Protection over comfort?
Let me guess what you’re gonna say: “Another messaging app?!”. And, yes, Zendo is the new texting app on the block. Despite the occupied niche, referring to WhatsApp’s billion users, the market has not yet found a universal way of protecting data.
In exchange for getting free service, we let FB, Google and others find out everything about us: what we like, who we are friends with, what we want to buy. Our personal data is the ultimate resource for large companies.
This ideology is watered down by ideas from certain black sheep, who are active supporters of data confidentiality. This is how secure messaging apps and search engines are born. In fact, this is Snowden’s and Assange’s story, who hate Big Brother.
Unfortunately, for the moment we have to choose between comfort and security. Well, some people, encryption experts, will ridicule what we call security
Zendo is a hush-hush texting app that will make you meet up with your friends.
How is Zendo’s ‘protection’ different from that of similar applications? First of all, you’ll have to meet with your friends in person to exchange the encryption keys.
The competition’s problem and vulnerability are caused by the middleman – the server. In Zendo you have to give the keys to each other personally, via your device’s camera.
Here’s a step-by-step guide:
- Meet in person.
- Tap ‘Show’ and ‘Scan’ on your device’s screen.
- Scan the QR code on your friend’s device.
- Complete the secure key exchange.
Everything else about Zendo spells classic messaging app: it’s free, you can share photos, emojis/stickers.
The developers claim that the messaging service will remain free and that they are planning to make profits via additional paid features.