Session Release Roundup #16: Trio of Changes

Session Release Roundup #16: Trio of Changes

October 18, 2022 / Kee Jefferys

We’re changing the names of open groups and closed groups to Communities and Groups respectively. And you can now dress Session up in custom themes!

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Update: Important Changes to Session

Update: Important Changes to Session

October 05, 2022 / Alex Linton

Some menus in Session will change in an update over the next few days. These changes are cosmetic. The underlying functionality of Session is not changing. 

Upgrading open groups: Bringing back DMs from open groups

September 12, 2022 / Kee Jefferys

If you’re operating a Session Open Group Server (SOGS) — there are some changes coming your way!

Target acquired: The increasing threat of targeted cyber-attacks

September 11, 2022 / Alex Linton

Data gets leaks are giving malicious attackers more chances to perform highly sophisticated, targeted attacks. 

Session Release Roundup #15: 👍😈🔥

Session Release Roundup #15: 👍😈🔥

September 05, 2022 / Harris

Welcome to Session Release Roundup #15! This Release Roundup includes emoji reacts, the re-introduction of DMing people from open groups, and iOS performance upgrades.

Sim Swapping attacks: How to protect yourself from this common phone scam

September 05, 2022 / Wesley Sukh

SIM Swapping: it's a pretty scary form of hacking that even managed to catch the CEO of Twitter off guard. This article tackles the best way to avoid phishing attacks, the risk and reward of 2FA (two-factor-authentication) and tips on protecting your phone number.

Avoiding malicious hackers: How to reduce your personal attack surface

September 01, 2022 / Alex Linton

Are you doing enough to protect yourself from hacks? There's one sure-fire way to figure that out: attack surface. 

Creating multilateral privacy solutions: Is the GDPR actually helping?

August 24, 2022 / Alex Linton

Every tech company and their intern has tried to argue that they can (and will) 'solve' the privacy problem — but tech alone is not the answer.

Physical privacy defenders: Learning from these awesome low-tech privacy tools

August 19, 2022 / Alex Linton

While our privacy is often invaded in the digital world, but in the physical world privacy is something that we inherently recognise and respect.

Surveillance tech: How it stalked its way into our lives

August 15, 2022 / Wesley Sukh

In a world that strives for digital privacy, surveillance capitalism has ultimately tricked us into inviting spyware and data-mining tech into our daily lives.

Interview with CoverDrop author Dan

August 07, 2022 / Kee Jefferys

At PETS, Kee sat down with Dan, one of the authors of the CoverDrop paper which proposes a secure method for initial contact between journalists and sources or whistleblowers.

Interview with researcher Mariano Di Martino

August 03, 2022 / Kee Jefferys

Kee sat down with Mariano at the Privacy Enhancing Technology Symposium to discuss his paper on the security practices of companies which hold personal data covered by the GDPR.

Interview with Moby author Amogh Pradeep

August 01, 2022 / Kee Jefferys

Kee sat down with Amogh Pradeep at the Privacy Enhancing Technology Symposium to have a chat about Moby

Once upon a time, in an encrypted messaging app...

July 06, 2022 / Alex Linton

Settle in for a real life Session love story. We asked you to share how you use Session to chat with your special someone — and this was our favourite story.

How to find true love on Session

June 30, 2022 / Wesley Sukh

Privacy matters to all relationships — especially when we communicate digitally. How you and your partner message, sext or chat is just be between you.

Anonymity and online dating

June 26, 2022 / Alex Linton

Anonymity and dating might not seem like a match made in heaven — you're probably gonna want to know who you're dating, after all. But it all comes down to safety.

Familiar faces: Has facial recognition tech gone too far?

June 14, 2022 / Wesley Sukh

As essential services continue to adopt facial recognition tech, concerns are being raised over whether it will enable surveillance.

Session ID vs phone numbers

June 07, 2022 / Alex Linton

Session IDs are instant, secure, portable, and anonymous — making them the perfect alternative to phone numbers for a private messaging app.

Human rights in the digital age: Why you should join us at RightsCon

June 01, 2022 / Wesley Sukh

Ever attended RightsCon before? It's free to register; register now and engage with some of the brightest minds in digital rights.

