Kik Closes – FBI Requests Backdoor Built Into Facebook Messenger. Is it Time to Decentralize?

Let’s start with a quick recap of Kik What happened? Kik Interactive announced late Monday that it’s shuttering the messenger app and cuttingits staff from over 100 people to just 19 employees. The company will focus its remaining resources entirely on growing its cryptocurrency, Kin, the subject of a recent lawsuit filed by the SecuritiesContinue reading “Kik Closes – FBI Requests Backdoor Built Into Facebook Messenger. Is it Time to Decentralize?”

A Titan Falls — Private Messaging App Kik to Shut Down

Just how big was Kik? Let’s examine the numbers. 1 Billion — The dollar valuation placed on Kik resulting from a private market valuation. 300 Million — The number of registered users Kik hosted as of 2016, the last year Kik made its metrics on registered users available. 100 Million — The total U.S. Dollar equivalent Kik’s cryptocurrency,Continue reading “A Titan Falls — Private Messaging App Kik to Shut Down”

Going Green: Energy Consumption Evaluation Part 1: Proof of Work Consensus Algorithms

This article aims at being part one of a two-part series evaluating energy consumption in both the proof of work and proof of stake consensus algorithms vs. that of traditional banking systems and electronic payment processors. Proof of Work and Proof of Stake Consensus Protocols vs Traditional Banking Systems Proof of Work (PoW) — A proof of work isContinue reading “Going Green: Energy Consumption Evaluation Part 1: Proof of Work Consensus Algorithms”

Protecting Your Privacy While Abroad

Some places are safer than others. If you’re scared of pick-pockets or can’t afford to lose costly hardware due to lost luggage or a freak accident, you might want to consider purchasing a spare phone or laptop. Thanks to the smartphone arms race, amazingly specced phones can be had for a few hundred U.S. dollars (especially if you’re willing to pick one up second hand). When it comes to a personal computer, your decision might be framed by your individual needs. If its Netflix, light browsing, and email you’re worried about, consider picking up a Chromebook.

Random Human Entropy Used for Secure Identity Generation

ODIN.Chat a Secure, Blockchain-Powered, Decentralized-Messenger ODIN wants you to own your conversation. Having realized the potential for a doomsday scenario where massive leaks of personal data lead to real-world consequences, ODIN Blockchain decided to do something about it and built ODIN.Chat, a blockchain-powered, secure messenger with the end user’s privacy in mind. Definitions Entropy — aContinue reading “Random Human Entropy Used for Secure Identity Generation”

Breaking Down the Diffie–Hellman Key Exchange

ODIN.Chat a Secure, Blockchain-Powered, Decentralized-Messenger. ODIN wants you to own your conversation. Having realized the impending doomsday scenario where massive leaks of personal data lead to real-world consequences, ODIN Blockchain decided to do something about it and built ODIN.Chat, a blockchain-powered, secure messenger with the end user’s privacy in mind. Why so many keys? Let’sContinue reading “Breaking Down the Diffie–Hellman Key Exchange”

I Asked Reddit’s “r/privacy” What Tools They Use to Protect Themselves— Here’s What They Said.

Introduction We want ODIN to be synonymous with private and secure. We care about our community and are always looking to inform around best practices when it comes to user privacy — regardless of whether the technology stems from our in-house suite of products and services. The following is for entertainment purposes only. ODIN CHATContinue reading “I Asked Reddit’s “r/privacy” What Tools They Use to Protect Themselves— Here’s What They Said.”

The Problem with Zero-sum Games

In the United States, we ban monopolistic behavior for a reason. It helps the consumer out by keeping prices dictated by free markets. It also drives competition, which in turn promotes innovation. Why buy a Ford for $25,000.00 when the Chevy will do the same thing plus has better performance, fuel economy, and reliability. In this case, either Ford has to lower the asking price or give you more car for the dollar. Crypto doesn’t have to be any different.

Want to Contribute to the Blockchain Space, but Don’t Know Where to Start? I Have Answers.

Who can I expect to find in the Blockchain space? Developer — A developer is an individual that builds and create software and applications. He or she writes, debugs and executes the source code of a software application These are as close to deities you’ll find in the space. Honor them. Lurker — A lurker is someone that followsContinue reading “Want to Contribute to the Blockchain Space, but Don’t Know Where to Start? I Have Answers.”