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. 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.
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.
Communities, families, friends, schools, and companies. 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.
Well, Keybase aims to have an important saying in the matter. More to the point, it 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.
It started life as 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.
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.
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 Features and Highlights
Information about Keybase’s encrypted chat product.
The 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.
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.