The cost of Musk's war on spam

May 26, 2022 / Wesley Sukh

Will Musk's plans to rid twitter of spam ultimately lead to the death of the platform's pseudonymous identities?

Behind the scenes: Session network and client update

Behind the scenes: Session network and client update

May 18, 2022 / Kee Jefferys

It is important for all users to update to the newest Session client to make sure that you are ready for the upcoming network upgrades.

Holistic privacy: How to remove the target on encryption's back

May 12, 2022 / Alex Linton

Encryption! It's the best tool we have to protect people's security and privacy. But the focus on encryption also makes it a big target for regulators.

What happens if Twitter gets encrypted DMs?

May 06, 2022 / Alex Linton

Ah, encryption. The lifeblood of cybersecurity. Elon Musk recently suggested adding encryption to Twitter DMs. But would that really make Twitter DMs private?

Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy: Calls beta release

April 25, 2022 / Alex Linton

Session voice and video calls are now in beta. Now, absolutely anyone can try out peer-to-peer calls in their favourite messaging app — Session!

Does Musk buying Twitter open conversation for decentralised social media?

April 21, 2022 / Wesley Sukh

With Elon Musk is trying to purchase Twitter, read our deep dive into why that might be a bad idea and why we should embrace decentralised models instead.

Just the two of us: Why you should care about private calls

April 14, 2022 / Wesley Sukh

Our calls beta will be arriving in just a few more sleeps. Whilst hotly anticipated, some of you might be wondering: why are private calls such a big deal?

Bigger, better, stronger: Everything you need to know about our decentralised network

April 04, 2022 / Alex Linton

One of the most unique and important parts of Session is that it is decentralised. Let's take a closer look at Session's network — how it works, how big it is, and what it means for you.

Session Release Roundup #14: Who gave you this Session ID?

Session Release Roundup #14: Who gave you this Session ID?

March 30, 2022 / Harris

Welcome to Session Release Roundup #14! This Release Roundup includes message requests, global search, and some bangin' performance improvements.

Decentralised activism: Building tech infrastructure for action

March 29, 2022 / Alex Linton

Power to the people. Power to the people. Power to the people. Here's how decentralised technology can help empower activists around the world.

Intentional communities in digital spaces: What side of TikTok are you on?

March 21, 2022 / Alex Linton

Algorithms are the great manipulators of the modern age. What makes you laugh, or cry? So what's it mean to be on a 'side of TikTok'?

Message requests release: Knock, knock. Who’s there?

February 22, 2022 / Alex Linton

Introducing: Message requests. From now on, messages you receive from unknown users or contacts will now be filtered into a message requests folder. 

Opt-in market research program: Help us make Session the best it can be

February 20, 2022 / Alex Linton

Our ethos is that we want to treat Session users like people, not a stack of data to be used and abused — and we want to have some open conversations with real Session users.

Global search release: Finding a needle in a message-stack

February 06, 2022 / Alex Linton

Global search is Session's newest feature! Search functionality is a big addition — especially if you have thousands of messages to sift through.

I need a new identity: Social media and the identity ecosystem

February 02, 2022 / Alex Linton

These days you can login or create an account on pretty much any website using your Facebook, Google, or Apple account — but this is a disaster for online anonymity.

How to strip metadata from your files

January 06, 2022 / Alex Linton

To share a file without sharing the metadata as well—to preserve your privacy or anonymity— you’ll need to strip the file’s metadata.

Disposing of Big Tech: Building better algorithms (Part Two)

January 04, 2022 / Alex Linton

Why would we regulate algorithms? How would we do it? And, what will the effects actually be? These are some of the most important questions in tech right now.

2021 retrospective: Messaging, calling, and communicating

December 28, 2021 / Alex Linton

As 2021 comes to a close, there is no better time to look back at what happened in the messaging space — it’s been a big year after all.

Disposing of Big Tech: Free speech is not disposable (Part One)

December 22, 2021 / Alex Linton

How do we stifle the spread of hate and misinformation on social media? Is the answer content moderation? Or are algorithms to blame?

Calls on Session: How to opt-in

December 20, 2021 / Alex Linton

We know there’s one important item on every Session user’s wishlist this holiday season, and that’s exactly what we’ve got — voice and video calls (sort of). 

