“Altermail intends to be a privacy-preserving secure communication platform leveraging Secret Contracts on the Secret Network blockchain.”
The team at Altermail has applied to the grant program at Secret Network, seeking for early-support of the project that will bring a highly valuable solution to anyone who wants to keep his conversations and data private and anonymized.
The main goal of this product is to create and implement a secure data integrity sharing model using blockchain technology. Altermail’s secure data integrity sharing models use a digital signature, a proxy encryption scheme, and Secret Network’s encryption schema with smart contracts.
Data owners can use Altermail’s information-sharing system to ensure that this information is not available to everyone. Only delegated users can view the data; as keys will be available only at the User side and will not be sent even to Altermail.
Altermail’s system architecture consists of three layers - application, access, and data. The base layer is the application layer, it ensures the receipt and transmission of information and encryption are private secure by default. Secret Contracts on the Secret Network blockchain serve as the data verification mechanism for Altermail. Secret Contracts metadata are encrypted. Additionally, Secret Contracts serve as neutral and automated intermediaries for data integrity on Altermail. The data layer used is required to store data that is encrypted. This architectural part of the system also uses the encryption module needed for the delegation process. The three-tier architecture used in the secure, seamless data model ensures application speed and security.
The support from Secret Network at an early stage can make the project successful in a short timeframe. This grant request will allow us to continue the implementation and creation of Altermail - specifically Secret Contract development. Additionally, SCRT may become increasingly valuable as it can be used in the communication sector and team collaboration apps empowered by Altermail and all of the potential features on the product roadmap.
There is an illusion of security and privacy of communication by current solutions such as Gmail/Protonmail/Whatsapp/Telegram/Discord/Slack/cTemplar. Sadly, many privacy communities unwittingly use unsecured communication apps that do not have truly privacy-preserving communications as promised. Altermail aims to fill this gap by offering truly secure and private email based on blockchain technology, specifically Secret Network.
Why is Altermail needed? Primarily, because we believe privacy is not only a human right but also an important utility. Without privacy, users are in danger of damaging their social life, finances, control of data, and control of identity (via impersonation). Surveillance by “Big Brother” and a range of applications widely adopted compromise our data - allowing malicious entities to use data as means to manipulate politics, economy, culture, global relations, and even “truth” itself.
Altermail will provide decentralized communication that is safe, secure, and private. All of this is made possible by the three-layer architecture outlined earlier. Secret Network is a crucial part of one of the layers, and is what makes Altermail a truly unique solution.
0-2 weeks MVP (end of June) – sending/receiving messages, profile set up, login and back-end functionality of encryption set up, server setup, finished front-end/UI
3-4 weeks (by mid - July) to implement Secret Network smart contract creation/alteration;
5-12 weeks (Aug - mid-Sep) / 1st part of scaling the product functionalities and resources:
• Improving the user interface and experience
• Obtain additional exposure of server set up and increase throughput;
• Implement group messaging functionality;
• Add channel/group set up functionality and tie them to the smart contract;
• Add/remove users of the channel (tied smart contract alteration);
• Improve the FAQ section and support/help-desk for the users;
13-24 weeks (mid-Sep - Dec) - 2nd feature set implementation:
• Voice-call functionality;
• Automatic/scheduled/auto-expiring messaging functionalities;
• App for iOS/Android
Let us know what you think of this solution and if you think this is something that will assist the Secret Network community to grow as well to maintain our privacy and security!
P.S. Follow the Altermail channel in Secret Network discord.
Don’t hesitate to sign up as an early-access user to get more details on a weekly basis. Visit our site https://altermail.co/ or just DM any of us.
All the best,