BITTORRENT has taken the covers off its latest innovation, a secure chat client called Bittorrent Bleep.
The service, which is in a closed alpha release at present, uses the peer to peer technology behind Bittorrent's notorious filesharing protocol. As a result there is no central server managing chats, and therefore it is significantly more difficult to intercept.
The level of privacy can be adjusted, but in all cases Bittorrent is using a decentralised protocol that should be less vulnerable to third party snooping.
In a blog post relating to the alpha release, Bittorrent senior product manager Jaehee Lee explained, "Privacy is, ultimately, the ability to express oneself freely with autonomy and to feel safe doing so.
"To not worry that the wrong friend will see a message that wasn't intended for them."
The defining difference with Bleep will be the level of control over personal information required to be a user. Contact lists can be imported, but they don't have to be. Those signing up can use a phone number, email or be completely anonymous.
Bittorrent gave no timescale for the full rollout of Bleep, but this initial alpha is for Windows users. We can expect to see more operating systems joining that list before Beep is released.
Anyone wishing to try this early iteration of Bleep can request an invitation at the Bittorrent website. µ