Hide Your Chats From Spies With Tor Messenger

The Tor Project launches an encrypted, anonymous messaging app.

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In a blog post published on Thursday, the Tor Project, the non-profit organization that manages the Tor network, announced the release of an anonymous chat app, Tor Messenger. The new messaging client will not replace existing chat platforms such as Facebook, Google Talk, or Twitter, but will allow users to anonymize the traffic they send using such services.

Based on an instant messaging client that arose in the Mozilla community, Instantbird, Tor Messenger is designed to be secure by default. It encrypts all communications and routes data through Tor's network of servers, which disguises the origin and identity of the sender.

"[Instant messaging] has traditionally been in a client-server model, meaning that your metadata (specifically the relationships between contacts) can be logged by the server," explains the post. Tor Messenger prevents unwanted spies from finding your metadata by hiding its route to the server.

The client is still in beta, but is available for download on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.

Reason TV editor Nick Gillespie recently sat down with the development director of the Tor Project, Karen Reilly, who explained how Tor's products enable us to restore our privacy in the digital world. Watch their discussion below.

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  1. Great interview Nick 🙂

  2. Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour. I work through this link, go? to tech tab for work detail,,,,,,,

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  3. Awesome!

  4. The best news is news you can use.

    1. Snowden agrees.

  5. Just watched “It Follows” Decent flick for that genre.

    1. Looks interesting – and I thought the soundtrack artist sounded familiar, and it is.

  6. I read that as I could hide my charts from spies. What if I don’t have any charts? What then?

    1. Just record your paranoia and/or insecurity levels about not having charts over time.. Boom, your first chart!

    2. You could always hide your chants from spies.

    3. I thought it was about hiding cats and pies

      1. Your supposed to hide the cats in the pies

  7. I thought this was going to be a video about Germans scoring soccer goals. Tor!

    But this will have to do.

    1. *Augen einengen*

  8. Facebook and twitter users are all so motherfucking dumb they should be collectively raped with the fat cock of American NSA.

  9. If you fucking own a goddamn phone trillions of people… rest assured some dope shitty developer in an alley in San Fran is fucking chuckling over your stupid data release along with your fucking retarded millions of sim users. Jesus FUCKING CHRIST! Humanity has had its collective head caved in by graphical sprites dancing to tunes on subways and islands eating candy and shit while the fucking teams of multi-millionaire developers ply psychological tricks to empty wallets. Fucking fuck. Modern day tech is verging on pure snake oil.

    BUY YOUR MOTHERFUCKING GAMES, BITCHES! AT A SINGLE COST!!!!!!!!!!!!! QUIT FUCKING Purging your goddamn credit card for advanced gaming psyops to the tune of hundreds -you stupid motherfuckers could buy a new couch for the crap you piss off to dumbass corner bumping geeks in san fran.

    Jesus fucking christ.

    1. I’m a backslider! I’ve abandoned my child. I’ve abandoned my child! I’VE ABANDONED MY CHILD! I’VE ABANDONED MY CHILD!

    2. I’m a backslider! I’ve abandoned my child. I’ve abandoned my child! I’VE ABANDONED MY CHILD! I’VE ABANDONED MY CHILD!

  10. I FUCKING HATE mobile phone apps. If I had a motherfucking laser gatling sun startler I’d fucking burn that shit up with rays from the motherloving sun. Because people are so goddamn stupid they fall prey to I have to make my monster bigger quicker. I have to make my candy goddamn fall swifter. I shall pay 25 now. and 25 later. and 25 next week. and 25 the week after. and… STOP!!!!!!!!!

    FUCKING STOP you silly frog. Fucking step back. put your wallet back in the butt or purse. Just fucking stop… you work way too fucking hard for your fucking dollars…

    that shit you need to buy on that screen is a drug. A drug managed by teams of super intelligent people to look into your mind and make your heart feel as if it needs to COMPULSIVELY ‘get’ to a level.

    The 110 IQ average user by the millions are interacting with the squalid money pit built by teams of people with average IQ’s of 129 and above and without empathy.

    Fucking tech is great! PEACE!

  11. I FUCKING HATE mobile phone apps. If I had a motherfucking laser gatling sun startler I’d fucking burn that shit up with rays from the motherloving sun. Because people are so goddamn stupid they fall prey to I have to make my monster bigger quicker. I have to make my candy goddamn fall swifter. I shall pay 25 now. and 25 later. and 25 next week. and 25 the week after. and… STOP!!!!!!!!!

