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This article was published on October 29, 2015


Chatting over Tor just got a whole lot easier

Chatting over Tor just got a whole lot easier
Lauren Hockenson
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Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. She also has a folder full of dog GIFs and uses them liberally on Twitter at @lhockenson.

If you’re concerned about where and how your data travels on the Internet, then you might be interested in the new beta messenger app that Tor released today.

Based on the Mozilla community-developed Instant Bird, Tor Messenger supports plenty of chat clients: Google Talk, Facebook, Twitter, and IRC, among others. The app also promises to promote off-the-record messaging automatically, and to obfuscate chat metadata.

Tor Messenger builds on the networks you are familiar with, so that you can continue communicating in a way your contacts are willing and able to do. This has traditionally been in a client-server model, meaning that your metadata (specifically the relationships between contacts) can be logged by the server. However, your route to the server will be hidden because you are communicating over Tor.

The client is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Now, the company says its will be fixing bugs and releasing updates in step with Mozilla’s Extended Support Release (ESR) cycle. Similarly, the chat client should work well with Tor’s private browser.

Depending on how you feel about Tor — and its ability to truly keep your actions private — this could be a good tool for those unwilling to give up on popular chat clients but still want safety.

Tor Messenger Beta: Chat over Tor, Easily [Tor]