The Internet is primed for identity theft
It’s sad but true that the Internet is not a wholly safe or secure place, and has not been for quite some time. Hackers and ne’er-do-well identity thieves roam the web, searching for their next victim. It’s tough to trust anything from text to Facebook messages, emails to phone calls, when just about everything is subject to the prying eyes of invisible crooks around the globe.
Now, it might seem like I exaggerated that intro a bit, but the threat of the violation of our personal privacy is both imminent and present in our daily life, whether it is talked about or not.
Numerous sites have been trying to cook up a secure chat solution for a while, and Cyph is one of the more recent attempts.
The brainchild of two former SpaceX engineers, Ryan Lester and Baron Joshua Cyrus Boehm, the platform offers the safety of a private chat for users without the often-questionable hassle of signing up, installing an unfamiliar program, or any other signature catches of such chat sites. Cyph generates a chat room that is randomly and anonymously encrypted to protect you from the dark corners of the Internet.
Why you need an anonymous chat client
To use the program, you simply send a link to the chat room to your friend. And, if you’re worried about these conversations being logged forever, don’t sweat: Both the link and log disappear just a short time after you terminate your session.
A few disadvantages exist here. One of the major ones, ironically enough, is the potential danger of truly anonymous chat. You are at the whim of whomever you invite to the conversation. If you send sensitive information through Cyph, you have no track record, proof, or log of your conversation, which could do you in when it comes to legal matters. Also, if Cyph is truly as secure as it claims, it could be used as a platform to discuss unsound matters and things that actually threaten our security.
Despite the possible risk, anonymous and secure chat sites are extremely useful when dealing with money or credit card information over the Internet. If someone hacks into your email, they instantly have access to every message you’ve ever sent. Certainly one or two might include a credit card number, address, or other sensitive personal information that could be dangerous in the wrong hands. Cyph offers a platform in which that information can be transmitted, and then deleted from the Internet, eliminating the trail that most hackers need to sniff out their prey.