BitTorrent Bleep comes to iOS with new self-destructing messages feature

With ephemeral messaging growing in popularity, and given ongoing fear of government-sponsored snooping, small wonder that BitTorrent has now entered the market for secure chat apps — and in a pretty big way, too.

You may have already heard of Bleep, which has been in testing since last September. But now that it’s available across all major platforms — including iOS, Android, Mac, and PC — you can finally get your hands on it. And there are plenty of reasons why you should check it out.

Bleep’s main focus is on keeping you and your data private. When you sign up for the service, you don’t need to provide any personal information; simply pick a username and you’re good to go. However, if you’d like to, you can submit your email address and phone number to find people you know.

In addition to this, Bleep doesn’t upload any of your data to the cloud.

“In our implementation, we keep messages and the encryption keys for images stored on your local device, not the cloud,” BitTorrent explains. “For messages and metadata, there is no server for hackers to target and because you hold the keys, images can’t be leaked to haunt you later.”

“We’ve solved serverless peer-to-peer messaging, including the ability to get offline friends your messages when they come back online,” the company adds.
Bleep also offers a unique feature called Whisper, which is new to the public release. Whisper let you send things that you don’t want to keep forever; all messages and images you send as Whispers are temporary, and are automatically deleted after they’ve been viewed for 25 seconds.

Bleep highlights:
  • Sign-up with email, mobile number or just go incognito
  • Send and receive online and offline text and images
  • Make and receive voice-calls over cellular data or WiFi to other Bleep users
  • Import your address-book contacts
  • Invite friends over email, SMS or share your public key
  • Messages are sent fully encrypted and stored locally
  • Easily delete your message history
Bleep doesn’t require you to create an account in a traditional sense in order to use the app, as it relies on unique Bleep keys. Simply download Bleep from the App Store, create a nickname, invite your friends if you want and you can start chatting right away.

Here’s how Bleep compares with other messaging apps
Perhaps BitTorrent will find a way around this later on, but for now, it’s a minor downside to an otherwise unique and useful messaging app. We highly recommend you check it out.

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