How to send encrypted messages from Twitter easily and securely

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In this world surrounded by technology and the Internet, it is normal for the way we communicate to adapt to it. Most people make great use of instant messaging applications like WhatsApp, social networks like Facebook and Twitter and even private messages to other people.

WhatsApp, for example, offers its users quite good encryption and thus ensures the privacy of messages. However, there are other applications that, while it is true that they allow you to send encrypted messages, these messages can be read by another person who intercepts them along the way.



Have the end-to-end encryption is what will truly ensure the privacy of your messages. This is possible, since only the sender and the recipient are the only ones who will have access to read the messages that are exchanged. Also, you can prevent anyone from sending you private messages on Twitter.

And if for some reason these messages are intercepted by third parties as they are being sent, they will not be able to decrypt them to know what they say.

In this article we will show you how to send encrypted messages from Twitter securely through the application Keybase, we will explain what it is and how to use it.

How does Keybase ensure privacy?

If you are one of those people who care about their privacy when send messages to family or friends via online applications, then Keybase is perfect for you.

We say this because Keybase gives you the ability to securely send encrypted or private messages from any social network like Facebook and Twitter.

But not only can you get this tool in the Play Store, but you can also get it in its extension for Google Chrome and Firefox where you will notice that it adds a button next to the profiles of the social networks you are using and that is where you can send your encrypted messages from.



But that's not all, besides its encrypted messaging application, Keybase is also available for Windows, Linux and Mac, you can find out more on its official page

Furthermore, it gives you the possibility to send encrypted messages to whoever you want through the profiles on your social networks from your browser, and is also available for smartphones with iOS and Android.

If you send an encrypted message to a person who does not have the Keybase app, when the other person receives the message, they will see an alert that they have a encrypted message but it has to join with Keybase to decrypt it. On the other hand, you can send an email or encrypted email from gmail

Now, if the person already has the Keybase application, the encrypted message you send will go directly to the application and from there they can continue the conversation from your mobile or PC.

If you want to start using this application as soon as possible, we recommend that you download it to your computer for Windows, Mac, Google Chrome or Firefox depending on the PC you are using.

If you are going to use it from your own smartphone, you can download the chat application for iOS and Android respectively from their application stores.

How to use Keybase?

THE local installation of this application requires Node.js and PGP to be installed on your computer. However, as mentioned above, this application also has a web page from which you can use it completely without any inconvenience.


But to send encrypted messages, you need to store a copy of your private key on the server. The process of encrypting messages on the website is done via JavaScript directly in your browser.

After creating your profile on Keybase, the first thing you will need is a public PGP key. If you already have one, you need to upload it to the website, and if you don't have it, you can create one directly from the website where you will need to be patient as generating the PGP keys can take some time.


Keybase gives you the opportunity to have yours private key which you can also copy and store on your own or on the website. Once this is done, you can verify your identity on Twitter by posting a tweet or on your website.

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