Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

Why did secushare pick GNUnet rather than Tor or I2P?

This question is answered on the anonymity page.

How can I log into my account when I'm on a friend's computer?

You would use her copy of the software, or install it first, and log into your identity. The software can then recreate your social "desktop" from materials distributed to your friends and intermediate routers. By accessing your identity you are able to communicate as yourself and read messages that have been waiting for you. You can also bring your identity on a USB stick – by reconnecting to your friends the software will update to the current state, so it is enough to install the USB stick just once.

What if the software is infiltrated? Can we trust it?

No, you are welcome to not trust it, but you need to find at least one distributor that looks through the source codes, then generates binaries out of it. The distributor is expected to publish or link the sources that were used in generating those binaries.

Remember that the "federated" alternative is having to trust all administrators of your friends' servers and not being able to check if they left the software as it should be, at all. So being enabled to actually inspect and compile the source yourself or needing to trust only the purveyor of your operating system is a great step forward compared to the federated social web.

Why don't you do end-to-end encryption in the browser?

See the dedicated end2end page on that.

How can I leave a message if I need to shutdown my node?

This question is answered in the architecture document.

Can I use multiple devices? Will they stay in sync?

That is discussed in the storage page.

What if all of my friends are offline.

First of all, in a future of eternally activated smartphones, this is hardly ever the case, but beyond that, even if you only have one friend on the system, she will bring in her friends and friends of her friends to you, all willing to help you route messages to her even if you have no further interaction with them. As long as you can get through to the GNUnet backbone, it will always be able to put you in touch with your social neighborhood.

If only two people are using the system, than you're using it wrong. It will probably function anyway, most of the time, just not as good. You do need to know at least one person that knows further people.

What about multiple identities?

PSYC and GNUnet allow you to allocate as many "egos" as you like. The secushare application will try to make that process automatic - as soon as you drag and drop certain contacts into a new box, a new identity will be generated for that group of people. PSYC will then hide the fact that all your egos are operating from the same node being yours, thus making it unlikely for others to figure out who and how many you are. But even if only use one "ego", you can still show different aspects of your personality to different groups of contacts.

Would it be possible to create a VPN over it using PSYC and the social graph?

Yes, social virtual private networks are easy to do once we have the prototype running. Other easy to achieve goals are listed on features.

Why the name?

Why something that sounds as corporate as 'secushare' ?

The moment you will have it in your hands and use it, it will suddenly make sense. It's a basic function of your device. It is named for what it does. It lets you share things with friends, and for the first time external authorities are not involved – so it is secure. See also the introduction.

Why is your website design so old-fashioned?

Because we forked the Internet before it started going sour.

No, that's a joke. The Internet has never been free and respectful of civil rights. We are working on creating one. We'll have to see how much of the web is safe to use on a GNU Internet.