DatChat is offering an innovative personal privacy social network platform powered by blockchain technology. CEO and co-founder Darin Myman shares more details with us in an exclusive interview with TechBullion.
Please tell us a little more about yourself?
Darin Myman, CEO & Founder of DatChat, Inc. As a successful entrepreneur, Darin Myman has focused on developing and patenting privacy and cyber-security technology for the last fifteen years that is uniquely focused on protecting our privacy information after it is already been shared. Additionally, Mr. Myman developed LiveBroker and LiveInsurance, fintech messaging platforms that connect clients with companies in a secure and private environment.
What is DatChat?
More than ever before, the need for DatChat is becoming critical to our right to privacy as social media censorship is rapidly spreading. We have a right to privacy, both in real life and on social media. DatChat is a fully encrypted and private social network and messaging platform that allows users to change how long posts and messages can be viewed before or after they are shared prevents screenshots and allows users to “nuke” entire conversations that disappear from the parties’ devices.
The DatChat private social network creates a secure and completely private space to post, share, and comment with your friends and associates. Only those you allow will be able to see your posts and comments. Additionally, messages cannot be screenshotted, forwarded, or shared. All posts are encrypted and can be permanently deleted—without a trace at any time or set to self-destruct at a specific time. Based on patented technology, the DatChat social privacy platform creates a unique social network to safely share and talk with your friends without the worry of censorship, getting canceled, or the prying eyes of Big Data.
What major features and unique services do you provide at DatChat?
Create Multiple Secure, Private & Encrypted Social Networks: Keep your friends, family and work associates all separate. Create networks that require an invite to join or public groups that are searchable. Our easy to use social network management makes it simple to create the type of social network you want, and it will always be private and secure.
Nuke & Self-Destructing Social Posts and Messages: The sender decides how many times pictures, posts or messages can be viewed before they self-destruct. The sender can also dictate how many views are left or erase the content at any time. Users can even opt to Nuke messages, which erase both sides of the conversation on both the sender and recipient’s devices. At any time, a member or the creator of a social network can “Nuke” all of their comments and posts from that group so that they instantly self-destruct without a trace.
Screenshot Prevention & Notification: Now you can prevent screenshots with our unique anti-screenshot technology that allows you to view an entire message or picture while protecting it from screenshots. If someone tries to screenshot, you will be notified immediately, and the post will automatically self-destruct for that user.
Encryption: All DatChat messages and posts are encrypted to ensure your posts and messages are only seen by you and your recipients. In addition, all DatChat messages are sent through HTTPS connections, the protocol over which data is sent between the DatChat app and the DatChat
Message Security: Only you and your recipients can view your messages and posts, which cannot be forwarded or shared with anyone else. While on the DatChat servers, messages CANNOT be viewed by anyone because only you have the key. At NO time does DatChat ever have your key and no one at the company has the ability to ever read your messages.
What is the technology behind DatChat, could you give us a walkthrough of the DatChat ecosystem?
Our technology is based on our proprietary and patented Digital Rights Management (“DRM”) technology that allows users to maintain control of their information and messages both before and after it has been shared with others. The DatChat Platform architecture is based on the DRM built into the DatChat mobile application and servers to provide:
Messaging Rights Management: Patented technology allows a sender to set a message to last forever, or automatically self-destruct after a certain number of views. At any time a sender can wipe texts off a recipient’s phone or give them more time to view the message.
“Nuke” a Conversation: Users can even opt to Nuke messages, which erases both sides of the conversation on both the sender and recipient’s devices.
Encryption: All DatChat messages are encrypted with AES256 for the message, and RSA for the key to ensuring your messages are only seen by you and your intended recipients. Each message is individually encrypted for the recipient and cannot be forwarded or saved. Additionally, all messages are sent and received via an SSL connection and can never be viewed by DatChat under any circumstance.
Screenshot Protection: DatChat’s Patented protection mode makes it nearly impossible to screenshot a secret picture or message. Also, the sender receives notifications when someone attempts to screenshot protected or regular self-destructing messages.
Additionally, we are developing an innovative privacy platform that will be powered by a decentralized global messaging & digital rights management blockchain.
Email and messaging are two of the most widely used and oldest internet applications, and they are both in desperate need of a complete overhaul. Lacking any real privacy or control, email and messaging are potentially the greatest application of blockchain.
One of the Biggest Threats to our Privacy comes from relying on others to protect our information. While most cyber-security companies are focused on keeping intruders out, DatChat is uniquely focused on providing cyber-security both before and after we hit Send or Submit.
What are the market size and level of demand for digital privacy and messaging platforms like DatChat?
The Cyber-Security industry is growing exponentially, and it is expected to reach $170 Billion in just a few years. While most of the focus seems to be on protecting our information where it is stored, DatChat is focused on Protecting Our Privacy after we have already shared our personal and financial information and our right to free speech.
One of the biggest threats to our privacy comes from what happens after we have Hit Send, Submit or even Delete. DatChat’s unique technology is focused on always providing privacy, control, and security when you really need it the most. DatChat is addressing and the demands of consumers and businesses to protect their privacy and free speech.
How is the current remote working lifestyle affecting digital privacy and messaging platforms and what challenges are companies facing?
DatChat has adapted well to the new remote working lifestyle by utilizing video and conference calls, document sharing, and the DatChat Messenger to keep our development, sales, and support teams connected during these trying times. The biggest challenge seems to be faced by our staff with young children. Creating a quiet work environment from home can sometimes be a little more difficult than you think it should be, but we have been getting the job done ahead of schedule.
What are the biggest digital privacy and censorship threats we are dealing with today and how will DatChat solve these problems?
It is a strange development, but for the first time in history, we can potentially lose our job not just for what we say or post on social media, but what a spouse, family member or friend might posts. Like the wrong meme, and you can lose your livelihood. DatChat strongly believes that we all are entitled to some privacy and freedom of speech online that we have talking to our friends in our own living rooms. DatChat will never censor what you are sharing or commenting on. Our DatChat Private Social Network and Messenger ensures our right to reasonable free speech and privacy. Essentially, our technology ensures that we do not have access to your messages and can never read them, so we have no idea what you are talking about.
Tell us more about your professional team of experts and customer support, what makes you special?
Each person on the DatChat Team understands two things: First, nothing is more important than protecting our personal privacy. Second, the technology to protect our privacy must be easy to use and always guarding us. We have assembled a team of developers, marketers, and advisors to help ensure our technology and solutions put us back in control of our privacy.
Our team technology team is led by Peter Shelus, CTO. Mr. Shelus has almost 15 years of Self-Destructing Messaging, Social Marketing, and Mobile Video development experience. As a lead engineer of the first self-destructing email, mobile and social messaging platform, Mr. Shelus has been a pioneer and thought leader ahead of his time in secure messaging having developed patented technology that became a cornerstone of self-destructing messaging. Mr. Shelus graduated from Rutgers University with honors and a degree in Computer Science.
Do you have any current opportunities for partners and investors or any other information from DatChat?
You can now invest directly in DatChat, Inc. directly through our Reg A+ Tier 2 public offering. Shares are priced at $2 per share. Just go to http://www.DatChat.com for the prospectus and details.
It becomes more apparent every day that our privacy and right to reasonable free speech is under attack, the DatChat technology allows us to take back control of our privacy and free speech.