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”

SEC Claims Telegram’s Token to Have ‘no use’ Halting Redemption Launch

SEC Files Lawsuit to Halt Token Distribution to Investors Who Purchased During Closed Offerings Investors bought the future gram tokens during two closed rounds in February and March of 2018 for a price of 37 cents and $1.33 each, respectively. In early September, the code for TON’s blockchain nodes was released and on Oct. 2, investors received emails with links toContinue reading “SEC Claims Telegram’s Token to Have ‘no use’ Halting Redemption Launch”

Privacy and the Youth. A Few Things to Consider When it Comes to Your Children.

With children’s digital footprint increasingly beginning before birth, yes sharing that sonogram might have more impact than you think, here are a few things you can do today to ensure your child’s right to privacy remains intact. If your child is school-aged, have a candid discussion with the administration about their media release policies. OversharingContinue reading “Privacy and the Youth. A Few Things to Consider When it Comes to Your Children.”

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”

Double Ratchet Messaging Encryption Used in Encrypted 100% Anonymous Private Messenger

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. Preview Part one of thisContinue reading “Double Ratchet Messaging Encryption Used in Encrypted 100% Anonymous Private Messenger”

What’s the Difference Anyway? VPN vs VPS

Introduction In a world where throwing around acronyms is equated to your scope of knowledge, I often find completely different technologies referred to interchangeably. Today we will clear up one of the most prevalent, examining the difference between VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) vs. VPS (Virtual Private Servers). VPN (Virtual Private Network) —  A virtual private network (VPN) givesContinue reading “What’s the Difference Anyway? VPN vs VPS”

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.”

I’m Not a Criminal, Right?

I’ve pitched the idea of ODIN.Chat to anyone who will listen. I can’t express how strongly I believe applications like this are an absolute necessity in 2019. However, when I explain ODIN.Chat to non-crypto enthusiasts I’m almost always met with the same response, “hmmmmm… isn’t that for like … criminals?” As if an expressed interest in privacy is suggestive of character, or lack thereof.