The new Telegram update is a joy for those cherishing privacy: it enables users to create blockchain-based anonymous numbers instead of using cell phone details
Telegram’s new 9.2 update, launched on Dec. 6 features the ability to get a Telegram account without a SIM card. A new level of privacy is enabled by blockchain-powered anonymous numbers available on the Fragment platform.
Although the messaging platform already hides customers’ private phone numbers from non-added users, Telegram customers would now be able to reach ultimate privacy.
Fragment, a decentralised auction platform founded by Pavel Durov, already sells user names compatible with Telegram. From now on, it would also support anonymous blockchain numbers. Purchases are completed via Telegram’s affiliated token – The Open Network (TON).
While random numbers cost about $16 (9 TON), interested customers can make a bid in an auction to get a specific anonymous no-sim account. Currently, “+888 8 888” has the highest bid of 34,729 TON ($63,901).
As for the additional privacy features, Telegram 9.2 expands user control over their message history. Customers can now set a global auto-delete timer to automatically remove messages in all new chats. Besides, auto-deletion becomes easier for existing chats and small private groups.
Generating a temporary QR code will now let you instantly add new contacts without revealing your phone number.
Finally, admins of groups with over 200 members can give a try to the new Aggressive mode for the automated spam filters.