BitTorrent has been coming up with interesting new projects. Today am trying out BitTorrent’s new Secure Messaging service – Bleep. I had discussed about their BitTorrent Sync service last time.
This new Application is currently in its Alpha stage and is available only on limited Platforms. It’s almost certain that none of your friends are on this new messaging platform yet. 😀
I tried out the application and found it to be quite fast. But the Alpha app has a few Force Close bugs.
How Bleep works.
The App works on BitTorrent protocol, which means the messaging is secure and private. Let me explain how the BitTorrent protocol works.
The service is based on P2P networking. Which means there is no third party involvement with your messages. The message is stored nowhere else except the sender’s and the receiver’s devices. Your message is not stored on any Third Party server.
Compare it to WhatsApp Messaging application, WhatsApp stores your messages on their server and delivers it to the recipient when he/she comes online whereas Bleep sends the message directly to the receiver’s device using the P2P protocol.
Oh yeah and Bleep encrypts your messages. How can you forget that?
There is also an option to Delete all your Chats. Which means no record of what you messaged to anyone.
The service is supported on the following platforms:
Download links are provided at the bottom of this article.
Note: When using the Android app make sure you set it to “Wifi Only” mode unless you have unlimited data plans.
To do that, open Settings > Usage > Choose Bleep > Check the ‘Restrict background data’ option > OK.
Bleep has an Incognito Mode (Anonymous messaging).
When you install the Bleep app on your Android, you are asked to setup an account.
You can either Create a new account with your Phone Number or Email Address. But with Bleep you can even create an account using the Incognito mode and use the messaging service anonymously.
When in Incognito mode, you only have to enter a Nickname for your account. But chatting with other people require you to send them an Invite before starting the conversation.
VoIP (Free Calling) with Bleep.
Bleep also has VoIP calling feature which allows you to call your Bleep friends for Free using your data connection (and their too ofcourse). You can only call your Bleep contacts at the moment, there is no way to call their real phone number (which isn’t associated with a Bleep profile).
When I tested this feature, there was a slight delay in the reception. Which I think will be ironed out in further updates.
You can import Google address book contact, invite friends to Bleep via email, SMS, QR code, or a public key.
With the “Add a Friend” in Person option, You can Scan the other person’s QR Code to add them directly. To find your own QR Code just open Settings > Add a Friend in Person option.
1. Fast and Free.
2. Secure – No third party servers involved.
3. Incognito mode.
1. Alpha app has a few bugs.
2. Requires both parties to be online to start a chat or call.
3. Enormous data usage.
Download the Bleep Alpha from following links:
2. Windows & Mac OS.
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