Sunday, September 28, 2014

BitTorrent Releases Secure Messaging Software

According to Windows online support blogs, the test version of BitTorrent Bleep has been launched by the company. The advantage of this software is that it allows users to send messages and make calls without the help of a central server. This system makes use of a special technique where a user is found out with the help of other user groups. Another advantage is that there will be no records of the calls made or messages sent. The new software is designed for the National Security Agency.

Windows online support blogs say that with the software, the communication takes place only between two computers and as mentioned above, no server comes into play. This peer-to-peer technique will help the agency to avoid surveillance of the calls. BitTorrent will make the software available only through invitations and since it is in the testing phase, many modifications are expected. One of the disadvantages of the software is that for now, the software would work only on Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs. However, the company says, it would soon release the version for other platforms.

The new software is an example of BitTorrent’s efforts in developing applications aimed at distributed computing technology. The company had launched BitTorrent Sync last year and it was aimed to replace the cloud-based programs. With the new messaging and online calling service, the company aims to safeguard the privacy of the users. In case of cloud based servers, there are some major threats to the data. One such issue associated with this is that the electronic signals are handled using central servers. With this, the metadata goes through these central servers. This data can be monitored and intercepted, which affects the data security.

The new BitTorrent Bleep will help you to speak and chat freely without the fear of data being intercepted by unknown sources. The project was announced in 2013 and is ready within a year. Once the testing with the alpha version is over, the company would soon make necessary changes to the software and release it for the public. As of now, users may go to the BitTorrent blog and click the button ‘Request A Bleep Invite’. This will take you to the BitTorrent labs website, where you will find the link to download the alpha version of the program. Simply click it to download the setup file. Install it and start exploring new ways of secure communication.

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