Offering a more secure alternative to collaboration-centric platforms, Slack or Microsoft’s Yammer, Keybase takes it a step further, by incorporating end-to-end public key encryption on an open-source platform that comes complete with a communal cloud storage feature.
Unlike your Slacks, Basecamps or your Yammers, who put an emphasis on closed, intra-organizational collaboration, Keybase offers a more social environment where anyone can communicate and collaborate with anyone – via mobile or desktop – securely.
We live in a hyper-competitive age where enterprises and individuals have to be quick on the draw to stay ahead. To achieve that end, collaboration has become an absolute necessity in the day-to-day running of operations. Both startups and incumbent tech giants have put forward answers to the question of fostering effective team cohesion in the modern age. Their products have been predominantly targeted at corporates however, effectively locking a large group out of the platforms.
Think of Keybase as Slack, Twitter, and Dropbox all wrapped in one neat E2E encrypted package. It’s completely free and open-source for anyone to use. All this considered, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that people in the technology sector start using it. What we were surprised that they even offer private GIT repositories for free and we were thrilled to discover this feature. It was like a hidden treasure for us.
E2E Encryption is Keybase’s defining characteristic, as it permeates just about every aspect of the platform. from the platform’s multi-device functionality to its groups (known as teams), file storage, chats, and GIT repository (We did say, Keybase is a hit in tech-geek circles).
Keybase also sports an innovative Identity Verification model. Instead of the usual, a selfie with ID and identity verification, Keybase enables users to verify their identity by connecting their social media accounts and PGP keys through the platform, which simplifies the identity verification process.
Keybase created its own file-sharing system called KBFS. Files can be uploaded to two different folders, either public or private, which will be signed by you and have end-to-end encryption. Keybase offers 250 Gigabytes of storage space for teams and individuals. The service is both, free and heavily encrypted for convenient and secure sharing.
Keybase allows super convenient in-chat sends, which you can denominate in your currency of choice. That means you can interact with people financially the same way you interact with them socially.
There’s a “$” button in direct chats and you click it you can send or request funds in desired fiat currency or Lumens.
Harnessing the power of Blockchain Technology, Keybase also enables users to view and verify the cryptographic signature histories of other platform members (without compromising their data in any way, shape or form).
As a bonus, we found out that Keybase also allows users to set up a static website, free of charge.
Appearance & Interface
Once you have installed the Keybase, you will have to sign in with your username and password and create a name for the operating system you are signing in with. After signing in make sure to verify your e-mail address and phone number via SMS.
Once you sign in, go to your wallet and open it.
At first glance, the platform’s layout seems overwhelmingly unfamiliar but bares some similarities to Slack and other chat applications.
Fortunately, one quickly finds their way around the app quite easily and is using it with a degree of familiarity with 10 minutes or so.
Now we can get on with the next steps to become eligible for the XLM space drop.
How to Join Keybase Airdrop and Claim Free Lumens (XLM)
In order to join airdrop, you’ll need to install the app on at least 2 devices (mobile and desktop) and create a paper key. Additionally, you’ll need to verify your phone number.
Note: Not all users from all countries are accepted to join airdrop and below is the current list of acceptable countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Ecuador, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Greece, Guyana, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela.
Now go back to the wallets tab and check whether you qualify for the airdrop. If you followed these steps correctly, the prompt will show that you qualify and that you can join the space drop now.
In total, they are giving 2 billion Lumens (roughly $129 million USD) out using Keybase over the next 20 months. On the 15th of each month, SDF will give the next batch, divided equally among everyone.
At the moment of writing this article, there are 102,806 registered users. The next airdrop will be Nov 15, 2019, and 100 million Lumens will be equally shared to each user. Each user will receive approximately 500 Lumens.
Keybase is a free and open-source chatting application that is powered by public-key encryption. It is alternative to Slack, WhatsApp, Telegram, and other chat apps, whit slight difference allowing team encryption. It supports groups big and small, communities, and teams.
Eager to stay in the loop?
If you want to claim more Stellar for free, I suggest that you read the following articles: “How to Claim Free 25$ Stellar Lumens (XLM) with Blockchain wallet?” and “How to Claim Free 50$ Stellar Lumens (XLM) and other cryptocurrencies with Coinbase Earn?“.
If you want to find more info about Stellar and Stellar Lumens (XLM), in general, read our article “Stellar Network and Stellar Lumens (XLM) an Overview“.
If you want to find our more info about Keybase app read “Keybase App Tutorial“.