[talk] Encrypted Chat Applications (aka not Signal)

Shawn Webb shawn.webb at hardenedbsd.org
Thu Feb 13 08:56:16 EST 2020

On Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 03:41:01PM -0500, Isaac (.ike) Levy wrote:
> Hi All,
> I wanted to ask if folks have any preferred end to end encryption communications software they like, for chat/txt type messaging?  Quite specifically:
> I'm looking for:
> - Stuff which relies on user-created encryption keys (pgp/gpg or otherwise)
>   - optionally, has a distributed trust validation model built in (gpg signing use would do it)
> - Stuff which relies on generalized network/messaging infrastructure
>   - Anyone remember gpg plug ins for irc clients way back when?
>   - Remember when gpg over xmpp got hot?
> I am *not* looking for:
> - Anything which replaces distributed trust (gpg and human validation), with cenralized authority (Signal, iMessage, ssl/tls/CA based models-)
> - Maybe apps can run on popular mobile platforms (iOS, Android)
> - Maybe apps which can run on desktop (Pidgn?  Does it have these features?)
> Any thoughts?

Back in the day, I used to make heavy use of SILC[1]. I haven't really
kept up-to-date with it, but it seems like it's still maintained.

[1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SILC_(protocol)


Shawn Webb
Cofounder / Security Engineer

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