Keybase sends and receives encrypted messages and files with the help of this interesting app that brings a new approach to public and private key encryption. Keybase is for everyone, and it’s growing fast. If your data is in the cloud, it should be encrypted. If you’re putting people together, give Keybase a try.
Privacy, confidentiality, cryptography are just some of the words we will be hearing more and more in the years to come, not surprising, considering our ever-so-increasing concerns regarding data security. Keybase can store your group’s photos, videos, and documents with end-to-end encryption.
Even though neither the concept of data encryption and the tools around it are not especially new, one thing’s for sure: using comprehensive encryption methods is not exactly something that most typical users are able to handle.
What is Keybase?
Keybase for Desktop is more than a website. If you’re comfortable working in a terminal, you should download the Keybase Windows app. You can do so much with it: sign, verify, encrypt, generate messages, sign code, move keys around, etc., all using GPG for the crypto.
Well, Keybase aims to have an important saying in the matter. More to the point, Keybase is an open-source platform, built on the model of a somewhat-basic social network, that aims to simplify the whole end-to-end encryption process and make it widely accessible, both for communication and file-sharing purposes.
Every account on the app has a public history. “Sigchains” let the clients reconstruct the present without trusting Keybase‘s servers. And when you “follow” someone on the software, you sign a snapshot of your view of the claims in their “Sigchains”.
Keybase works for both a command-line utility and as a web application, and now it also comes with clients, found under the same moniker, for Windows, macOS, and Linux, as well as for two of the most popular mobile platforms, iOS, and Android.
Encryption technology and social media structure, neatly intertwined
With that out of the way, let’s concentrate on the basics. The app provides you with a secure environment for sharing files, as well as for chatting purposes, thanks to its built-in encryption features.
Another interesting aspect is just how much this platform resembles a typical social media network. For instance, you can look up people and follow them, just as you’re used to doing on Facebook or Twitter, for example.
Furthermore, it’s perfectly capable of “mapping” your identity to your public key. For instance, it allows you to link your profile to other communities from Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, GitHub, Hacker News, and it even allows you to set up Bitcoin or Zcash addresses.
Complex underpinnings, yet the super-intuitive user interface
Better yet, it’s actually fairly easy to use, mainly thanks to a modern and relatively simplistic user interface. Everything you need is located in the vertical toolbar on the left side of the main window, which hosts six, self-explanatory categories, as follows: Search, Folders, Chat, Devices, Settings, and Profile.
It may be a bit frustrating to get it fully up and running, since it requires you to create an account, validate it and link various accounts to your profile – which also require you to undergo yet another “proving” procedure.
Encrypted file sharing and secure chat, now easier than ever before
Having said all that, Keybase is an app with a very interesting concept behind it that’s quite relevant to our times. It’s backed up by a very well-sorted platform that allows you to securely chat and share files thanks to high-end encryption technology, all wrapped in a package that basically works very much like a social media network.
Information about Keybase’s encrypted chat product.
The Keybase filesystem
The cloud-backed file system is live for all.
Documents describing Keybase’s use of cryptography.
Proof Integration Guide
Keybase’s protocol for external services wishing to be added as proof integrators.
You can set a timer on your most sensitive messages.
Design, implementation, and specification of Teams.
A description of Lockdown Mode recommended for users who want extra protection for their Keybase account.
A description of Keybase’s Stellar wallet implementation.
|Software Name||Keybase For Windows V 188.8.131.52|
|File Size||203 MB|