    FUCKING STOP you silly frog. Fucking step back. put your wallet back in the butt or purse. Just fucking stop… you work way too fucking hard for your fucking dollars…

    that shit you need to buy on that screen is a drug. A drug managed by teams of super intelligent people to look into your mind and make your heart feel as if it needs to COMPULSIVELY ‘get’ to a level.

    The 110 IQ average user by the millions are interacting with the squalid money pit built by teams of people with average IQ’s of 129 and above and without empathy.

    Fucking tech is great! PEACE!

    1. That’s something I like about Nintendo. They put out games complete, not with a whole ‘nother game’s worth of DLC fucking Day 1.

    2. I wish there was some way to banish the “Free to Play” garbage from Steam.

  12. Social media is not anonymously fucking spurting crap on a favored site. Social media is a world where your connections digitally understand you as a living real and identified creature.

    Agile hangs here on Reason mostly anon. Facebook and Twitter are the identified creature horror loved by billions of silly stupid fucks who literally scream ‘ I am the dumbest fuck ever born… except I realize I haz friends cuz trillions of dumb fucks have been born that love FB that i am now clouded with so I am happy to exist with billions of dumb fucks. Praise Murica, Jebus, and Hillary!!’

  13. FUCK SOCIAL GODDAMN MEDIA BECUASE IT IS NOW A TOOL of your favorite political government, lovely millennial at the party of fucking chubs at your fav brickhouse pub on that sweet street.

    Fucking wake up, K?

    FUCKING wake your goddamn modern tech drugged brain up. I love drugs, but drugs should not cost more than your time in the sun. Your technology is revealing everything about you, bitches.
    EVERY SINGLE fucking thing. Your goddamn browser is transmitting every fucking fear. Your goddamn phone transmits your ghosts to monitor-lit faces in cold corporate basements. They are watching now. Every. Single, Fucking. Slip. Of. Data. Becomes a tool to build a profile of millions leading to the psychological profiles that are connected with advanced mathematics which are turned on the clay of of super dollar minings.

    Mobile phone users are the fucking twisted shit stains of gaming. Literal low lives of screen pressing shit heels that have built empires on the jingles of soft bored brains. Jesus fucking christ… the mobile internet is a shit hell.

  14. On the backsides of this emergent hell are thousands of young minds pouring over data clicked by the lost and bored. And I fucking have to ask WHAT THE FUCK career that pays maybe 80k a year that makes you excited to exploit the goddamn weak and stupid on their goddamn cell technology? WHAT THE MOTHERFUCKING fuck office on that street facing the ocean makes you so goddamn thrilled to twiddle the codes and binaries to twist the psych of your millions of users at your board meeting with that miserable brain rotted fucktwat CEO you clack buttons to.

    jesus christ- even this site has gotten so fucking SICK in its chasing of the tech dream. Chase a tech dream, Reason. Just don’t chase a motherfucking altar call of credit purchases by the millions for sweet colors twerking on a goddamn screen, man.

    I HATE the psychological clever manipulation and exploitation of weak minds for profit. I FUCKING HATE IT!!

    Music Monsters is a great example. FUCK Music MONSTERS into forever hell. Tons of shit like this exists on the mobile app sphere and on big fish. Steam has figured out a way to avoid my hatred of this crap.

    Mobile phone users might be the most brain fucking shits with legs on the planet ever because their games are built on turds crapped from wallet pennies….

    The world has gone insane, Mr. Boogaloo.

  15. Digital snake oil makes believers. And the Amazing Randi spent his life chasing faith healers and rightfully so. tons of love to one of my gods, the Amazing Randi. But faith healing has passed off like Uri in spite of his shitty jewelry. And so I recognize that shitty places on occasion pretend that Jesus cares about little scared cancer kids or women with the breast lump and shit… Fucked up world, man.

    The newest and most disturbing carnival is happening where your fingers click and clack. The modern faith carnival is the serration released for 5 bucks of your credit card on your goddamn mobile phone.

    WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

    1. WHY THE FUCKING WHY!!!!!!!!!!!?

      STOP GIVING fucking dollars past what I present as OK for a software game which equals about 25-75 bucks. After that… STOP!

