CotCot

Same same, but different.

COTCOT

COTCOT

Same, same, but different



COTCOT is an open, professional messaging platform that is free to use. Not so-called “free” where you pay with your data and privacy,  but truly free. No ads. No data mining. No trackers. No catch.

We do not share, sell, or use your personal data other than to serve you and only you.

 COTCOT is a private, independent web-app, that has been created because we could not find a messaging platform that offers the features we were seeking.

Using COTCOT, we found it more useful than other messaging services, so we decided to make COTCOT available to all, as a public good, not as a profit-making venture.

Users of COTCOT can communicate one-on-one or as a group, simply, securely, and reliably, on a variety of media - text, audio, photo,video, and documents. While these sound like the same features of any messaging platform, COTCOT is different in several important aspects.

 

Universally accessible

COTCOT is web-based, not app-based. There is no need for you to download an app to any device. Because it is web-based, COTCOT is universally accessible. It is available for use anywhere in the world by anyone who has access to the Internet.

 As an additional and direct benefit of not being an app, your encrypted messages cannot be compromised because the text you send and receive are not shared with Google's Android or Apple's IOS notification center.


Multiple devices
COTCOT is not specific to any device. You can use COTCOT messaging service on multiple devices all at the same time, be it your phone, tablet, or computer.

One more important feature that COTCOT can be useful for, is as an Emergency aid.

Nowadays, all our life and memory is in our mobile phone. But what if we lost it and we are far from home or in trouble?

COTCOT is helpful in an emergency, for example, when you lose your mobile phone in a strange place, or run out of battery, and you need to urgently contact loved ones or critical business associates, but you do not have their phone numbers as everything was stored in your phone that you've lost.

If you have established prior connection on COTCOT with the key people in your life, you can easily contact them from anywhere, at any time, without installing anything, from any computer or mobile phone of anybody else, While this is useful generally, it is invaluable in an emergency where your mobile phone might not be readily available for you.
 

No personal disclosure

COTCOT has a super simple registration procedure. You don’t need to disclose your real name, telephone number or email address in order to start chat. Upon registration, you will be given your COTCOT user ID. People can chat with you using only your COTCOT user ID.

We do ask for email and phone verification only in case you want to send and store not only text but also files, to protect the system from bot-users and abusers and overloaded traffic that will slow down the service for everybody.

We do not save, share or use these data other then to verify that you are a real user and not a bot or service abuser.

However, if we will be ordered by a valid court order to share your data with authorities for crime investigation, we will do so as required by the law.


Privacy control

COTCOT gives you full control over your privacy. You choose what information you want to reveal about yourself publicly. If you want people to find you by telephone number of email address, you can show that in your “how people can find me” settings.
 

Multiple profiles

COTCOT gives you the flexibility to create multiple profiles with different nicknames, profile photos and descriptions.

You can present your separate personal, family, professional, and business profiles, all in one place. There is no need for you to get additional account, phone number, or email address,  to accommodate the different profiles.


Data storage

COTCOT provides for your files and messages to be encrypted and stored in a COTCOT dedicated file storage server. Data are not stored in your telephone or any of your devices.

When you delete your content, it will be totally deleted on the server, with no copy saved as we do not have any “big brother” who is financing the storage we give.

Currently, we do not have specific file-storage limit, so long as it is for Fair-Use.  We run an automated process that check the total available storage we can afford to give, and delete old files from all the users in order to free space for new files.

You are advised to save important files at least once a month. You will get a system notification 3 days before old files are deleted, with the option to download them all as a zip file. Meanwhile, we are working to find a solution to provide unlimited storage without compromising users privacy.
 

Live customer support  

COTCOT also can be used as a marketing tool, lets you take customer communication, engagement, care, and satisfaction to the next level. COTCOT allows you to create a dedicated URL that can be used as a live-support chat with your website visitors.

 With this URL, your website’s visitors can contact and chat with you in real time or leave you an offline messages if you are not available. All this can be done with just one click, from any device, totally free for them and for you.
 

Invitation Code

Invite people to chat with you live, simply by sending them an invitation code.

By entering this code in COTCOT.com website, they can bypass the registration as new users, to find and add you as a friend or wait for you to confirm allowing them to chat with you.  

One code does it all for you and them automatically. This is ideal to establish live and direct communication with customers on eCommerce platforms, such as eBay and Amazon, and on freelancers’ platforms.


Chat rooms

Connect your teams and streamline communications by creating public or private chat rooms to share ideas and projects, streamline conversations, or spark instant communities collaborating in real time. This is done conveniently without having to install any App or software.

Encrypted, secure, private, or public as you choose, with your full control on who can read, join, and what messages to allow or delete. Invite people to chat with you live, simply by sending them an invitation code. All this for free, simply by clicking on the “create a room” link on the COTCOT.com website.



