The issue of security of correspondence and the personal data protection has always been relevant, attracting more and more groups of people from a wide range of different IT activities. In order to create the highest possible level of security, they make a variety of solutions for products offering the most interesting options for protection. One of such unusual examples can serve the ADAMANT Messenger, the team of which involved Blockchain technology for the transmission of messages. It is an anonymous, open source and secure Blockchain-based Messenger.
The main purpose of the ADAMANT Messenger is to provide anonymity, privacy and security. As you may know already, many instant free messaging applications (like WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber) requires some form of verification (usually a phone number or email address), but ADAMANT requires none. No emails, no phone numbers and no need to register or enter any information about you.
How secure is ADAMANT?
Let's take a closer look at how the messenger network works and how safe the solution can be. It is worth noting that it is a product targeting secure and private communications, whence the following parameters come.
At first, the working network does not have main servers with privileged parameters - all operations are performed in encrypted form in the Blockchain and stored at full-nodes. This provides a fully decentralized data warehouse, the inability to replace the information about the message with "backdating" or to restrict access to the network.
Every message is a Blockchain transaction, encrypted and signed by methods such as Ed25519, EdDSA, Curve25519, Salsa20 and Poly1305. The message decryption key is available only to the sender and the final recipient. There is no physical possibility of reading by developers or third parties. The network works on an independent decentralized architecture without any authorities or privileges to the encryption process. Reliability of the network is supported by delegates (miners) due to the work of computing facilities aimed at supporting the infrastructure.
Interaction with the messenger is carried out mainly through the Web app or iOS app. Android app is coming soon!!
At this stage of use, several safety rules have also been prepared.
Developers do not control any actions on the part of users. For example, unlike P2P-Messengers, it’s impossible to obtain the user’s IP-address. All communications go through blockchain nodes, similar to a TOR network. Message history is never stored on a device and is directly loaded from the blockchain.
Speaking of non-interference from third parties, ADAMANT accounts cannot be closed, blocked or limited by anyone, including the developers.
How to use ADAMANT Messenger?
Registration does not require any personal data from the user. With no user identifications (Email, real name, phone number) we get the complete anonymity of use, what is an important part of a truly safe correspondence today. The application does not request the user's address book, location information and other data - direction to pure messaging.
If you have already created the ID, just type it and hit Login. If you're new user, click on the button that says "Create new". A random passphrase will be generated that will be required for log-in in the future.
Copy that passphrase to clipboard and save it in a file or password keeper application.
To Enter in your new wallet, paste the passphrase in the passphrase field.
This is how your messenger dashboard looks like.
Now, start chatting anonymously and securely. Your ADAMANT address can be found under Wallet section.
Important note: Please SAVE the passphrase for new Wallet and Messenger account. There is no login to enter Wallet, only the passphrase needed. Since we don't give any Email or phone number, if you lost the passphrase, there is no way to recover it.
Here is a screenshot from a simplified web version - users receive internal random numbers (U…), with which they start new chat rooms.
Also native iOS application is available, and Android app is in development.
Unfortunately, it's not free!
Unlike WhatsApp, Telegram and other messengers, ADAMANT is not free. The users need to pay a small fee in cryptocurrency for the delivery of each of their messages.
To maintain network independence, the messages have a small commission in ADM crypto currency (Estimate Fee). Transferring in money, for 1000 messages the user will pay about 20 cents. This is one of the security guarantees against data trading and the lack of advertising.
The project is also working on the introduction of many other security-related functions (the improvement of encryption systems, message transfers, internal crypto-currency wallets) and other things possible due to the blockchain, improving the experience of personal data protection.
ADAMANT code is Open source!
ADAMANT Messenger code is completely open source and licensed under GPLv3. From the beginning, the system was and remains fully open, having a completely open source code, available on the GitHub.
More information is available on the official website, including a comparison table with other messengers. Also, refer the ADAMANT whitepaper to know more about this project.
What do you think about ADAMANT? Is it really going to survive since there are many free messengers like WhatsApp, Telegram exists already? Is ADAMANT a worthwhile product, or just another interesting experiment that uses Blockchain technology? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.