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[liberationtech] New messenger to replace Adium and Pidgin

Kate Krauss katiephr at gmail.com
Thu Oct 29 12:43:58 PDT 2015


Hi all,

Today, Tor is releasing a beta version of Tor Messenger. Compared to
Adium or Pidgin (you can use your jabber address and all your
contacts)--it's pretty easy to use and much safer. It's in beta,
though; here's a technical post about it:
https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-messenger-beta-chat-over-tor-easily
Here are some differences from Adium and Pidgin--

1. It runs everything over Tor (much more secure).

2. It enforces off-the-record messaging encryption rather than just
offering that as an option (as with Pidgin and Adium, etc.).

3. It disables logging of conversations (at least on your end!).

4. Memory safe language! Mostly! Except for libotr and XUL related
stuff. (The developers can explain this.)

5. It's easy to set up. Obvious things are in obvious places. Here's
the link to the Beta web site, which will eventually migrate to
torproject.org: https://arlolra.github.io/tor-messenger-website/

6. Since you have to use it with Tor--if you can use Tor to get to a
blocked service, you can use that blocked service with Tor messenger!
So that's useful for censorship circumvention.


 We're all using it at Tor, and we like it! Give it a shot and let us
know what you think! We have other, different messengers coming down
the pike; hope to release the next one soon.

Downloads:

Windows dist.torproject.org/tormessenger/0.1.0b2/tormessenger-install-0.1.0b2_en-US.exe>
(https://dist.torproject.org/tormessenger/0.1.0b2/tormessenger-install-0.1.0b2_en-US.exe)

OS X dist.torproject.org/tormessenger/0.1.0b2/TorMessenger-0.1.0b2-osx64_en-US.dmg>
(https://dist.torproject.org/tormessenger/0.1.0b2/TorMessenger-0.1.0b2-osx64_en-US.dmg)

Linux (32-bit) dist.torproject.org/tormessenger/0.1.0b2/tor-messenger-linux32-0.1.0b2_en-US.tar.xz>
(https://dist.torproject.org/tormessenger/0.1.0b2/tor-messenger-linux32-0.1.0b2_en-US.tar.xz)

Linux (64-bit) dist.torproject.org/tormessenger/0.1.0b2/tor-messenger-linux64-0.1.0b2_en-US.tar.xz>
(https://dist.torproject.org/tormessenger/0.1.0b2/tor-messenger-linux64-0.1.0b2_en-US.tar.xz)

To try it out, download it and you can try it out with me
(fantastic at jabber.ccc.de - all my handles are ridiculous).

Cheers,

Katie Krauss

for the Tor Project

kate at torproject.org
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