The Need Of A Decentralized Chat App

Decentralized v/s Centralized Messaging Apps

Communication is the most basic requirement, but one that is extremely crucial for human survival. We all love to talk and over the years technology has made it greatly convenient for people to connect with each other. From telephones to pagers to mobile devices and now smartphones- technology has revolutionized the way people communicate with one another over the last century.
According to data from Statista, the total number of smartphone users across the globe will reach the 2.5 billion mark, by end of 2019. Smartphones along with the advent of various chat applications have made it incredibly easy for people to communicate, however, it is only in the last few years that people realized the cost of communicating with such ease. Listed below is the price users pay for seamless communication through various instant messaging apps in today’s centralized world.

Centralized Management
All correspondence goes through the server of the company owning the messaging app, and the company can dictate its rules: block messages on a certain subject or prohibit the transfer of certain files. The company may also be subject to government pressures and may be asked to disclose users’ correspondence or to impose certain restrictions upon their request.

Centralized Architecture
This problem is due to the presence of a single point of failure. On the one hand, it allows to block access to a certain service for the whole country. On the other hand, technical problems on the management servers may lead to unavailability of the service for all or a significant part of users.

There has been a lot of discussion around the use of blockchains in instant messaging and how it could help overcome the major concerns of data security and privacy users are faced with today. Here, is how a blockchain based instant messaging application can benefit the users-

Security -
The use of asymmetric end-to-end encryption and P2P connections eliminates the possibility of intercepting user correspondence.

Confidentiality -
The absence of servers that store user correspondence excludes the disclosure of this information at the request of government agencies or hacker attacks.

Absence of Single Point of Failure -
Absence of a server to exchange messages, as well as make audio and video calls, means that there is no central link and thus, no malfunction of a server affecting the service.

TOK is a blockchain powered peer-to-peer chat app which is consistent with the principles of decentralization, confidentiality and data security. With TOK launching its ICO soon, the communication industry is going to see another wave of technological advancement, one that will ensure security and privacy like never- before.

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