John McAfee releases 'secure' messaging app

Chadder said to be so private not even developers can see messages

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John McAfee releases 'secure' messaging app McAfee: Chadder is an unprecedented messaging platform. (Getty Images)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  May 6, 2014

Eccentric tech millionaire John McAfee is said to be promoting a new private social messaging app for mobile devices, according to tech site CNET.

The free app, named Chadder, was released on Monday and is said to keep users' information safe by using server encryption.

"Chadder is an unprecedented messaging platform. We have developed this highly secure system with an extraordinary team of developers at the prestigious RIT [Rochester Institute of Technology]," John McAfee said in a statement. "Chadder is a fun and easy to use messaging app that happens to keep your communications private. So private that we can't see it ourselves"

A press release from McAfee's website, whoismcafee.com, says that Future Tense Secure Systems (FTC), a company which online reports say McAfee founded, released the app "in partnership with" Etransfr. In the Google Play Store, Etransfr is listed as the sole developer and is listed as the contact for gathering feedback and answering user reviews.

According to CNET, citing FTC's website, when users message each other with Chadder only the recipient sees the message, the app itself just sees encrypted text.

Pcworld.com, reported that theoretically, users should be able to look up the intended message recipient by name, phone or e-mail, and then exchange a four-digit code that acts as the encryption key. The key remains invisible to Chadder, ensuring that only the recipient can see the messages. Yet the site has reported not being able to do this when testing the app and claims it is 'far from being user-friendly'.

Chadder for Android is available on Google Play and the Windows Phone Store. The iOS version is reportedly on its way.

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