[tor-talk] TIMB vs TextSecure

Moritz Bartl moritz at torservers.net
Sun Mar 2 14:46:48 UTC 2014

On 03/01/2014 07:12 PM, Ted Smith wrote:
> For text messaging, anonymity in the Tor sense doesn't make sense. 

Wrong. It certainly makes a lot of sense to use Tor even if the
communication partners know and can identify each other. Tor will
provide location anonymity, and hide the communication ("who is
communication with whom, and how often"). This is _the_ major selling
point of Tor, escaping surveillance. Anonymity is just the baseline you
need to then establish communication on top of it. Don't make the
mistake of reducing Tor to "two people that don't know each other can
communicate, and get a random nickname each time".

> If you to be anonymous, TextSecure obviously isn't for you, but SMS
> messaging also isn't for you. ChatSecure exists in the mobile
> space for exactly this purpose.

This is not anonymity, but pseudonymity! You usually do want a
persistent identifier.
Moritz Bartl

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