Dikalo

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Dikalo ?

Dikalo which means “message” in the Cameroonian Douala language is a messaging app with a focus on anonymity, speed and security. Dikalo is fast, simple, easy to use and free. You can use Dikalo on all your devices at the same time. Your messages are seamlessly synced across any number of your phones, tablets or computers. Dikalo lets you send photos, videos, audios and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), as well as create groups with an unlimited number of people.

With Dikalo you can start a conversation with anyone on any device just by creating and sharing a simple key or link with the person. No sign up required. As a result Dikalo is a messaging application for all occasions. With friends and family, but also with people you dont know or dont necessary want to keep on your contact list.

Why did you create Dikalo ? Do we need another messaging app ?

We created Dikalo because we wanted a messaging platform that will help people connect with others without the need of giving up personal information. We wanted to create a messaging platform that put users in control of what private data they share with whom.

Most messaging apps require that you give out your phone number, email or username in order to chat with someone. Making it impossible to connect with someone on a temporary basis. Dikalo on the other hand is not tied to any of your information. In fact you can use Dikalo without even creating an account.

Not all connections should last forever. With Dikalo we want to help you avoid the risks and hassles associated with exchanging your contact information with people you don’t know(yet), but still be able to chat in a fun, unique way. No need to give out fake numbers, spam email addresses, or disposable account information.

With Dikalo we are creating a messaging platform that works for all occasions. All in one single application.

We are evolving every day. So make sure you check our blog and follow us on twitter and facebook to stay in touch.

When would I use Dikalo ?

Dikalo is for everyone who wants fast and reliable messaging while keeping full control over personal information. Users decide when and with who they want to share private data (e.g tefonnumber, email, facebook id, etc ...). Dikalo does not require any of those data in order to let you send messages.

Therefore Dikalo is perfect when you’re meeting someone for the first time, contacting someone on a temporary basis. So, scenarios such as meeting someone in a bar or at a conference, selling or buying something on Craigslist, Ebay, Amazon, etc ... Online dating, speed dating, customer support, etc...

Dikalo comes handy when you are dealing with people you want to keep off your contact list but still like to communicate with in realtime. These may be contacts like the members in a PTA or the players you are coaching or campaign workers you are managing, for instance. There are a myriad of such needs.

Since Dikalo is a complete messaging platform you can also have a friend list and chat with them like on any other messaging app.

How is Dikalo different from other messaging apps like Whatsapp, Telegram and co ?

Unlike others services Dikalo is built around anonymity. As a result you can use Dikalo without creating an account. You can create as much conversations as you like with an unlimited number of people for free and forever. No registration required.

And even when you create an account on Dikalo we do not ask for your phone number or any personal information. We do ask your e-mail address in order to verify the registration process but never save that email on our servers. Frankly we simply don't want to know anything personal about you. All we care about is delivering your messages in the fastest, most secure, private and reliable way possible. Who you are and what you are sending to whom is none of our business and we like to keep it that way.

Because Dikalo is built around anonymity you don't have to give up any personal information to communicate with someone like on other messaging apps. For example Whatsapp and other apps wont allow you to chat with someone unless you know her phone number. Whatsapp wont even work on another device unless your phone is on and connected to the internet. We found this pretty limiting.

Dikalo is the only messaging app that helps you easily communicate with people you know and those you don't without giving up any personal information. All within the same app.

Is Dikalo only for messaging with strangers ?

No. You can invite your friends to join you on Dikalo and use it like any other messaging application. To invite friends you will however need to create an account.

When you create an account on Dikalo we use your e-mail address to verify the registration process. This is to ensure that we are dealing with a real person. The emails we process are saved encrypted on our servers so there is no way for us to track you back. This also ensures that you will never get any marketing email from us. Ever.

Dikalo is based around anonymity. We want to have as less information as possible about our users. This is why we don't save your email in clear text and are not interested in doing so.

What are Dikalo conversation keys ?

When you create a random conversation (conversation with someone that's not on your friend list) on Dikalo the system generates 2 keys for that conversation. A public key that you should share with anyone you want to talk to and a private key. The private key is for your use only and should not be share publicly. Use the private key when you rejoin the conversation a at later point. DO NOT SHARE THE PRIVATE KEY WITH ANYONE !

Anyone with the public key can write you in realtime using that key. You can generate an unlimited number of keys and have an unlimited number of people joining each conversation key.

You can also invalidate any public key at any time. Once a key has been invalidated no one can contact you using that key anymore. Forever.

Are my conversations private and secured ?

Yes! We are extremely commited to anonymity, privacy and security. Our main goal is delivering your messages in the fastest, most secure, most reliable way possible. Only you and the person you are talking with can read the messages in your conversation. We use state-of-the-art security measures when handling your messages. Every message you send is fully encrypted and securely stored. We are not interested in your personal information nor in what content you are sending to whom. We don't keep track on what you do online and don't resell your data. In fact we cant sell your data because we don't have them. Read our privacy policy for the full story.

How can I talk to someone I don't know ?

Simply generate a conversation on Dikalo and feel free to post your public key on public forums, social media, email. etc ... to connect to people you may not personally know. You will get messages in realtime on any of your connected devices once someone send a message using the key you shared.

DO NOT SHARE ANY PRIVATE KEY! Private keys are for your personal use.

Can someone talk to me after I delete a key ?

No. If at any time you wish to stop talking to someone, you can end a conversation by invalidating the conversation key and there’s no way for that person to contact you again. Ending a conversation key keeps the message history intact. If you want to remove it permanently, you can choose to delete it instead.

How many keys can I generate ?

You can generate an unlimited number of keys and talk to an unlimited number of person using that key. Per default each key allows you to talk to 1 persons. But this can be easily changed when you generate the key.

Which device can I use?

Dikalo is currently available on the web. We also offers native clients for Window, Mac OS,Linux and Android(beta).

Work on native mobile apps for iOS is ongoing. Stay tuned for more infos soon.

How are you going to make money out of this ?

We believe in fast and secure messaging that is also 100% free. This is why you can use Dikalo anytime without creating an account forever and for free.

But we are a small startup with very limited resources. As a result we will display random ads when you spend a certain amount of time without typing.

Wait. What ? Did we just say ads? Privacy and ads ? Please read along.

The ads are completely random and not based on your data (remember we don't want and don't have them) or your online behavior. We display an ad in form of a lock screen only wen you stay a certain amount of time without typing. All you have to do is unlock the screen and you can keep on enjoying Dikalo.

While you might get ads you are not interested in (because they are random) we think it s a fair concession since it helps us keep the system running a free to use for you.

You can also become a paying customer with a subscription fee of 0.99€ per month and you will not receive any ad. See our pricing page for more information.

What if I have another question ?

Feel free to reach out to us on twitter, facebook or via e-mail.