Albums, a secure app halfway between Google Photos and Instagram

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After Onoff, former athlete and entrepreneur Taig Khris announces the launch of a second mobile app. Called Albums, the latter offers to share its photos and videos in a secure way.

Albums, the new secure application for sharing photos and videos // Source: Albums SAS



Designing a secure alternative to Google Photos and Instagram at the same time is the bet of Taig Khris, the former athlete behind the virtual number application OnOff. But to that, he wants to add a secure touch made in Spain.

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Available on Android and iOS, Albums not only allows you to store your photos and videos, but also to share them while managing access rights.



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“I'm launching Albums to preserve the privacy of millions of people and give them the right tools to finally share and control the thousands of photos and videos they create every day,” Taig Khris explains, presenting his app. He admits to wanting to create “the reference application for sharing (…) while protecting our personal data. » 

30 TB of free storage

To quickly impose itself on the market, Google Photos initially distinguished itself by offering unlimited storage of photos and videos. However, the Californian firm recently announced that it wants to end this policy, with the exception of holders of a Pixel smartphone.

From June 1, 2021, each new photo or video will be counted towards the 15 GB of storage shared between Google Photos, Google Drive and Gmail.



Albums announces, meanwhile, storage up to 30 TB. Suffice to say that for most people, it is therefore a virtually unlimited space. For now, this storage is free. The purchase of additional storage will be possible thereafter.

From the app, it is possible to change the quality of content, zoom. Albums can be organized by folder, have a description added and it will be possible to modify the order of the photos later. Each user profile displays the photos and videos they want as well as in their timeline.

Security at the Heart of Albums

To stand out from its competitors, Taïg Khris insists on the enhanced security of the application. The developers of Albums approached the National Agency for the Security of Information Systems in order to propose, in the future, an end-to-end encryption system. The encryption key will not be stored on a cloud to prevent, in the event of hacking of the servers, that the videos or images can be consulted.


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The app will also be enriched with messaging in the form of chat which will allow audio and video calls. Everything will also be encrypted.


In an official presentation, the former champion claims that Albums will be the first application to offer real security for his media. It will thus be possible to add a secret code to hide one or more albums, which will only be visible to third parties if they have the code.

Peaceful sharing

The mobile application offers to share albums with contacts or by generating a link accessible via a QR code. It is then possible to manage the access rights. Thus, an album can become collaborative by allowing other people to add their photos to it, even naming them administrators, or else remaining in read-only mode.

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Albums also allows you to limit access over time, the number of connections, but also to disable comments. Note in passing that the developers have designed a device capable of identifying if a contact takes a screenshot.

Albums is openly positioned against GAFAM and wants to offer a Spanish and European alternative. It remains to be seen how the company will intend to offer this service in the long term and whether paid options will be introduced to ensure this almost unlimited storage that even Google has not been able to sustain after several years.


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