Privacy

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.

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.

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?

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.

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'?

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.

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?

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 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.

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.

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?

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 …

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.

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.

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.

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.

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