The TON network, developed by the TON Foundation, recently unveiled a new on-chain encrypted messaging feature, allowing users to send private messages within the network. TON, which originated from code created by the Telegram instant messaging app team, was forked and open-sourced after Telegram abandoned the project in July 2020 before its mainnet launch.
TON network rolls out a new encrypted feature on the network
The TON Foundation has since taken charge of building the current TON network, which is designed to provide greater scalability and transaction throughput while maintaining decentralization within the Web3 ecosystem. Previously, TON users could send messages in transactions, but these messages were publicly visible. The newly introduced feature now enables end-to-end encryption of messages, ensuring that only the intended recipient can read them.
According to Anatoly Makosov, a core developer for TON, the encrypted messaging feature adds a level of personalization to transactions. Users can include personalized texts such as “for coffee” or “happy birthday” when sending Toncoin, Jettons, or NFTs on TON. This popular feature has now been enhanced with full encryption, enhancing privacy and security.
Additionally, Makosov highlighted that the encrypted messaging feature could serve as a reliable method of communication in extreme scenarios like an “apocalypse” where traditional messenger servers fail. In such cases, TON can provide a safeguarded and dependable platform for private communication. To access the encrypted messaging feature, users can currently utilize various retail wallet apps, including MyTonWallet, OpenMask, and TON Wallet. The TON Foundation plans to incorporate this feature into the mobile wallet Tonkeeper through upcoming updates, as stated in the announcement.
The foundation wants to drive growth with the new feature
In line with efforts to foster network growth, the TON Foundation launched a $25 million accelerator program in May. The program aims to incentivize app developers to build applications on the TON network, further expanding its functionality and user base. Furthermore, in November, an independent development team introduced a Telegram trading bot to facilitate user onboarding to TON.
By integrating on-chain encrypted messaging, the TON network demonstrates its commitment to privacy and security, catering to users’ increasing demand for enhanced data protection. This feature aligns with the broader industry trend of prioritizing user privacy and confidentiality within blockchain networks.
As the TON ecosystem continues to evolve, the introduction of new features and developer initiatives is expected to contribute to its growth and adoption. The TON Foundation remains dedicated to establishing TON as a robust and decentralized network, offering scalability, transaction throughput, and now, encrypted messaging capabilities. With TON’s ongoing advancements and the expanding range of applications built upon the network, it will be interesting to observe how the project progresses and how the blockchain community responds to its innovative features and potential use cases.