Category: Communication Tools

Industries: Business, Education

Briar is a messaging app that was developed specifically for journalists, activists, and anybody else who requires a secure, simple, and reliable method of communication. Briar is not like other messaging apps since it does not rely on a centralized server to store messages; instead, messages are synchronized directly between the smartphones of its users. In the event that the internet is unavailable, Briar may sync with other devices using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, allowing the flow of information to continue even during an emergency. Briar is able to sync via the Tor network, which shields its users and the relationships they maintain from being monitored by third parties when the internet is operational.

The application enables users to communicate with one another through private messaging, groups, forums, and blogs. The application itself has support for the Tor network. Unless you choose to share what you’ve done in Briar with other users, everything you do in the app is solely saved on the device you’re using.

There are no adverts, and your activity cannot be tracked in any way. The application’s source code is totally open for anybody to inspect, and it has already been inspected by a professional organization. Because it is feasible to reproduce any release of Briar, it is possible to check that the disclosed source code precisely matches the program that has been published on this site. The development is carried out by a small team that is not for profit.

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Pros Cons
Briar eliminates the danger of metadata spying Audits aren’t a guarantee
Multiple connection options bring versatility Could alienate the general populace
No servers to shut down Tough to popularize


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Briar reviews

Probably the most secure messaging app out of any available, great idea! Unfortunately it will not be a good replacement for more popular messaging apps anytime soon. There is no way to send a video. Pictures are possible, but only in a chat with one other person and they get massively compressed. Pretty crazy in 2022. I love the idea of my messages not being routed through a central server, but it's not ready to replace my messaging app of choice. I'll check back in a few years.

- Richard

I would like to see a pop-up chat head. If I'm not looking at the screen I will miss the flash notification across the top. I have missed a reply for hours. I like adding the contact without using my phone number. I was using TextNow and Text free but the constant ads drove me crazy! I think this is a good app.

- Arthur Brenneman

This is probably one of the best messaging apps ever. I didn't even know a messaging app ever existed without using data . I installed this app into two phones and turned off Wi-Fi off for both of them and only left Bluetooth on. The app worked perfectly and no delayed text messages. I never knew that text messaging apps existed without ever having to use data or a Wi-Fi connection. I'm glad this technology exists because this would be very good in an emergency situations. Love this technology.


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