In these days of so much technological concern, especially in terms of computer security, privacy and anonymity, for news about flaws or vulnerabilities of communication and / or messaging applications, such as, WhatsApp, a quite interesting alternative arises, called Delta Cat.
Interesting, because Delta Cat It is a new messaging application, which unlike other very popular, send your messages by email, encrypted if possible, with autocrypt. And between other things, does not require its users to register somewhere or site, since, with an existing email account, their service can be used.
We recently posted about another interesting messaging application, as an alternative to Telegram o WhatsAppCalled Session. Which, differed from these, because:
"Session is an open source, public key-based secure messaging application that uses a set of decentralized storage servers and an onion routing protocol to send end-to-end encrypted messages with minimal exposure of user metadata. It does so while providing the common features of the main messaging apps".
Delta Cat, also has decentralized characteristics, since it has a centralized controlIn other words, it uses the largest, most diverse and decentralized communication system ever created: the existing network of email servers.
- It is a development of Free Software and Open Source.
- Delta Chat offers instant chat and synchronization between devices.
- It is a multiplatform application (Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android and iOS).
- Technically, it is an email application but with a modern chat interface.
- Sends the messages (emails) using the user's email account and provider.
- Sets end-to-end encryption automatically when users start communicating with each other.
- It offers an experimental verified group chat that guarantees end-to-end encryption to be safe against active provider or network attacks.
Note: Regarding encryption, it should be noted that the end-to-end encryption not only works between applications Delta Cat, but also with other email applications if they are compatible with the Autocrypt Level 1 encryption standard.
Installation on GNU / Linux
About our GNU / Linux Operating Systems, Delta Cat provides installation files in format .deb y AppImage, approximately 70 MB y 107 MB respectively, which currently contain the stable version 1.0.0, recently released last December. Also, it is available in Flatpak and in the repositories AUR to Arch Linux. What makes its installation very easy and compatible with many of our current distributions.
For, Android, Delta Cat, is available in different versions and sizes, according to the type of device and version of the operating system used.
Finally, it has a Official website very complete, simple, and in Spanish. It contains a lot of valuable and detailed information, distributed in sections, such as: Download, Blog, Support, FAQ and Forum. Above all, his FAQ section It contains a lot of relevant and updated information about the application, which will help to understand in depth its operation, functionalities and objectives.
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