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Cryptocat for Mac

By Nadim Kobeissi Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 21, 2013

Users who have privacy concerns with major chat program providers may want an alternative that protects their information. Cryptocat for Mac purports to keep chat information encrypted, but its absence of other users makes it an ineffective choice for most.

As with most Mac App downloads, Cryptocat for Mac installed quickly and without any issues. There were no user instructions available, and it was not clear if there was any technical support. The application's interface was dated and difficult to interpret. Users can set up their own chat rooms to send to their friends or enter a lobby area where they can supposedly link up with random users. The program states that all chat entries are encrypted and not saved, which makes it attractive for those concerned about privacy issues. To enter the chat lobby, the user must physically type that into the network bar. A simple button for this option would have been useful. Once we were in the lobby, there were no other users available, which was a disappointment. The program would not be useful for those looking to find other users for chatting; but those with existing contacts could use the application to chat in a separate area.

While functional, Cryptocat for Mac's dated interface and lack of users make it a less desirable option for those looking for an encrypted chat program.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0.41

Fixed a bug that prevented text copy/paste from working.

General

Release March 28, 2013
Date Added March 28, 2013
Version 2.0.41

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 161
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Cryptocat lets you chat with privacy. It encrypts your chats, is translated into 32 languages and you already know how to use it. Have encrypted, private conversations. Cryptocat is free, open chat that aims to provide an open, accessible Instant Messaging environment with a transparent layer of encryption that's easy to use. Easily have group conversations with your friends without fearing monitoring or interception. Cryptocat is developed by privacy advocates, for privacy advocates. Big Data providers continue to amass gigantic amounts of personal information without providing any guarantee of privacy, while encryption remains largely inaccessible. This means that a lot of what you do online is not within your control, but rather susceptible to governmental or corporate interception. Cryptocat aims to bridge the gap for those who need encrypted communications that are easily accessible.