No caller ID: Calls on Session

December 06, 2021 / Alex Linton

Voice and video calls have been Session’s most requested feature ever since we launched. Here's what to expect now that voice calls are released on Session.

Livin’ on the land of Big Tech: The gentrification of the internet

November 28, 2021 / Alex Linton

Do you believe in technology? In the world wide web of mega-corporations, rent goes up while innovation goes down.

The Matrix vs. The Metaverse

November 09, 2021 / Alex Linton

When Mark Zuckerberg introduced Facebook’s new brand—Meta—in an hour-long Connect 2021 presentation, I (along with others no doubt) had a nagging thought throughout: is this what our matrix looks like?

The anonymity argument: Debunking the real name fallacy

November 02, 2021 / Alex Linton

The internet gave us mass-scale pseudonymous connection and communication. But is this way of interacting was really healthy, productive or…human?

Flip the switch: Global Encryption Day 2021

October 21, 2021 / Alex Linton

This Global Encryption Day, the cybersecurity community is calling for people to #MakeTheSwitch to end-to-end encryption. The OPTF is proud to join the call and stand in support of encryption.

Session stories: Why do you use Session?

October 05, 2021 / Alex Linton

This year, ‘Send it to me on Session’ has become a part of my everyday language. If you’re in the same boat, we want to hear from you!

Session Release Roundup #13: It’s all about the UX

Session Release Roundup #13: It’s all about the UX

September 16, 2021 / Harris

Welcome to Session Release Roundup #13! This Release Roundup includes closed group improvements, a new look Android conversation screen, ONS resolution and more!

Why are phone numbers a privacy problem?

September 13, 2021 / Alex Linton

Phone numbers are not private. Using your phone number can put your privacy at risk. If you’ve spent much time around the privacy movement, you’ve probably heard countless people lament the privacy shortcomings of phone numbers.

On the recent Australian surveillance legislation

September 08, 2021 / Alex Linton

Regulators are increasingly acting with open hostility towards encryption, security, and privacy. The latest chapter in this sorry story took place in our own backyard when Australia’s government passed a new bill granting increased surveillance capacities.

Session has features like automatically deleting messages and message time to live. Self-destructing messages help preserve your privacy when you're messaging.

Deleting messages and time-to-live: This message will self-destruct in…

September 06, 2021 / Alex Linton

Digital conversations are fundamentally different to real-world conversations. When you have a conversation over text, you’re creating a record. The record you create will persist long into the future, and it can quickly paint a high fidelity picture about your life.

Contact discovery: Finding friends without foes

August 08, 2021 / Alex Linton

Messaging platforms are useless if there’s nobody to read your message. But some apps sacrifice privacy to make it easier to find your friends.

Communication Cooperative: A messaging app that can't sell out

Communication Cooperative: A messaging app that can't sell out

July 25, 2021 / Alex Linton

We designed Session from the ground up to be run by the people, for the people. Session is one of the world’s first messaging apps run like a co-op.

Privacy propaganda: The war on encryption

Privacy propaganda: The war on encryption

June 23, 2021 / Alex Linton

Encryption is vital to defending digital privacy, but it’s being painted as the villain of the tech world. Push back against the anti-encryption agenda.

Privacy washing: Creating a clean image for dirty tech

Privacy washing: Creating a clean image for dirty tech

June 11, 2021 / Alex Linton

Companies are using the push for privacy to market their tech whether it’s private or not.

Session on scale: Open group extravaganza

Session on scale: Open group extravaganza

May 21, 2021 / Alex Linton

Introducing the superpowered open groups 2.0 — a complete overhaul of the way open groups work.

Session Release Roundup #12: Open Groups Overhaul

Session Release Roundup #12: Open Groups Overhaul

May 14, 2021 / admin

Welcome to Session Release Roundup #12! This Release Roundup includes brand new open groups, closed group improvements, and bug fixes!

WhatsApp privacy policy teardown: This is where it ends

WhatsApp privacy policy teardown: This is where it ends

May 07, 2021 / Alex Linton

Accepting the new WhatsApp privacy policy by May 15 is mandatory. Here’s everything you need to know, and why you should leave WhatsApp now.

