What’s so Promising about Ricochet?
Peer-to-Peer Connection: No Servers! No Operators!
“The concept with Ricochet is: how can we do messaging without any server in the middle—without trusting anything to forward your messages to your contacts” John Brooks (Ricochet program’s maintainer) stated.”That turns out to be exactly one of the problems that hidden services can solve: to contact someone, without anybody in the middle knowing who you are or who you’re contacting.”
Here’s How Ricochet Works
Your Username: A Unique .Onion Address
Ricochet Creates Huge Spike in Hidden Addresses
Researcher believed that this sudden rise could be due to the popularity of Ricochet that creates unique .onion address for every registered user.
Your Messages: End-to-End Encrypted By Default
Ricochet Takes Your Security Seriously
“Ricochet is an experiment. Security and anonymity are difficult topics, and you should carefully evaluate your risks and exposure with any software.”
As for now, Brooks is looking to get funding from open source community for the further development of Ricochet itself, such as implementing a file-sharing feature.