Welcome to the new part of Free Messenger Saga (Signal, Tox, Matrix, Tor Messenger). It’s very good that in the modern world of Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype some peoples create new software for communication.
Ring – open source platform for text chat, voice and video communications and released under one of the best free license – GPLv3. All source code is available on Github. Linux client uses the GTK+ toolkit. Probably most of the Ring code was written by Savoir-faire Linux – free and open source software company based on Canada and France.
This article is a new episode of the Free Messenger Heroic Saga (Tox, Matrix, Tor Messenger). I highly recommend to read it for comparison. Privacy – very important thing for everyone today and tomorrow it may be a myth in the world of mega corporations, user tracking, automatic email parsing, security agencies with full access to everything and everyone.
In October, 29 Tor Project has presented the Tor Messenger – client for popular IM-services like Facebook, Google, Twitter, XMMP and based on Instantbird. OTR (Off-The-Record) Messaging in XMPP-based services are default enabled. General idea of this new messenger – users can communicate with their usual serviсes via Tor tunnels and government or hackers can’t track their client-server routes and location.
Update 30.08.2015: one of the developers stolen all money and website of project. New Tox website is here.
Introduction and clients overview
Tox is a free messenger and licenced under GNU GPLv3. He also support secured text messeges(NSA can’t read your messages), audio and video calls, group chat. Tox is very easy to use and don’t require strong programming skills. If you can use Skype, it’s not a problem to use Tox – without ads and pays.