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The folks at Canada-based social network startup Syme are hoping that enough people are fed up with the NSA-style spying on citizens around the world, and that it will spark a mess exodus off Facebook and Google+ and onto encrypted alternatives.

Syme is precisely that, an ultra-private social network where you can create an encrypted group environment where you can socialize with friends or colleagues inside of an environment that is, according to Syme creators, even hidden from the social network administrators. Further bolstering the claim of ultimate privacy is a message that pops up when you enter your password for the first time, that it won’t be possible for Syme to reset your password at any point, so remembering it is critical.

Once you first log into Syme, you’ll have an opportunity to create your first encrypted group by inviting a list of your friends or colleagues via email.


Syme owners and administrators are not able to view any posts, messages or photos that get uploaded to the service. Adding a level of protection from the likes of the NSA or other U.S. government agencies, Syme is actually based in Canada, making it a little more difficult for the U.S. government to strong-arm the service into providing user data.

While Syme offers a user interface that looks and feels like a simplified combination between both Facebook and Google+, it is quite different from those social networks in that you can’t browse for other users or find old friends on the network. It’s intended for invite-only group conversations where privacy and security is important.


Syme is currently a Chrome extension. This means that all communications between Syme servers and your web browser are encrypted. Syme uses a hybrid, two-level encryption based upon the Stanford JavaScript Crypto Library, an open-source crypto library.

Keep in mind that Syme does still store meta data about communications – meaning, what IP addresses are communicating with each other using the network, when posts are sent and the size of files uploaded to and from the network. Nevertheless, the privacy and encryption of Syme far exceeds the likes of Facebook and Google +, so it promises to become an important alternative to privacy-conscious users.

Get Syme for Chrome.

Source: Syme via PC World

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  1. Joe
    January 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Problem is what happens when a government (say, Canada) decides that a new update has a mandatory change in the protocol? Skype did this and oh wow, turns out that they load every URL you paste into chat. Obviously, Microsoft can read the chat. Don't trust anything that has a secret standard.

  2. Freya
    December 10, 2013 at 1:20 am

    "Syme does still store meta data about communications – meaning, what IP addresses are communicating with each other using the network, when posts are sent and the size of files uploaded to and from the network."

    Zurker does not. Zurker does not store any data, period.

    You are free to use whatever name you want, make friends with whomever you want, say whatever you want, and know that no information about you will ever be given or sold to anyone because Zurker does not collect any information and does not even store IP addresses.

  3. Vidoslav Klobucar
    December 9, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Chrome only? No, thank you. Using Chrome itself is a data breach. How about a standalone site or Firefox?

    • Mudit W
      December 10, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      i was thinking abt the same n moreover companies on the other side are benefiting from the NSA leaks by barking abt Encryption n all.

    • Syme Team
      December 12, 2013 at 12:42 am

      Our Firefox extension is coming out within the next month! In the meanwhile, you can use Syme from Chromium, the open-source alternative to Google Chrome.

    • Vidoslav Klobucar
      December 12, 2013 at 2:28 am

      I will wait for the Firefox. I tried Zurker and its better than Google Plus. However, vshares is annoying.

  4. notasolution
    December 9, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    When will these people understand that encryption is useless? Evidence is being gathered and it cleary shows that all widespread encryption protocols have been intentionally filled with vulnerabilities.

    • Tom S
      January 30, 2014 at 9:50 am

      resistance is futile

  5. Lucy Mace
    December 9, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Cool new social network . But is the best. could be the right choice for you if you are concerned about freedom of speech, censorship, adverts and unwanted changes. If you choose Zurker, you need to accept that it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to connect with your family and friends immediately – unless you persuade them to join you. At Zurker, not only are you allowed to connect with people you don’t know, it’s positively encouraged. Zurker is truly a social network, you may send a connect request to anybody that you find interesting. Changes and development will be down to you and your fellow Zurker members. If you want to own your social network, choose Zurker.