TON Blockchain Introduces On-Chain Encrypted Messaging for Private Communication
The Open Network (TON) recently introduced an on-chain encrypted messaging feature, as announced by the TON Foundation on July 3. This development allows TON users to exchange private messages securely.
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TON, derived from code developed by the Telegram instant messaging app team, is a blockchain network. Although Telegram discontinued the project in July 2020 without launching a mainnet, they open-sourced TON’s code, enabling others to further develop it.
The TON Foundation constructed the current network, also referred to as “TON.” It claims that TON offers superior scalability and transaction throughput compared to other options in the Web3 ecosystem while maintaining decentralization.
Previously, TON allowed users to include messages within transactions, which were entirely public. However, the new feature enables users to encrypt these messages end to end, ensuring that only the intended recipient can access them.
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Anatoly Makosov, a core developer for TON, highlighted that this feature facilitates the personalization of transactions. For instance, users can add messages like “for coffee” or “happy birthday” when sending Toncoin, Jettons, or NFTs. Additionally, in the event of an “apocalypse” causing traditional messenger servers to fail, TON can serve as a reliable and safeguarded method for private communication.
Presently, encrypted messages are accessible through various retail wallet apps, including MyTonWallet, OpenMask, and TON Wallet. The announcement also mentioned that the feature will be integrated into the mobile wallet Tonkeeper through upcoming updates.
In May, the TON Foundation launched a $25 million accelerator program to encourage app developers to build on the network. Furthermore, an independent development team introduced a Telegram trading bot in November to onboard users to TON.