Session – Private Messenger - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

The Session team has years of combined software development experience. The developers working on Session have experience contributing to multiple other privacy-oriented projects, including Monero and I2P. On top of that, we’ve been actively developing Session, Lokinet, and Oxen for over 2 years, and we’ve gained valuable knowledge during that time.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

Building a messenger that offers hardcore privacy means there is a high level of complexity behind the scenes. Sticking true to the highest privacy and security standards whilst maintaining the smooth user experience people have come to expect from messaging applications has been difficult, but the hard work has paid off.

The purpose of the OPTF is to build open-source, metadata-free communications tools and apps that defend privacy in the digital world.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

The interviewee chose not to answer this question.

How long have you been working on this app?

We started designing Session back in 2018, and its earliest public versions were released in 2019. Since then, Session has grown enormously, with 500,000+ downloads, 150,000+ monthly active users, and high growth rates.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

Session is built for those who need privacy and anonymity when sending messages. Journalists, advocates, friends, family, businesses. Send messages, not metadata.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

Session is the most private messaging app in the app store. Unlike other popular messengers, it doesn’t require any phone number to sign up. On top of that, messages are end-to-end encrypted and onion-routed for unrivalled security and privacy.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

Session is still young but we’re growing fast. We’re working on bringing exciting new features like onion routed voice and video calls — making Session the most private way to have a phone call.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

Download Session and give it a go! We hope you’ll find the app easy and enjoyable to use. Knowing your messages are truly private is a feeling like no other. Share Session with your friends and family and give us a rating on your relevant app store.

Session – Private Messenger

About App:

Session is a new breed of encrypted private messenger, built on a unique network of user-operated servers spread all over the world. With no central servers, Session can’t leak or sell your data. You don't need a phone number or email to sign up — your Session ID can stay completely anonymous. And Session’s private routing protocols keep your messages secret and secure. No one ever knows who you’re talking to, what you’re saying, or even your IP address.

• Fully anonymous account creation, no phone number or email required
• Decentralised server network: No data breaches and no central point of failure
• No metadata logging: Session doesn't store, track, or log your messaging metadata
• IP address protection: Device IP addresses are never exposed to the person you're talking to or the servers holding your data
• Closed groups: Private, end-to-end encrypted group chats for up to 100 people
• Encrypted attachments: Share voice snippets, photos, and files with Session's security and privacy protections
• Free and fully open-source: Don’t take our word for it — check Session's code yourself

Session is free as in free speech, free as in free beer, and free of ads and trackers. Session is built and maintained by the OPTF, Australia’s first privacy tech not-for-profit organization. Take back your online privacy today — download Session.

Want to build from source, report a bug, or just take a look at our code? Check out Session on GitHub:

Categories: Communication

Date: September 1, 2021

Developer: OPTF

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