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PrivyTalks

High Security Private Chat


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Published 02/28/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Privy Talks hopes to provide internet users with a secure way to share information and discuss issues and topics. The application provides users with secure chat rooms that utilize a factory standard RSA algorithm. To ensure that the user’s experience is not being tampered with, Privy Talks gives users a virtual fingerprint. The fingerprint is publically available and can be shared through SMS or email. The user’s can exchange fingerprints then use those to verify that they are chatting together through Privy Talks with no one hiding in between. Privy Talks provides real time communication so users can actually discuss rather than post messages to one another. The application supports mobile access as well as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera and Firefox web browsers.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Privy Talks is not hugely popular yet. The application appeared in 2011. It was designed as a way to help protect internet users who are sharing sensitive and personal information with someone else online. Users can start a Privy Talks chat to discuss private issues or share personal information such as passwords and usernames for accounts. The original intent was to create a tool that the founders could use among themselves. It has since become a publically available chatting solution.

What are the differences to other apps?

Finding a place to chat online is a piece of cake. Many website and applications provide users with ways to chat in real time. Privy Talks is appealing because the application focuses on taking private chats to the next level. Users can discuss very personal or sensitive matters in a secure, protected environment. Privy Talks ensures that no unwanted listener manages to slip by and pick up the sensitive details of the discussion.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Privy Talks maintains a very low key appearance that favors pale yellow. The unique logo adds a little variety while the rest of the application and website seem to favor black text and a very straightforward design. The user is given the basic tools they need to communicate: a chat window and chat tool so the user can begin conversing. There are no fancy visual elements and no fun emoticons or images. Privy Talks provides users a very basic, yet convenient and hassle-free way to chat privately online.

How does the registration process work?

Privy Talks keeps its chat service as simple as possible. Users are not required to create an account. This seems to work well for this type of service. The user is not required to give out any personal information, allowing Privy Talks to adhere to its online security policy. A visitor only has to click the orange “Create Room” button positioned front and center on the homepage to begin a secure chat. The user’s fingerprint, which is a string of letters and numbers, appears below the chat box so the user can verify that no third party has intruded on their private chat.

What does it cost to use the application?

Privy Talks is a very simple chat option that comes with a higher level of security. That being said, the application doesn’t offer anything beyond bare bones chatting. That can be done anywhere, so charging a fee to chat would be a little unappealing. The creators have kept Privy Talks economical and attractive by offering free access to all users. No account is required, the user only has to start a new chat and invite others to join them.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Privy Talks is a helpful resource for anyone that needs to hold a private discussion online. Users can chat back and forth in real time without worrying about sensitive information being obtained by an unknown third party. The fingerprint adds an extra layer of security to the experience. Users can share passwords and personal information or discuss a very sensitive topic freely within Privy Talks.

  • Users are not required to create an account or login
  • All chat rooms are available for free for any length of time
  • Fingerprints allow users to make sure they are chatting through Privy Chat
  • Encryption keeps the user's conversation away from prying eyes
  • Visitors can return as often as they like to crate a new private chat room


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