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New App That Work With Tor Network Encryption Released

Privacy is the one thing that everyone crave for in the world right now, and there are lots of application with encryption and completely safe that is in place for this actual purpose which the user needs.

However, we know about one of the well encrypted network for privacy which is The Onion Router (TOR). Developers have come up with a messaging application that work with this tor network known as Briar.

There are a few applications that have meet this demand by offering end-to-end encryption like the popular messaging WhatsApp but as every avid internet user knows, there is nothing quite like the tor network when it comes to security on the internet.

Briar is a well secured app to use for security awareness. It is the name of this messaging service that has been developed to run over the Tor network. The app is currently available for Android and is in its beta stage today and can be downloaded from the google play store. As with many free to use software, the developers of Briar are in no hurry to give WhatsApp a run for its money so expect a longer development time but a much better end product.

 The Briar team has revealed that they had an independent security audit done on their project by Cure53 and the same organization that has reviewed services such as SecureDrop, Cryptocat, and Dovecot in the past.
Briar messaging app
The security report concluded that Briar for Android provides “an overall good handling of matters linked to security and privacy.”  The code that is behind the encryption or cryptography of the app “was found to be exceptionally clear and sound, with no vulnerabilities spotted,” Cure53  said. On a side note, there were bugs detected during the audit but they are said to have been fixed in the version that has been made available.
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Meanwhile, the Tor network cannot be taken down completely by any agency or government which is one of the major advantages of using the Tor network. And this makes Briar a very good application to be used mostly for journalist, activists and also whistle blowers for whom secrecy is their main priority.

Fortunately on the side of security, Briar uses a peer-to-peer network to relay information rather than central servers. In addition, all messages use forward secrecy and do not contain any meta data. These very things also make it censorship resistant. By default, the app will use the Tor network to communicate but in case the network is not accessible, the app can also work on WiFi or Bluetooth networks.

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One of the developers of the application said:

“Like with many Free Software projects, it will be done when it is done, Briar is built as modular as possible. There are two libraries that can be used to build apps on top of them. We definitely want to do a desktop app.

An IOS app is trickier because IOS is more closed than Android, there are heavier restrictions on background services for example that are required for P2P apps. We are currently collecting issues to address for a second beta release. Our private beta testers were mostly worried about two things: battery usage and the ability to add contacts remotely.”

Torsten Grote

He also noted that the app is designed to be agnostic to the data transport that is used which means that the developers can switch from the Tor network to something else if a better medium emerges in the future.

However, the Tor project, has its own messenger app but that is restricted to Linux, Windows and Mac. Though Briar is a direct competitor to Tor, the developers are said to be on cordial terms.

“Our developers know many of the Tor developers and they know us,We discuss issues like battery usage of Tor on mobile devices and work together to improve that.”

Torsten Grote

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