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”

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”

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”

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”

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.

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.

Returning Data Ownership to the Individual

We’ve entered an era of free, but at what cost? If you’re anything like me, you’ve never paid for an application. Okay, I take that back. I’ve been persuaded a time or two to opt-in on a freemium model to unlock certain features. But when considering my primary app usage: Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, (you getContinue reading “Returning Data Ownership to the Individual”