Session code audit: Technical report published by Quarkslab

Session code audit: Technical report published by Quarkslab

April 29, 2021 / admin

A Session code audit for the Android, iOS, and Desktop versions of Session been completed by the cybersecurity research company Quarkslab.

End-to-end encryption: Secure messengers and messaging

End-to-end encryption: Secure messengers and messaging

April 26, 2021 / Alex Linton

End-to-end encryption is the most private and secure way to communicate online. End-to-end encryption (E2EE) is offered in most modern messaging apps, but how does it work?

Your adversary: Who’s a hacker, anyway?

Your adversary: Who’s a hacker, anyway?

April 20, 2021 / Alex Linton

A fundamental concept underpinning the field of cybersecurity is adversaries. Adversaries are any two parties who have opposing interests.

The crypto craze: Implementing cryptocurrency into a messenger

The crypto craze: Implementing cryptocurrency into a messenger

April 08, 2021 / Alex Linton

Cryptocurrencies are in the headlines again lately. Everyone who’s anyone is talking about them, trading them, and…putting crypto into their messenger?

Trust on first use: The Achilles heel of centralised messengers

Trust on first use: The Achilles heel of centralised messengers

April 07, 2021 / Kee Jefferys

When you first send a message on a new app, you’re trusting that service to send your message to the right person without compromising its integrity or privacy. How can we remove that trust?

Ground Safe: Putting secure tech in the hands of democracy’s defenders

Ground Safe: Putting secure tech in the hands of democracy’s defenders

March 19, 2021 / admin

A groundbreaking new report sheds light on ways for secure communications tech to evolve so it can better protect people working to defend our human rights.

Session Release Roundup #11: Return of the Multi-Device

Session Release Roundup #11: Return of the Multi-Device

March 04, 2021 / admin

Welcome to Session Release Roundup #11! This Release Roundup includes multi-device, a brand new conversation screen for iOS, and some bug fixes!

Multidevice beta: How you can use it — and help improve it

Multidevice beta: How you can use it — and help improve it

February 15, 2021 / admin

A while back, we pulled multidevice support back into the workshop with the aim of implementing a more effective version in future, promising it would return someday. Well, today is that day, and the future is now. Multidevice is rolling out in early beta right now to an App Store or Play Store near you! …

Data, data, data: Session user analytics and anonymity

Data, data, data: Session user analytics and anonymity

February 09, 2021 / Alex Linton

Session has been seeing massive user growth recently, with tens of thousands of active users in dozens of countries around the world. But hold on a minute — Session is also completely anonymous, with no phone numbers or other identifiers. So how do we know how many users we have, or where they are? Mobile …

Session Release Roundup #10: Mega edition

Session Release Roundup #10: Mega edition

January 28, 2021 / admin

Closed groups grow to 100! Plus: Protocol changes, performance improvements, and more Hello, it’s me, haven’t seen you in a while. It’s been a few months since we last piped up, but don’t worry — we’ve been hard at work tippy-tapping away, writing, wrangling, and working on brand new code to build a bright future …

How to help us translate Session into new languages quickly and easily

How to help us translate Session into new languages quickly and easily

December 28, 2020 / admin

We want to make Session available in as many languages as possible. If you speak a language which Session isn’t yet available in, here’s how you can help!

The Session Protocol: What’s changing — and why

The Session Protocol: What’s changing — and why

December 15, 2020 / Kee Jefferys

Session is moving to a purpose-built new encryption protocol: the Session Protocol. Read all about why we’re making the move, and what it means for users.

Session Protocol: Technical implementation details

Session Protocol: Technical implementation details

December 14, 2020 / Kee Jefferys

Read up on the technical information behind the new Session Protocol, and our plans for rolling it out.

The Session Protocol: A new standard for decentralised private messaging

The Session Protocol: A new standard for decentralised private messaging

December 13, 2020 / Kee Jefferys

It’s time for a new encryption protocol built from the ground up for decentralised secure messaging. Introducing the Session Protocol.

Privacy on trial: How encryption laws and backdoors threaten us all

Privacy on trial: How encryption laws and backdoors threaten us all

December 04, 2020 / Alex Linton

Leaders around the world are advocating for anti-encryption and backdoor laws. Here's why it's never okay to compromise E2EE.