OUR PRINCIPLES


In creating COTCOT, we are guided by the following principles.

You can consider it as our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use too.

 
1. Data belong to users

We believe that data belong to users and not to platform operators. We do not require you to disclose your real name, phone number or email address to use this service. And even when you chose to add your phone or email details to your profile, we do nothing with it. Not selling it, not sharing it, not mining it.

 We do not have the right to use your data for anything outside the purpose of serving you better and improving the usage of our system.Your data belong to you.

We do collect all the common information that we need, such as cookies, to serve our users better. As system developers and platform operators, we have the ability to look at your content, same as any other system developer.However, we only do this when we are forced to do so by the law, or to provide technical support.

 We do our best to encrypt and protect any third party from spying on you. However, you should be aware that nothing on the Internet is absolutely protected. Every communication between two Internet users has to cross many hubs, links, and access points all over the globe, and this could open the door to those with the capacity, tools, and interest to spy on you, out of our knowledge or control.

When you delete your content, it is totally deleted. We do not save any copy of it whatsoever. However, be aware that the content that you sent to others on this service might remain on their possession.


 2. Service is free

This service is free. Fully and really free. You do not pay for it with money or your data. Advertisers, sorry. Please go and invest your money elsewhere. We do not like it. It’s just annoying. In other words: this is not a commercial product, it’s simply a private, not-for-profit venture providing a public good.

 In order to keep this service genuinely free, we must limit and manage the file storage.The way we do it is by auto deleting old files, in order to release storage for new files on a first-in first-out basis (FIFO).


3. Compliance is a must

We fully support democratizing the Internet and freedom of expression, but we are not above the law. So we are committed to legal compliance.

If we get a legitimate order from the relevant authorities to expose your data, we will cooperate to stop abusive, illegal or criminal activities, unless we have reason to believe that the order is an infringement of human rights and against the public's interest.

In other words: This is not a service to hide from authorities. As we are all on the internet, you should assume that all your communications -on COTCOT or on any other web-based or app-based service- are not fully secure, just as ALL your communications with any IOS or Android app are NOT fully protected from 3rd parties, illegal and unauthorized spying on you.  

We have no political agenda for this platform, and no intention to enforce our views on anyone.

So, If you are Chinese you will have to comply with Chinese laws, just as we will, regardless of whether we like it or not.

If you are American you will have to comply with American laws, just as we will, whether we like it or not, and so forth.

We do not have to agree or like your law. We are not here to challenge it. This is simply a straight forward messaging service. Enjoy it. Lawfully. Do not abuse it.
 

4. Misuse is not tolerated

This service reflects our goodwill to all users. if it is misused or abused in a material way, we will consider changing our registration procedure to enforce verification of identity.

As long as people continue to use the platform without abusing it, we prefer to keep it this way. So please use COTCOT wisely, lawfully and for good.
 

5. Do and don’t

We do not allow to use COTCOT for any illegal activity.

We do not allow porn content on group and public rooms.

We do not allow adults to communicate with children under 18, that are not their close family.

Children can use COTCOT only by a parent-registration avvount, allowing the parents to monitor children's activities in real time, so they can block users and take actions against abusers.

We do not allow the service to be used to buy, sell, or negotiate, any illegal deals, products, or services.

We do not allow using the service to orchestrate illegal protest, anti- government activities or blackmail.

As a web-based service, COTCOT is open to use in any country and every user must observe the unique laws of his country.


6. Respect for your data
 
As the designers and operators of this platform, we technically CAN so called “hack” your account, and technically speaking, we CAN read your content, just as Google and Apple can read all your mobile phone content.

But We, do not do it. we are really and genuinely trying to provide an open, free, useful and joyful service. As privacy- freaks we treat your data with real respect, not just a endless, tricky and double meanings privacy policy Blah Blah Blah…

However, as you are on the public space of the internet, and your encrypted data and your device can be compromised in so many ways by so many 3rd parties, we recommend that you trust nobody too much (but don’t be too paranoid either).

Assume that anybody can listen to you. Sing like nobody’s listening, dance as no one is looking, love as there is no tomorrow, but do no harm - as on the internet everybody watching you (and since 1984 to date, the good guys as well as the bad guys got much better tools to do it).


About support.

Just as any other technology in the world, COTCOT is in a never ending beta mode. We keep testing, improving, developing, adding new features and updating the current one.

We do provide technical support, as much as our free time allows, via chat.

If you face any technical problem, have a good idea how to improve the service or you want to alert us about illegal activity on our platform please click the support link bellow to contact us directly.

Advertisers, please do NOT contact us, we are not going to change our mind.

Big Data companies, your money is not welcome here. please do NOT contact us.

Investors, thank you for your interest, but we are not for profit. We do not look for investments, as it might compromise the nature of this service as we want it to be: really free and respecting users interest.


Thank you, and we really hope you can enjoy COTCOT.