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Do you like to chat with your friends over instant messaging, but are concerned that unwelcome people may be able to find out where you are, what files you are sending and what you are saying?  In this day and age, that is a valid concern. Thankfully, there is a program called TorChat that allows you to chat with all of your friends without worrying about who could be listening, because everything is encrypted.

peer to peer messaging

TorChat runs directly from any USB drive on a Windows machine, so there is no need to worry about installing anything to your hard drive. Once it’s running, you can use it to chat with other friends over the TorChat network. In order for them to talk to you, they will have to go through a process to verify that they are the right person, and that you want to communicate with them.

A huge part of TorChat is that it prevents the people you speak with from finding out where you are. If you want to keep your location safe, this is a great way to talk to people. All traffic sent through TorChat is encrypted from end-to-end, so you are very safe with this messenger.


  • Protect yourself while chatting.
  • All data encrypted from end-to-end.
  • Both parties must verify before a chat can initiate.
  • Blocks location data from being discovered.
  • Runs from a thumb drive on any Windows machine.
  • Works on other OS, but less smoothly.
  • Free to use.
  • Similar tool: Connected2Me

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  1. Steve
    October 6, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Only just found this tool. Very good. Easy to use and damned good to send files. Makes you think that perhaps if you communicate frequently with certain parties and require to send sensitive info, then this seems to be the tool to use. Email, not encrypted, sitting on servers, tends to be copied to interested parties, while this tool eliminates this possible problem. Ok, if you do not take internet security seriously, then you wont use it. If you do, then this is a simple way out.
    Tails is fine, but on an old machine it runs very slow. Adding drivers for wireless etc, can also be problematic also.
    Easier to run a lightweight Linux like a Puppy distribution, along with this tool.

  2. Terafall
    June 24, 2012 at 3:55 am

    or you can use Tail