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John McAfee and his new company, Future Tense Private Systems (FTC), have released an encrypted chat messaging app for mobile users. The app is named 'Chadder' and it is now available on Android and Windows Phone, with an iOS version due in the coming weeks. The app is meant to address the growing concerns of mobile users who worry about government eavesdropping, especially after the Edward Snowden leaks in the news.

Chadder is a simple app, currently described as 'early beta'. That means users shouldn't expect a robust or feature complete experience, but at least the core of the service is supposedly up and running. The app encrypts messages with only odd characters coming through if someone were to intercept the communications.

When launching the app, users can either sign in or sign up. The process is simple, with only a user name, name and password required. More detailed information can optionally be added via the Settings so that other users can find you to add to their buddy list. You can see more about the service in their demo video, which explains the service. So far though, we have been unsuccessful in finding friends and using Chadder to test for this article.

It's not too clear yet just how secure Chadder is when compared to other services, though we suppose some white papers on the subject will be coming forward in the weeks ahead. The other question is just how many updates will it take before Chadder is on a level playing ground when compared to more robust services like Viber, WhatsApp and Line.

Users on Windows Phone can find the app here in their Store, while those on Android can find their version here on Google Play. Now word on an ETA for the iPhone version, though Apple fans should expect it "in the coming weeks". More can be learned by heading to the official Chadder site.

Source: TNW; Thanks, Dries De S., for the tip

 
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Mptrh336 says:

I would worry more about what John McAfee did with that information than the government...

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havesomejoe says:

Yeah...isn't this MORE dangerous than plain messengers?

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Clak says:

You should all check out DCentral 1 as well. It shows what permissions your installed apps have. McAfee may be a little...strange, but a lot of what he's saying makes sense.

mzanette says:

John McAfee, wasn't he arrested or something on murder charges?

mwara244 says:

In Belize, then he fled to Mexico to the US for killing his neighbor, then the media stopped covering it.

CoffeeFrames says:

Did you just call WhatsApp robust?

DWR_31 says:

I trust him more than I trust the government!

Jonneh says:

I really like LINE a lot...hmm.

I know John's recent crazy exploits are comical, and make a funny story, but a non-open source "solution" like this makes the credibility of it being secure highly suspect.
I'd use text secure for a true solution to secure messaging. As far as the other app DCentral1 mentioned in the comments, xprivacy has much more granular and effective privacy controls. The xposed framework has made permissions tracking, and blocking, as well as a myriad of other things possible without custom privacy centered ROM. If you have not rooted your phone to use other app, or ROM already, xposed framework and xprivacy should be reason enough.

Lexi Sprague says:

Hey everyone, just so you are all well informed the company building and running Chadder is called Etransfr. It is run by college students at Rochester Institute of Technology. McAfee is a mentor on the project. As far as open source we are working on a version we are going to open source hopefully in the next few weeks. If you would like the Chadder blog is a great source of official information about the project.