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A chat client makes it possible to communicate with others in real-time text messages to send and to receive.

A long time MSN is the most popular chat client in the Netherlands, but this program is in 2013 ceased to exist. RetroShare is a open source instant messaging program that you can just install and use.

RetroShare is a chat client with an open source license, for Windows, Mac and Linux.

The functions are largely the same as you are used to from other popular chat programs. Quite different is the technical operation of this program. The use of a decentralized data exchange. This means that your chats not sending them through a server of an other organization, but through the network of users of RetroShare. This makes it more difficult for others to access your personal data such as now is found to happens when data of Skype where the U.s. government direct access through the PRISM monitoring programme.

In June 2013, it is leaked that Skype is working on the monitoring of user data by the Us security service. When you have a problem with it, you can consider to RetroShare as an alternative to Skype to use it. In addition, the program uses OpenSSL for the encryption of chats.

RetroShare has the following characteristics:

  • open source instant messenger with VoIP function,
  • makes use of a decentralised network for the exchange of information,
  • find and add friends from within the program
  • instant messages to send and receive,
  • send files to partners,
  • GnuPG uses authentication.

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You can free download Retroshare and safe install the latest trial or new full version for Windows 10 (x32, 64 bit, 86) from the official site.

Devices: Desktop PC, Laptop (ASUS, HP, DELL, Acer, Lenovo, MSI), Ultrabook

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