Messenger and WhatsApp are known for aggregating user data and selling it for profit to advertisers. This company brings an encrypted messenger to protect the data.
Oxen is a privacy-focused platform built on top of a proof-of-stake (PoS) network. It has also built a secure and anonymous messaging platform Session.
OXEN is a private, stakeable cryptocurrency. The Oxen token (OXEN) has brought a lot of innovation to the CryptoNote space (CN), including instant transactions and a large-scale PoS system. However, the real magic is the service node network. It’s powering a whole range of decentralized privacy applications — all incentivized by OXEN.
So far, our shining star is Session.
Session is an encrypted messenger that takes an uncompromising stance on preserving user privacy. No phone numbers, email addresses, or any identifying information are needed to sign up for Session. The messenger lets people benefit from the best bits of block chain without needing to run a node, hold any cryptocurrency, or even being familiar with what block chain is. Because of that, it’s already getting mainstream adoption, and Session currently has over 200,000 active users. The app is available for free on iOS, Android, Mac, Windows and Linux.
What’s wrong with messaging giants like Messenger and WhatsApp?
Messenger and WhatsApp are both owned by Facebook, a company known for aggregating user data to be sold for profit to advertising companies at the expense of the end user’s privacy, putting very little energy into maximizing privacy and security for users.
So here’s what we know about Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp:
- They are both owned by Facebook
- They are closed source
- They have “end-to-end encryption”
- Their servers are centralized
- They do not provide metadata protection
WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are the most popular messaging applications in the world, which technically means that encrypted messaging applications are the most popular form of communication. However, there is uncertainty about WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption implementation because their closed source code makes it impossible to verify the quality of their encryption.
In addition to this, the centralized servers used by WhatsApp give them a central point of failure. Apps like Session that are built on a decentralized network can be more resilient to attacks and have less downtime.