Secure Encrypted Messaging

iGolder offers a built-in secure messaging system to privately send and receive messages with other members.  This way, our members can communicate with total privacy and anonymity amongst themselves.  The messages are encrypted and recorded, making the chat conversation the ideal tool for negotiating minute details regarding a business transaction.

 

Secure Private Messaging

 

In the future, we will integrate a real-time chat messaging, similar as other Instant Messengers.  This feature has been postponed because we wanted to launch iGolder earlier.

 

Typically, a chat involves only two individuals.  All conversations remain confidential, unless both parties agree to invite a mediator to join the chat.  The task of the mediator is to understand the differences between the buyer and seller, and participate in the chat discussion to find a solution.  If mediation fails, then an arbitrator may join the chat.  The task of the arbitrator is to gather the facts and make a decision.  Since all chat messages are recorded by iGolder, the arbitrator can use the chat conversation as an "official" document concerning what was agreed upon.  The other tool available to the arbitrator is the Safetransitâ„¢ Conditions, where a document containing the performances and obligations of each party is linked to a specific transaction.  The arbitrator may also communicate with the buyer, seller and mediator (if any) to clarify certain questions before rendering a verdict.

 

Ideally, we would like the chat to be used solely when a buyer asks a question to a seller regarding a product or a service.  We feel, however, that recording the chat conversation is great feature adding value to the iGolder network in case of a dispute.  After all, if you wish to have an "off the record" conversation with another member, feel free to use email or any popular instant messenger services.  We value freedom of choice.

 

We welcome suggestions.  If you have ideas to improve iGolder, feel free to communicate with us.

 

 

Since August 1st, 2013 iGolder is no longer accepting new accounts and balances can only be redeemed. During the past years, we have been recommending Bitcoin more than our own payment system. We believe in physical gold ownership, and developed iGolder as a mechanism for people to acquire physical gold by trading with one another.

Since iGolder has a central point of failure (our server may be raided by thugs wearing some kind of uniform), we feet it is safer for us to cease operations. The iGolder experiment has been personally rewarding as we met many gold enthusiasts and also learned about Bitcoin in the process. For those who have no idea what Bitcoin is, we recommend doing your own research. Bitcoin is far superior to iGolder in every way, both in privacy and security as our server is always vulnerable to confiscation. Bitcoin is a communication protocol with a built-in "escrow service" capable of protecting both the buyer and the seller, rendering our Safetransit completely redundant. To learn more about the Bitcoin protocol and its feature, please watch "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD4L7xDNCmA (Bitcoin 2012 London: Mike Hearn).

For those having gold in their iGolder account, we will ship the physical metal to anyone having more than 1 ounce of gold, assuming the owner is willing to assume the shipping costs. For smaller quantities, we offer to settle in Bitcoin, however we will also settle with any other reasonable payment system. We will give everyone at least two full years (until 2016) to contact us to claim their gold. After that period, any unclaimed gold will go to fund an economic development project in Honduras helping local people to become entrepreneurs.

We sincerely wish you the best in life and hope to keep in contact with you.

Yours in liberty,
The iGolder Team.


Update 2014: Since we announced we no longer accept gold transfers, we have received countless emails asking to keep the free gold charts and the PGP encryption tools. We plan to keep running the domain iGolder.com for both the gold charts and the encryption tools. Better, we are developing state of the art open-source software for a secure decentralized social network with a built-in wallet. We will announce when we have a product ready for use. Stay tuned!