New decentralized, privacy driven messaging service and a whole lot more...
In the final installment of our quick look at available encrypted messaging service, we turn to Status.....never heard of them, well, don’t worry....we have a feeling that you will.
They have set themselves some fairly lofty ideals in their pursuit of privacy, let’s let them lay it out in their own words:
“Status strives to be a secure communication tool that upholds human rights. We enable community money, community law and through privacy, preserve culture.”
So what exactly does it aim to provide? Again, in their own words:
“Status is a multi-purpose communication tool that combines a peer-to-peer messenger, decentralized crypto-wallet, and Web3 browser.”
All sounds very good but as the project is still in it’s early development stages, it’s actually quite difficult to evaluate, so what we will do is give a ‘status’ on Status and it’s potential.
First issue is installation.
The mobile app is only in Beta so you have to install via their Test Flight app. Not a horrible process but not as simple and straight forward as other services but in fairness they are in setup.
Available in iOS and Android, it covers all the bases as a messaging service, fully encrypted so no surveillance or copy/storing of data.
In terms of functionality, we are impressed with their inclusion of a crypto-wallet for the server-less storage of digital assets. It is unclear which cryptos will be compatible or storable but the declared ‘fave is already Etherium (ERC 20 & 21).
Lastly, on the mobile is the Web3 browser allowing you access to a whole world of dapps and beyond.....cool feature and sure to have legs over the longer term.
Status also has a desktop version, this one only presently in Alpha.....available in macOS, Linux and Windows......not much to report here we’re afraid but download and play around with it and see for yourself, we’ll probably leave it for a while!
With the feedback the devs will receive it is likely there will be further iterations, changes and presumably improvements so we don’t suggest you get too attached right now! (Or feedback yourself!).
So we’re seeing bags of potential
Once in to either, we have to say we liked the overall graphics and the navigability.
So we’re seeing bags of potential here and a real desire to fulfill that.
A quick look through the strategic drivers and guiding principles of the startup show that it has not only set a high bar for functionality and an outstanding UI/UE but also for privacy and respect for the individual..
Status considers liberty to be a sovereign right of all people, they believe that the individual can operate with anonymity and make the decision to selectively reveal themselves as, when and if they so chose to do so.
The project is driven by a ‘no compromise’ stance on security and being surveillance-free ensures that it remains censorship resistant.
Likewise, Status embraces absolute decentralization with the working mantra of ‘maximum units, maximum users’. Allied to this latter point is the open invitation to one and all with their stated intent to encourage inclusivity through permission-less participation.
And in the same spirit of openness, not only is Status completely open-source but they are fully transparent in all their endeavours. .
(That said, we were unable to determine where their funding was derived but found no red flags to concern us whilst looking.....in fairness we could have asked them directly).
We will continue to monitor this project as they move toward market ready products and a push for adoption.......it’s already a crowded field so good luck to all involved, Remember, you don’t have to be first, just be the best! And at this stage, we like what we see...
NOTE: This article was originally published in December 2019. We could blame Covid but we genuinely lost it when we moved the site in March of this year, we are happy to reinstate it, however, it will be superseded by an update review due in July 2020.