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Tox, the P2P Skype alternative oriented privacy

After all the NSA revelations from Edward Snowden, a lot of new projects have emerged aiming to protect our privacy, especially through robust end-to-end encryption.

One of my first article on this blog was to present a serious opensource alternative to Skype, the quite popular Jitsi. Still actively developed, it’s probably the most promising alternative. But the objective of the project is not purely oriented on the privacy (Although they have good support of OTR and others encryption types).

It is more the case of Tox.

Indeed, with the revelation of governmental surveillance programs, Tox, a FOSS initiative  is aiming to be an easy and all-in-one communication platform that ensure and respect the privacy of their users.

tox p2p messaging screenshot

Decentralized by using torrent-style DHT, Tox directly uses UDP connections (better for Hole punching) and add encryption to it.

Tox supports messaging, calls and videos but note that it is still in alpha (So do expect some bugs)

It has been developed by a group of 4chan members and the project is hosted on Github.

If you are interested to give it a shot, here is their download page.

For more information, you can directly access their wiki.

Jitsi, promissing alternative to Skype and Hangouts

If you are looking for an alternative to Skype or Hangouts that is easy to use, Open Source, well maintained, with promising features, focused on privacy, security and with the ability to host most of it, well I strongly recommend Jitsi !

Alternative to Skype or Hangouts
logo jitsi

“Jitsi (formerly SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, AIM/ICQ, Windows Live, Yahoo! and many other useful features” such as:

  • Desktop sharing
  • Audio & Video conference call
  • Call recording
  • Call & OTR encryption

Jitsi is Open Source / Free Software, and is available under the terms of the LGPL.

Already mufti-platforms (Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android,…), several developments is being carried to improve even further its features, such as JitMeet, WebRTC JavaScript Application and even a HTML5 interface is about to start being developed.


You could actually host by yourself the XMPP server and their VideoBridge (For multi-user video conference call bridge). But if you don’t want to do so, you could simply register to their XMPP at and start using it !

They actually presented during the FOSDEM 2014 their Jitsi Videobridge, JitMeet and the other components that they used to build the service.


Also, you could find a recent interview of Emil Evov, CEO of Blue Jimp, the company behind the Jitsi open source VoIP client on Worth to read !

I’ve moved completely to Jitsi for my XMPP and SIP experience and I’m very happy with it. Obvisouly a lot of improvement can be made, but the good news is they are really working on it and at a good speed !

Have you tried this service already? Or do you think you use a better alternative?

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