Session Release Roundup #9: Closed groups grow up! Plan a party, message your squad, or nail down that next office meeting

Session Release Roundup #9: Closed groups grow up! Plan a party, message your squad, or nail down that next office meeting

October 08, 2020 / admin

Welcome to Session Release Roundup #9! This Release Roundup includes a bigger closed groups, along with some major fixes to push notifications.

Session Release Roundup #8: Light mode arrives — and much, much more

Session Release Roundup #8: Light mode arrives — and much, much more

September 04, 2020 / admin

Welcome to Session Release Roundup #8! This Release Roundup includes a bold new look for Session’s UI, along with some major fixes and improvements.

Session Release Roundup #7: Translations, notifications, and more!

Session Release Roundup #7: Translations, notifications, and more!

August 03, 2020 / admin

Welcome to Session Release Roundup #7! This round of releases includes some pretty big changes and some exciting additions — read all the latest now!

The future of Session’s multi-device support

The future of Session’s multi-device support

August 03, 2020 / admin

Session’s multi-device support is being taken back into the shop for some love and attention. Read up on why, when, and what’s next for multi-device.

Session Release Roundup #6: The moment you’ve all been waiting for… Desktop overhaul!

Session Release Roundup #6: The moment you’ve all been waiting for… Desktop overhaul!

July 17, 2020 / admin

How many refactors does it take to overhaul the entire Session code base? Well, 3 — one for iOS, one for Android… and now, one for Desktop. That’s right — the Desktop client refactor is DONE! You can download it right now! Although this might seem like ‘just another refactor’, it will actually bring huge …

Session Release Roundup #5: Staying mobile

Session Release Roundup #5: Staying mobile

June 26, 2020 / admin

Welcome to Session Release Roundup #5! Highlights include mobile updates to prepare for the desktop refactor, and some serious speed and reliability gains.

Session for beginners: Your Session starts here

Session for beginners: Your Session starts here

June 19, 2020 / Alex Linton

There have been a lot of reasons for people to suddenly take an interest in private messengers recently. Previously, encrypted messengers were mostly used by tech aficionados — and it shows in the way these apps are designed. But now private messengers are becoming more and more popular. Let’s go through some of the basics …

Android trackers and permissions: Did I say you could do that?

Android trackers and permissions: Did I say you could do that?

June 15, 2020 / Alex Linton

As netizens have become more and more tech-literate over the years, lots of people have developed their own list of ‘scam app’ red flags to look out for. This might be things as simple as poor reviews, poorly written app descriptions, or things just looking plain dodgy. Most people have been around the internet rodeo …

Cost of admission: What info do you give away when signing up for a new private messenger?

Cost of admission: What info do you give away when signing up for a new private messenger?

June 11, 2020 / Alex Linton

Signing up is a critical moment whenever you start using a new service, and sometimes it can feel like signing a deal with the devil — how much are you sacrificing to start sending messages securely? And when you’re making an account on a (supposedly) private messenger, it can feel like this is all defeating …

Session Release Roundup #4: Spreading the love

Session Release Roundup #4: Spreading the love

June 04, 2020 / admin

Welcome to Session Release Roundup #4! Highlights include 3-hop onion requests on all platforms for improved anonymity, and Session en español for Android!

Session Release Roundup #3: Filling the Android void

Session Release Roundup #3: Filling the Android void

May 27, 2020 / admin

Welcome to Session Release Roundup #3! Highlights include some massive improvements to Session on Android as a result of a major code refactor.

Session Release Roundup #2: Fresh apples!

Session Release Roundup #2: Fresh apples!

May 11, 2020 / admin

Welcome to Session Release Roundup #2! Highlights include a huge round of bugfixes and improvements on iOS, and news about Spanish localisation!

Session Release Roundup #1: You’ve got mail!

Session Release Roundup #1: You’ve got mail!

