John McAfee, antivirus software pioneer has launched a new privacy-focussed smartphone messaging app dubbed Chadder that promises highest degree of security and privacy.
The application is a result of a joint-venture between McAfee's Future Tense Private Systems (FTC) and a startup called Etransfr. Chadder is targeting the tap-happy youth by offering to keep the messages safe from prying eyes by encrypting the messages sent and received on the device and only decrypting it when it arrives on the phone of the intended recipient. This is the app that McAfee hinted about previously in which he promised to build a secure messaging app that would be able to counter the NSA’s surveillance by making it extremely secure.
The Chadder app works by encrypting the message on the user’s which only the recipient can read. The encrypted message first goes into the company’s servers and then delivered to the recipient who has the key to decrypt the message. Any message that is sent through Chadder is encrypted. No one has the key unlock the message except the person receiving the text, making that conversation private and secure.
Signing up will require a nickname, username and a password. Users can add their email id and contact number for people to find them, but even otherwise the user will generate a code to share in order to link up with their contacts.
“Chadder is a fun and easy to use messaging app that happens to keep your communications private. So private that we can’t see it ourselves,” McAfee said.
Currently the app is available as a free download on Google Play and Windows Phone Store. The iOS version is currently under development and will be available in the following weeks, the company said.
In practice, the app is still a beta version, which means not all the features are working properly at the moment with a number of mixed reviews from users on the Google Play app store, with some complaining of several issues with the software and its lack of features, however it does have an overall review rating of 4.1 out of 5.
In addition to Chadder, FTC has another app inside the Google Play store called DCentral1 which scans the software on the users mobile and reports on which permissions each app has been granted. Even this is not currently available for iOS, even though the company intends to have it on the Apple App Store eventually.