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The Future of Instant Messaging

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A bit of statistics

The overall traffic in messaging apps is expected to more than triple by 2019 since 2014 – from almost 31 trillion to 100 trillion globally, according to Juniper Research. Messengers are the technology that facilitates both entertaining activities and business collaboration. Over the top communication is quick, easy and cheap and it will connect people in so many new ways during the upcoming years. Today we will speak about the features that enrich messengers in order to give you more than just an opportunity to send a «Hello, where are you?» message.

Why it’s good for people

The start of 2016 has proved that the global audience has shifted to messengers. According to the Business Insider report, the combined user base of the top four chat apps is larger than the combined user base of the top four social networks. This popularity is predictable: it’s cheaper than traditional telecommunications, it has more features than e-mail and it’s more private than social media. On top of that, the cost of plain smartphones has become relatively low, and the interface of messengers is easy even for your grandmother.

An average smartphone user has ~36 apps installed with 68% of them in the field of social & communication. The services that are the most popular in different countries vary, however most users use several messengers to connect with family, friends and co-workers. Continue reading

10 and more ways to protect your privacy and identity in VIPole

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«Online privacy is dead» or «Online privacy – no such thing» – these headlines that reporters use with yet another data breach catch the eyes, but think twice before trusting journalists.

VIPole puts anonymity at the forefront. Forcing someone to provide the real name for using the service is to our mind like forcing to expose your passport data. However, for some popular social media services it’s common. Moreover, certain apps even require your location to function. Many apps don’t even need personal data to work, but they collect it anyway to maximize the reach of online marketing campaigns. In VIPole, there are no ads, there is no spam from shops, and there is no content targeted to you because of your location, age, gender, search history or any preferences. We provide private communication only.

“All your data are belong to us” and how to stay away from it

While the ways of personal data collection and storing online are evolving, it becomes harder to keep privacy. Besides, many services are just too convenient and entertaining to leave them for the sake of security. While using mainstream networks for chitchat, you may switch to VIPole for those conversations that you prefer to hide from being tracked, analyzed and exploited.

VIPole does not collect your data to make the service better or personalize it like other communication companies claim to do. In VIPole, only you own your data.

We do not know our users by sight or by name, but we know exactly what is important to you – your safety and privacy. In this respect, we share the same vision and values.

Apart from the basic algorithms of data protection in VIPole, we developed a number of tools that enable you to hide yourself, your contacts and your data even within the service.

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Encryption: lock the barn door before the horse is stolen

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While security breaches are regularly making the news, the attention of users and companies is driven to encryption. Encryption protects access, data and interactions by transforming information to make it unreadable for third parties. But there is no such thing as universal encryption and there are multiple types of it used for online communication. The two core aspects about encryption are the spans of the network when the data is encrypted and the access to the keys. We’ll speak about them today.

The essential thing about using encryption for online conversations is to protect the data both when transmitted and when stored. Some services provide protection only while transferring the data, but the data on the servers is accessible for the company members.

VIPole has developed a different approach. End-to-end encryption in VIPole protects your data at all stages of transfer and storage. The files are stored encrypted both on the server and on the devices of VIPole users. We minimized the presence of the man in the system and there is no one in between who could monitor your activity.

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VIPole subscription plans: Free vs Professional

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VIPole provides secure communication and file storage not only for teams and enterprises, but also for private customers. There are different subscription plans, and making a choice between the options may seem tricky.  Not sure which version is best for you? Today we will take a closer look at Free and Professional versions of VIPole to reveal the differences and describe the special features in each case.

You can decide to upgrade from Free to Professional anytime throughout the month to get access to all the features. If you want to downgrade, it’s also simple. Continue reading

VIPole Desktop Update 3.6.1: choose your own communication style

A short while ago we’ve released VIPole Desktop update 3.6.1. In addition to the interface improvements, it includes a number of innovations. You may have already downloaded the update, but are you sure that you have discovered all the new features? Today we will dwell upon them and observe the cases when they are especially useful.

New contact list and security settings VIPole Secure Messenger - Hidden contacts, Fixed online status

Hidden contacts

The new type of contacts is introduced – hidden contacts. To hide a contact a user sets a special password, which is subsequently used to display this particular contact. The hidden contact option is in the list of security options for a certain contact. It is possible to hide several contacts under one password, when it’s entered, they are displayed all at once. Hotkeys Ctrl+2 and Ctrl+3 can be used to hide and unhide contacts. The hidden contacts are displayed in the contact list in italics after they are disclosed for a chat.

When you hide a contact in the secure messenger – nobody can find out, to whom you send your goodnight wishes.

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