Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
Programing language: C++
First release: June 2014
Ricochet IM (previously: Torsion IM) – an instant messaging software project developed by John Brooks and later by Invisible.im group.
Ricochet is a different approach to instant messaging that doesn’t trust anyone in protecting your privacy.
– Eliminate metadata. Nobody knows who you are, who you talk to, or what you say.
– Stay anonymous. Share what you want, without sharing your identity and location.
– Nobody in the middle. There are no servers to monitor, censor, or hack.
– Safe by default. Security isn’t secure until it’s automatic and easy to use.
Ricochet uses the Tor network to reach your contacts without relying on messaging servers. It creates a hidden service, which is used to rendezvous with your contacts without revealing your location or IP address. Everything is encrypted end-to-end, so only the intended recipient can decrypt it, and anonymized, so nobody knows where it’s going and where it came from.
Ricochet is an experiment. Security and anonymity are difficult topics, and you should carefully evaluate your risks and exposure with any software.
The latest version 1.1.4 was released November 2016.