      End the game… erase that shit from your phone or browser. No digital game is worth more. Period. FUCKING PERIOD!!!
      BUt, lots of this new shit is 5 bucks here and 5 bucks there and 5 bucks over yonder and 5 bucks next week and 5 bucks for a sword and 5 bucks for faster breeding and 5 bucks for plants growing faster and 5 bucks for shit that should grow a huge san francisco over-priced shitty place to live cock and it should mount a plane and fly to me and rape my mouth with its amazing because all that diarrhea from from san francisco tech is amazing right? so I guess if a huge san francisco over-priced shitty place to live cock flies into my mouth I should eat its shitty cum? Nah, I will take my .22 and kill the shit out of it. Peace out.

  16. The modern faith movement is humans trusting tech. Decades ago they trusted the altars. Now, they trust the altars of tech, man.

    I do not GIVE a SINGLE motherfucking FUCK about my Reason writers because they are awesome except when they are not the fucking fuck.

    FAITH is NOW TECH FAITH.

    The altars under the tents of the 50’s and 60’s are now the modern equivalent to mall love in the apple booths or the lines stretching under the sun seeking the latest device that can heal my young heart.

  17. Tech faith or apple faith or amazon faith or app faith is the greatest newest revelation, man.
    Where all the millions of people out there in the land beyond your fucking face are constantly checking their device like an old school evangelical checking his bible.

    I think Tech gone mobile is psychomondo…. Billions clacking the moving gaze.

    while freedom is not particularly gaining a foothold which. is. sad.

  18. Snowden is the ultimate man of future rainbows.
    Snowden is the trend curves of love beating my brain like spec ops laser punched brain needles.
    Snowden, I would love to kiss on his neck but i can’t never…
    so the sun spills its secrets everyday on my window sill…
    but my mind looks into the arms of the oaks and their spreading bow branches and
    the groves share the dreams and bridges of the puffing and pulling and shit

  19. I will look at the waves glancing on the wall
    and take the ripples into my mouth, bro.
    I will fall under the call of manly tunes and
    tanks and concerts and listless clouds
    so agile cyborg will fall under the goodly bye my loves

  20. In mundane news that I’ve missed, Mark Cuban’s yacht is named “Fountainhead”, and not by accident

    1. It has a big leak in it?

      1. Joking aside, it was built in a Dutch shipyard, and if you search, you’ll find they credit the ‘famous novel’ for the name. I gotta believe that wouldn’t be there without Cuban (as the client) ‘requesting’ it be so.
        Never read it, so I make no comment on how it relates to Cuban’s life or how he sees it.

        1. Cuban went on a Twitter tirade about Net Neutrality that included quotes from AS. I know it’s fashionable to bash Rand and Cytotoxic by proxy around here, but the Fountainhead is one of the greatest books I’ve ever read. I’ve never been so moved by a book.

          Laugh, call me shallow, call me cold and selfish and idealistic if you’d like. It doesn’t change the fact that I loved the book and it will forever remain among my favorites.

          As an aside, I’ll also bet Elon Musk is a fan.

          1. As I mentioned, I haven’t read it, so I’m not about to call any who has one thing or the other, but:
            “As an aside, I’ll also bet Elon Musk is a fan.”
            Is the book about rent-seeking? Gaming gov’t subsidies? If so, Elon’s ON it!
            If it’s about making money without grabbing taxpayer money, I have no idea why Elon would ever read it. Why should he? He’s never bothered to do so when he can pocket the money the government’s already stolen from the population.

          2. “I know it’s fashionable to bash Rand and Cytotoxic by proxy around here”

            Then I suffer in glorious company.

            The Fountainhead wasn’t just good it (spoilers) was totally ripped of for The Producers! (ironic title). They totally stole the insurance scam from Rand!

            1. Fountainhead is almost assuredely a technically better novel, but I prefer AS. And Anthem is an easier read than both.

              That completes my Rand readings so no comments on the rest.

    1. You caught the story about the SJ restaurant and shigella? Tough issue; as I understand it, an employee who was not symptomatic spread it.
      Yeah, ‘wash hands’, but did you touch the door knob?

      1. Typhoid Mary’s cousin!?!?!

  21. And once more:
    Who in hell makes money out of me trying to figure out what time it is tomorrow? Why is this anachronism still with us? I’m sure turd claims it’s BOOOOOOOOOSH, commie-kid says it’s ‘Big Time’ and Jack’s certain it’s AGW ‘deniers’, but someone has to be getting pocket-lining.
    Who?

  22. NSA compromised TOR nodes anyone?

    1. Can happen. Fight it with more nodes. Get more nodes by incentivising them.

  23. The thing is, how do we know it’s really secure? Maybe the government wants people who are doing shady things to use this so they spy on them easily?

    1. I assume is is open source. RTFSC.

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