End-to-End Encryption but store the decryption keys on their servers for ease of use. In either case you would have to trust the server implicitly which has proven problematic when any server operator can be compelled by court order to turn over some or all of the messages and/or keys. Ideally you would not need to trust the server operator- enter surespot, odd for us to promote that you do not need to trust us but it is true!

Data sent using surespot is End-to-End Encrypted with symmetric-key encryption (256 bit AES-GCM) using keys created with 521 bit ECDH shared secret derivation. All that means our servers do not see or hold your keys and the messages you send are encrypted by your device so protected during the entire transport to the receiver, who is the only one who can decrypt the message.

Surespot also enables users to verify the public key fingerprint of friends offline which adds another layer of protection by revealing any MITM attacks.
Every line of the client code used in surespot is made available for inspection / scrutiny and for other developers to contribute to. Linus’s law states, “Given enough eyeballs all bugs are shallow.”