“Keybase is a key directory that maps social media identities to encryption keys (including, but not limited to PGP keys) in a publicly auditable manner. Additionally, it offers an end-to-end encrypted chat and cloud storage system, called Keybase Chat and the Keybase filesystem respectively. Files placed in the public portion of the filesystem are served from a public endpoint, as well as locally from a filesystem mounted by the Keybase client.”
At least this is what Wikipedia says about Keybase but in short, it’s a chat and collaboration application that fully encrypts your messages and you’re in total control of your privacy (yes! you can be in total control of your privacy).
Keybase comes with everything you need to manage your identity, create secure chats, and share files privately and very important the application/project is open sources and it’s free.
The application works on most of the platforms, macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, Chrome/Firefox and it can successfully replace many of your current chat applications.
The mobile application is super simple and I really enjoy to use it. Keybase has some really nice features that I was looking forward and none of the chat applications I usually use have them. Anyway, the mobile app comes with a 5 buttons main menu and the first view represents some kind of a wall. There you can see some suggestions to follow other people in the network as well if somebody followed you.
Here you can search as well for people in the network by Keybase username, or by Twitter, Facebook or GitHub user, pretty cool right?
Of course, that’s as well the place where you can see your current contacts and you can manage them.
I will encourage you to join Keybase family and start using at least the mobile application – I bet you will love it!
Now, if you discovered any other chat application which takes security and privacy so serious as Keybase does, let me know 🙂 I would love to use it.