April 23, 2020 / admin

Welcome to the first ever Session release roundup! In these posts, we’re going to talk about all of the newest fixes, features, and future plans for Session. Every time there’s a major Session release, we’ll put out one of these — and an accompanying email newsletter — so you can see what’s changed, and what …

Verifying software downloads on Linux, Windows, and macOS

Verifying software downloads on Linux, Windows, and macOS

April 09, 2020 / admin

Don’t care what’s behind the scenes? Skip straight to software verification tutorials for macOS, Linux, and Windows. Back in the day, software used to arrive in the form of floppy discs, MiniDiscs, and CD-ROMs. But now, it’s all about the download. Everything is downloaded: the apps you use to keep in touch with your family, …

Dev Diary: The rise and fall of the zombie swarm

Dev Diary: The rise and fall of the zombie swarm

March 24, 2020 / Alex Linton

Building a decentralised messenger can cause some headaches — read all about how our devs problem solved their way through message storage for Session.

Sybil disobedience: How Session protects your anonymity using blockchain and crypto tech

Sybil disobedience: How Session protects your anonymity using blockchain and crypto tech

February 26, 2020 / Alex Linton

Session bucks the trend of blockchain vaporware with a real, usable product built on blockchain. Learn how blockchain and crypto power Session’s backend.

Community spirit: How to contribute to Session’s development

Community spirit: How to contribute to Session’s development

February 16, 2020 / admin

Session is open-source, and open-source software means community collaboration. Read about all the ways you can contribute to Session’s development.

What is metadata? Four syllables — zero privacy

What is metadata? Four syllables — zero privacy

February 10, 2020 / Alex Linton

Metadata is the biggest privacy risk you’ve never heard of. Learn what metadata is — and how to minimise your online footprint.

Onion requests: Session’s new message routing solution

Onion requests: Session’s new message routing solution

January 30, 2020 / Alex Linton

Shortly after launch, Session will be moving to a new onion routing system called onion requests. Read up on the tech, and the reasons behind the change.

Anonymity 101: Day-to-day ways to stay anonymous online

Anonymity 101: Day-to-day ways to stay anonymous online

January 23, 2020 / admin

The little things really do add up when it comes to online privacy. Check out 9 steps you can take to keep yourself, and your data, safe online.

Dev Diary: Creating a decentralised friend request system

Dev Diary: Creating a decentralised friend request system

January 16, 2020 / admin

Session is designed to be privacy first — decentralised servers, no phone numbers, the whole lot — but that creates some problems. Here’s how we solved one of them — friend requests.

Confirming identities online

Confirming identities online

January 10, 2020 / admin

Staying private online is important for everyone — but for some, it can be crucial. Learn how to confirm who you’re talking to while staying anonymous.

How to make an anonymous tip — and stay safe

How to make an anonymous tip — and stay safe

January 06, 2020 / Alex Linton

Staying safe is the number one priority if you’re a whistleblower. Learn how to tip off journalists while keeping yourself safe.

Session and Australia’s Laws to Circumvent Secure Communications

Session and Australia’s Laws to Circumvent Secure Communications

January 02, 2020 / admin

Governments around the world are seeking backdoors to access encrypted communications. We have kept a close eye on the evolving laws that aim to do this.

Freelance and independent journalism: How do you stay safe?

Freelance and independent journalism: How do you stay safe?

December 31, 2019 / Alex Linton

Independent journalists often search for and publish things someone wants kept quiet. That's what journalism is for — but it's important for journalists to stay safe and secure.

Onion routing: Private messaging’s missing link

Onion routing: Private messaging’s missing link

December 26, 2019 / Alex Linton

End-to-end encrypted messaging apps are popping up left and right, but finding the most private and the most secure can feel like a game of Whack-a-Mole.

Centralisation vs decentralisation in private messaging

Centralisation vs decentralisation in private messaging

December 22, 2019 / Alex Linton

Many private messaging apps have a critical flaw: centralisation. Learn why decentralisation is the future of secure private messaging.

What can someone do with your phone number?

What can someone do with your phone number?

December 17, 2019 / Alex Linton

Phone numbers are tied to our online identities: we use them as logins and to secure our accounts with SMS two-factor verification. But how secure are they?

Private messaging apps: Who needs a secure messenger — and why?

Private messaging apps: Who needs a secure messenger — and why?

December 14, 2019 / Alex Linton

Private messaging is a great way to protect your right to privacy online. But for some, private messaging isn’t just nice to have — it’s a necessity.

Join the movement to keep the internet private!

Chat with like-minded individuals in the Session Open Group Channel.

Friends don’t let friends use compromised messengers.

Sign up to the mailing list and start taking action!