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P2P Peer-to-peer messaging

Peer-to-peer messaging, also called P2P messaging, is online messaging - or text chat - in which messages are exchanged directly between chat partners - the "peers" - without going via a webserver.
Peer-to-peer internet communications require that the "clients" - a client is an app or a web browser - establish a direct channel between each other over which data can be sent and received.
In today's modern web browsers, including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari, software developers can use webRTC (Real Time Communication) technology to establish data channels between clients. Although a webserver is required to set this up, the webserver is no longer required after the data channel is established.
Information flowing over webRTC data channels is encrypted under the TLS protocol (https://), so it can only be received and understood by the intended recipient. This is the most secure and private form of messaging in existence.
Non-P2P messaging apps, in which messages are stored on a webserver, are normally secure in the sense that messages are encrypted, as they are in the Coms Messenger system. Pragmatically speaking, however, we must acknowledge that secure, encrypted data has been hacked out of webservers countless times, so the security provided by encryption must be considered limited and temporary.
That is why Coms deletes messages from the webserver in the same moment they are read, and stores them instead in the browser on the user's device. Coms also recommends peer-to-peer messaging above all else -
To enter peer-to-peer mode in Coms, go to Call Studio and place a call to your chat partner. You are then P2P connected over webRTC and can enjoy both video calls and message-exchange in complete privacy and security.
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