By allowing support for anonymous, $16 blockchain-based phone lines, Telegram has improved its security measures.

A recent update to the messaging program Telegram now lets users create accounts using anonymous numbers based on the blockchain rather than cell phone numbers.

Private phone numbers are already hidden from non-added users of Telegram. Users will now have the option to make their phone numbers secret from others, which is sure to gratify those who appreciate privacy-focused features.

The messaging service has gained popularity among cryptocurrency fans. The change is a part of an update 9.2 that went live on December 6 and allows users to automatically eliminate timers on messages in brand-new chats.

Users must purchase "blockchain-powered anonymous numbers" from Fragment, the decentralized auction website that Pavel Durov, the creator of Telegram, launched, in order to make advantage of the functionality.

User identities and anonymous phone numbers that are exclusive to Telegram are sold by Fragment. The Open Network, a cryptocurrency linked with Telegram, is used for purchases on the site (TON).

Fragment, however, does not provide its services to residents of the United States.

People can then use these private numbers after acquiring a number to join in to Telegram and receive SMS with verification codes.

On Fragment, users can buy a random number for 9 TON, or $16, or they can buy and sell them in an auction. Since "+888 8 888" currently has the highest bid of 33,075 TON, or $60,527, it appears that some specific numbers are drawing a lot of interest.

In reaction to yet another instance of misbehavior by a centralized crypto organization, Durov disclosed via his Telegram channel on Nov. 30 that the business is developing a set of decentralized tools in the wake of the FTX fiasco last month.

Durov added to Fragment by saying that among other things, Telegram plans to release noncustodial wallets and decentralized exchanges. He wrote:

“The solution is clear: blockchain-based projects should go back to their roots – decentralization. Cryptocurrency users should switch to trustless transactions and self-hosted wallets that don't rely on any single third party.”
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