” Speak ! » An open source chat application that uses Tor

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Short: An interesting open-source private messenger that uses Tor to keep your communications secure and private.

Speek is an Internet messaging service that leverages multiple technologies to help you keep your Internet chats private.

It is end-to-end encrypted, decentralized and open source.

Undoubtedly, it aims to present itself as one of the WhatsApp alternatives and a competitor of Signal on Linux.

So what is it? Let’s take a closer look at the details.

” Speak ! » A peer-to-peer instant messaging application for Linux and Android

Speak ! (with an exclamation point in its name) is an encrypted chat messenger that aims to fight censorship while keeping your data private.

To keep things simple, we’re ignoring the exclamation point for the rest of the article.

You can also find it as an alternative to Session, but with some differences.

It is a fairly new competitor compared to other messengers available. However, it should be a candidate to try as an open source solution.

Although it claims to keep you anonymous, you still need to be careful about your activities on your devices to ensure complete anonymity, if that’s what you need. It’s not just the messenger you need to think about.

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It uses a decentralized Tor network to keep things secure and private. And it allows him to make the service useful without needing your phone number. You just need your Speek ID to connect with people, and it’s hard for someone to know your ID.

Talking features

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Here are some key highlights:

  • End-to-end encryption: No one except the recipient can see your messages.
  • Routing traffic over TOR: Using TOR for message routing improves privacy.
  • No centralized server: Increases resistance against censorship because it is difficult to shut down the service. Also, no single point of attack for hackers.
  • No registration: You do not need to share any personal information to start using the service. You just need a public key to identify/add users.
  • self destructive cat: When you close the application, the messages are automatically deleted. For an extra layer of privacy and security.
  • No metadata: It strips all metadata when you exchange messages.
  • Private File Sharing: You can also use the service to share files securely.

Download Speek for Linux and other platforms

You can download Speek from their official website.

As of this writing, Speek is only available on Linux, Android macOS, and Windows.

For Linux, you will find an AppImage file. If you are unfamiliar with AppImages, you can refer to our AppImage guide to run the app.

talking android

And the Android app on the Google Play Store is relatively new. So you should expect improvements when you try it.

Thoughts on using Speek

screenshot of speaking

The user experience of the app is quite satisfying and checks all the essentials required. It could be better, but that’s okay.

Well, there’s not much to say about Speek’s GUI. The GUI is very minimal. It’s a chat app at its core and does just that. No stories, no maps, no unnecessary add-ons.

In my limited time of using the app, I am satisfied with its functionality. The features it offers make it a good chat app to provide a secure and private messaging experience with all the technology behind it.

If you are going to compare it with some commercially successful chat apps, it lacks features. But again, Speek is not designed as a fancy chat app with a single focus on user experience.

So, I would only recommend Speek to privacy-conscious users. If you want a balance between user experience and functionality, you can continue to use private messengers like Signal.

What do you think of Speek? Is it a good private messenger for privacy-conscious users? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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