About this project
SafeChat is a brilliantly simple deeply secure instant messaging system for mobile phones and computers.
SafeChat will be a yearly subscription "instant chat" service that will never scan your conversations, your contacts, your connections nor anything about you. YOU ARE NOT THE PRODUCT YOU ARE THE CLIENT.
SafeChat uses unique chat centric peer-to-peer encryption keys that protect one's chatting from non intended eyes. With an added feature of individual encryption keys per chat for added security.
SafeChat also uses the stringent privacy laws of Germany as a way to legally protect its users privacy, as it is the country that has the best laws for such matters.
The technology used for encryption is based upon open source code* that is tailored and strengthened for our purposes.
*The advantages to open source cryptography is that it is constantly reviewed by a wide range of experts, hence not easily corrupted by the interests of a particular group.
SafeChat is about privacy wrapped in a beautiful design. We want to create an extremely easy to use, deeply secure instant messaging system for the modern world, and we want to setup our servers where the enforced laws of the land can protect the common user from unwarranted data collection.
SafeChat will be a yearly subscription service at around 10 bucks or less, and for that price, one gets not only a private messaging system but one also buys the security of knowing no one is scanning your conversations and selling the data points derived from those conversations to interested third parties (as most chatting systems do).
So how will we do it:
User Interface design:
Our revolutionary approach is all about ease of use, and this philosophy is the bedrock of our software. Making the software simple to use is the fundamental principle and the differentiator of our system from competitors.
By bringing together existing theories of cryptography and some proprietary code to bind them together, we are making a deeply encrypted private chatting system that continues to evolve as the field of cryptography does.
We will be based in Germany and will have no physical presence in the USA.
Use of funds collected on Kickstarter:
Finalizing the programming and physically setting up the servers in Germany. Right now, we are parked on servers based in the USA.
As of the beginning of our kickstarter project, we have completed 70% of the core code, 80% of the user interface experience, 75% of the design but we have 0% of the Android software written, 0% of the IOS software written and 0% server readiness.
The core team member, Chris Fox, is a cryptographer who has over 20 years experience inventing and implementing innovative solutions in software. Below are some of his accomplishments:
Demonstrated skill in the design, programming, and implementation of operating system and application concepts, with specific expertise in server architecture, content protection, multithreading and mobile applications.
• Wrote IntelliType and IntelliPoint extensions for Windows 7 SuperBar feature
• Designed interprocess and encrypted socket communications for Microsoft My Mobile Media project in Windows Mobile 5
• Responsible for Microsoft Windows Media Player Digital Rights Management (DRM) Individualization servers
• Designed and implemented RSA-AES XML Certificate hierarchy for Windows Vista Media Player DRM
• wrote Cryptographic Service Provider for WindowsNT for hardware company’s key generator
Risks and challenges
Cryptography requirements, privacy and the internet are all moving targets that change often and rapidly, making something that worked once, potentially obsolete. Privacy and digital communications are never 100% secure. Anyone that tells you otherwise is pulling the wool over your eyes. Cryptography and user input can only be bound together, practically, to create a difficult thing to decrypt. Even with the best encryption techniques available, there is still an opportunity for an organization to decrypt communications. It is simply a question of resources allotted. In other words, if an organization wants to know what you are communicating, their only restriction to not doing so is time and money.
How we have approached this problem is to make the whole needle in a haystack a much smaller needle and a much larger haystack.
What we want to do is make it impractical for an organization to snoop your communications as it would become very hard to find them and then harder still to decrypt them.
The biggest challenges for this kickstarter project are bringing together various rather complicated privacy enabling tools and making them transparent for the user, with little or no setup required at all, apart from a password. As we have noticed over the last several months, the National Institute of Standars and Technology, the body that created the standards for all encryption on the internet, has admitted that all of their "product" potentially has a backdoor. Which effectively, throws all standard encryption commonly used today out the window.
The risks are to not create something fundamentally different that couples ease of use with deep privacy protection. The worst case scenario would be to create something really good, but not fundamentally transformative. This is not our goal.
We believe the sphere of encryption has remained unadopted because fundamentally it is complicated to use. We want to transform that paradigm by bringing in design principles that make the user experience easy and pleasant, with deep crypto under the hood.
The admission from NIST has pushed the security of the internet back 20 years, and we find this to be a great opportunity for a do over.
thanks for your attention.
N.B.: we expect the beta software to be available to the kickstarter backers in Feb 2014, and the full release to follow a couple of months after that.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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