Whatsapp is now free software!
Isn't this what /g/ always wanted?
Still Facebook, still not open source, still doesn't have any proper ephemeral end-to-end encryption with managing your own private and public keys, still no verification of identities, media messages are still sent unencrypted and stored server side.
No, this is not what /g/ always wanted.
Just use Signal. With proper identity verification and ephemeral end-to-end encryption, Google's got nothing on you.
>Google's got nothing on you.
If they wanted to, they could have your metadata. Signal isn't a mixnet, and makes no strong efforts to not be vulnerable to timing attacks. Since it uses Google's push notification service, this means Google, with some effort, can know who is speaking to who, and when. OWS also gets access to your entire contact list as well as your metadata, though at least for now, I trust them with that. They're trying to solve the issues that aren't timing-dependent right now (i.e. an efficient PIR scheme that scales to millions of users), but academia is coming up short for solutions. Idk if they're planning on adding any timing side-channel circumvention.
That said, Signal is still by far the easiest way to get e2e communication.
That's a fair point. However, they still can't access your messages without your private key. I'm still okay with that.
That's also true, sadly I don't trust the alternatives yet that do function in a distributed manner (which is a big plus). Tox has a lot of features, but is still under heavy development. And LibreSignal is still experimental as well and doesn't support VoIP calls yet last I checked. I'll keep an eye out, though.
I certainly wouldn't have gotten my friends to join if it wasn't this easy.
Oh yeah, I totally agree. I wouldn't recommend anything but Signal to anyone (who isn't a total privacy nerd). My point merely was, don't overstate its position. If people get the mistaken impression that Signal protects metadata, and someone relies on that security (e.g. some Chinese dissident or whatever), that would suck.
>“Free software” means software that respects users' freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer”. We sometimes call it “libre software” to show we do not mean it is gratis.
>For many years, we've asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we've grown, we've found that this approach hasn't worked well.
Because you extend the free subscription for another year you retards!
Proprietary. It's supposed to have very good cryptography, but without the source code it's not subject to independent research. This is a red flag in cryptography. Look up Kerckhoffs' Principle or Claude Shannon's Maxim why it's such a big issue.
Or it's used in the workplace to disseminate the schedules or pertinent information to everyone at once. It's also useful to relay information at work when there's too much radio chatter.
>Unix system created by Linus
>Linus + Unix