When it comes to communicating with someone, one issue is all the metadata that both parties leave behind. Unfortunately, metadata is currently retained for 2 years in Australia.

Retained metadata can be correlated with each other to link jornalists and information sources together

This walkthrough is showing the installation process of Ricochet. At the end of this guide, you will have Ricochet installed on your PC. You will be able to share your Ricochet ID on Twitter, so others can contact you anonymously.

Ricochet operates through the Tor network in a decentralised manner, so metadata is not retained anywhere.

Download Ricochet

Install Ricochet

Install Ricochet

Install Ricochet

Install Ricochet

Install Ricochet

Launch Ricochet

Launch Ricochet

The Tor client is already built-in to Ricochet, there is no need to run the Tor browser

Launch Ricochet

Launch Ricochet

Get Ricochet ID

You need to publish your Ricochet ID, so others can find you on the Ricochet network. Twitter is a good public platform for publishing your ID.

Tweet Ricochet ID

Get Ricochet ID from Twitter

Adding Ricochet Buddy

Adding Ricochet Buddy

Pending Ricochet Request

Accepting Buddy Request

Buddy on the Contact List

Buddy on the Contact List

Any of the parties can now initiate chat with each other. In the following case, the other person is dropping a line to the journalist.

Sending an IM over Ricochet

Sending an IM over Ricochet

Sending an IM over Ricochet

Ricochet cannot send or receive files. Have a look at our guides file exchange techniques that leaves no metadata behind.