Security

BitTorrent’s new chat app ‘Bleep’ could be a boon for confidential conversations

Image Credit: BitTorrent

BitTorrent (the company, not the popular P2P file transfer protocol) launched a new messaging app today that offers a greater degree of privacy than other popular chat services.

The app, called Bleep, is based on the “principles of BitTorrent technology,” which means it can connect people directly without using centralized servers, according to the company. The app can be used for both voice or text-based conversations. It’s still in the early testing phase, but BitTorrent is inviting others to help them test the alpha version of Bleep to eliminate bugs and refine features.

“Ultimately, this is a chance to help us build an effective and fun tool for a broad array of use cases: from journalists looking to protect their sources to friends looking to chat free from nosy eavesdroppers,” or diplomats engaging in sensitive discussions, the company said in a statement.

Bleep is currently only available for those using Windows 7 and Windows 8, but the BitTorrent team did say support for other platforms would be coming eventually.

The move to launch a chat application seems a bit odd coming from an organization to typically associate with moving around media files, but after hearing BitTorrent’s explanation, we are intrigued, at least. Also, there’s currently lots of activity surrounding secure chat applications — both in general and for mobile devices. Some recent examples would include Secret, Wickr, and YikYak, to name a few.

21 comments
Robert Steele
Robert Steele

Are you guys paid to say that BitTorrent is unfairly associated with piracy? All other predecessor p2p companies were sued and shut down. If Accel Partners BitTorrent wasn't blatant pirate tech they would have a feature for blocking illegal hashes on BTTracker. All legitimate file sharing services have such features.

David Blau
David Blau

you guys are better than TechCrunch, at least at the moment

Airusiam Ramukla
Airusiam Ramukla

and even then its not safe because of lip readers. so u would probably have to talk with your mouths covered

David O'Brien
David O'Brien

The safest way to have a private chat is to ask someone to meet you somewhere and talk...

Jilles Van Gurp
Jilles Van Gurp

Too many messaging platforms, most of them non standardized an even if standardized, non federated (so you cant chat with users on competing platforms). That's why email continues to be popular. If it is not standardized and oss, it does not solve the underlying problem. I've used chat clients since the late nineties; there's no real innovation in this space just a load of overvalued proprietary bullshit startup solutions. I currently am on half a dozen networks that are unable to federate and continue to fragment my social network. Email sucks but does not have that problem.

Matthew E. Fowle
Matthew E. Fowle

Bittorrent used to be about protocols and specifications. Now these whorebags are about selling the name bittorrent to promote private software. Fuck off and die, traitorous useless scumsuckers!

Social Media Chica
Social Media Chica

They were actually the first torrent app - so it's a case where the name was commoditized, not the other way around

Kevin Mullett
Kevin Mullett

Great, it will probably land people on "the list" from the NSA like simply using TOR does.

Miles Solomon
Miles Solomon

would love to know how they trademarked a name like bittorrent

sarah mat
sarah mat

Because they invented BitTorrent?