glitchi was created to take back our privacy

glitchi is a secure photo sharing app

Inspired by celebrity hacks, 2014 hacks, and in general, how little control we have over privacy, we wanted to create a solution that would make it impossible to get remotely hacked. Everything we post online, stays there forever. One day, it can reappear and hurt you at the most inconvenient moment. We’ve all come across this in one way or another, because today, we think twice before sharing something online.

Get your privacy back

We’ve lost our privacy. Every time we download an app, we have to accept their privacy terms, and agree to give up part of our freedom. But in reality, your privacy is part of what defines who you are. What allows you to be your unique self. When we created glitchi, we wanted to give people back their right to privacy. To be themselves, to share what they really feel, and what they’re thinking. No one has the right to take part in that private moment but you and the other people in it.

Keeping it just between you

glitchi is the only social network that gives you space to keep everything between you and your friends. No one including us, hackers and other curious eyes, is able to see your content in glitchi, because it’s only available on your device and the device of the friend that you’re sharing with. We’ve completely eliminated the passwords, because they suck in protecting you from unwanted snooping. Passwords are the easiest way for someone else to get into your account. Instead, we identify you by your phone, which is always with you. Most people get compromised by someone who wasn’t supposed to have access in the first place, not the friend they’re sharing with.

Taking paranoid out of security

Yes, there are secure apps out there. Apps that protect you from government spying on you, or an app that allows you to gossip on your coworkers without anyone finding out, or do illegal activity without getting caught. But most of us, we’ve got nothing to hide. We’re honest people who do good things and take care of our planet. These ultra secure apps don’t appeal to us, because it becomes all about security, when all we want is to share a photo privately. glitchi provides you with that ultra security without it ever being in your face. Instead, it gives you a way to add your own cover to your image, by letting you glitch a part of it. Every time you glitch, you visualize the encryption that happens in the background, and you create a fun surprise for you friends to discover when they unglitch the photo.

About us founders and why we care

Rajan and I, have lived around the globe, and eventually met in Bay Area, where we were able to combine our talents in tech and design to create glitchi. Rajan has been working on enterprise security for years, he’s passionate on making enterprise strength security accessible to regular consumers. Coming from a design background, I, like most people out there, didn’t know the ins and outs of staying secure online which made me vulnerable to hacker attacks. We both believe that staying secure shouldn’t be this hard. The celebrity hacks, and other leaks that happened in 2014 can now be prevented with glitchi.

Security Architecture

In the spirit of openness and being a big believer of the Kerckhoff’s principle – “A cryptosystem should be secure even if everything about the system, except the key, is public knowledge,” we are publishing our design.

Our uber goal is to make a safer internet. With the opening up of our design it could help us start the conversation, receive feedback and build a valuable product.

Consider few of the 2014 cyber Hacks

In none of the above was the information purposefully leaked by the sender/receiver. It was the system that was compromised. Either the server that stores the content was breached, social hacking of passwords, or in the case of snapchat, intercepting access to their backend. The architecture we created is meant to make these scenarios impossible. We ask our users to make the judgment who they trust, and we will provide a safe place to express yourself.

How we do it


Phone number verification to establish user.

Once verified the “hash” of phone number is stored. Privacy of our users is absolute. There is no reason for us to store the phone number.

Each user in glitchi has a public private key pair.

We use NaCl for the crypto library.

  • The private key is available only in the device
  • The public key is available in our servers
  • Private key in device is encrypted with unique safe key for each user available in server.
  • This additional validation requires establishing session with our server is a requirement to access the private key

Messages are encrypted with public key of the receiver.

We have optimized our solution to be able to send messages to as many receivers as required.

Receiver decrypts messages with local private key

Messages are opaque to our servers.

We do not have have the keys to decrypt them.

Signup Flow and Creating Key Pair

KeyPair Generation


Forgot Password

There is no passwords. The only way to use glitchi is on your phone with a valid SIM. The phone number is your identity.

glitchi Server Hacked

glitchi server only has encrypted copies of your messages. It does not have the keys to decrypt them. We have a few of my sample photos encrypted and stored in glitchi. Feel free to take a crack at it.

iCloud Backup compromised

This was one of the scenarios for the celebrity hack. glitchi private keys cannot be decrypted without accessing glitchi servers. Our servers require user to be authenticated with their phone number.

Lost Phone

glitchi cannot be valid in two devices at the same time. If you lose your phone, activate a new device with the same phone number. glitchi will no longer be active in the previous device.

We would love to know what you think and answer any questions you have. Please leave a comment below.