Is Slack Secure Enough

I sure do like Slack. It’s a hugely convenient service that I actually pay for.1 Many of my best friends are on Slack and it’s a continuous source of enjoyment and intelligent discussions for me. But I use it less now because I can’t trust its security.

From Techcrunch:

Slack has a lot of functions, but end-to-end encryption isn’t one of them, which makes the platform a no-go for some users. Launching to the public today, ClearChat comes along to save the day, serving the needs of the slightly more security-conscious teams, with chat, file transfer and more.

I don’t trust companies that bill themselves as “like Slack with Dropbox” unless they go quite a way to prove it. The website for ClearChat has changed over time and the price has disappeared from the information section.2 I do like the sound of end to end encryption. Let’s hope this is a priority for Slack as they grow in popularity among those of us stuck in a surveillance state.

  1. You are not a cheapskate if you don’t pay for Slack but you also aren’t a “supporter” as so many like to think. Slack is very expensive and I’m sure it costs money to run. ↩︎

  2. Funny enough, but the Slack preview of the ClearChat pricing page URL shows the old price they posted. ↩︎