8 Secure Instant Messaging Apps That Encrypt Your Texts
Internet is not a safe place anymore! Perhaps you have heard this a lot recently. The documents Edward Snowden revealed to the media about the NSA show that around 200 million text messages of citizens all around the world were being collected on a daily basis and this has been going on for some time! This massive amount of stolen information from the citizens includes all your phone calls, your text messages, your location, and details related to your personal and professional life. This can be easily done by sending a malware to your email address or by downloading leaky apps on your devices.
Leaking private data is also possible when you use some messaging apps on your devices. Millions of users install messaging apps on their smartphones everyday. These apps highlight various interesting features to the users without highlighting their security measures or indicating how much they care about the users privacy inside their app.
Here you can find a list of secure messaging apps that offer higher security measures compared to other mainstream and highly used apps. The following list has been published by Electronic Frontier Foundation (www.eff.org), a leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. These apps are chosen based on specific encryption criteria on Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website.
Chat with groups of friends, Send files and photos, Connect to Facebook Messenger. Cryptocat brings encrypted, anonymous chatting to your computer for free. Think of it like a burner for secure instant messaging.
ChatSecure is a free and open source messaging app that features OTR encryption over XMPP. You can connect to your existing accounts on Facebook or Google, create new accounts on public XMPP servers(including via Tor), or even connect to your own server for extra security.
Available for: Android and iOS.
Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time. Pidgin is compatible with these chat networks: AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Ltus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MXit, and Zephur. It can also support many more with plugins.
Available on: Windows, OSX, Unix, Windows.
Makes private calls and video conferences more secure with an encrypted peer-to-peer VoIP service that operate worldwide with HD clarity over 3G, 4G or WiFi networks. Being out of the office should never hold up your business. Silent Circle lets you have those vital, closed-door conversations, no matter where you are, with up to 6 other participants.
Automatically encrypt your text messages. Includes Burn functionality, which destroys selected messages.
Calls aren’t ideal for all of our communication needs, but emails and native texting applications leave a hackable trail. Silent Text allows you to message and share files while ensuring your privacy is upheld.
Sends end-to-end encrypted group, text, picture, and video messages between Signal on iPhone and TextSexure on Android, all without SMS and MMS fees.
Available on: Android, iOS
Telegram (Secret Chats)
Telegram secret chats feature can be programmed to self-destruct automatically from both participating devices. This way you can send all types of disappearing content – messages, photos, videos and files. Secret chats use end-to-end encryption to ensure that a message can only be read by its intended recipient (and nobody else!)
Available on: Android, iOS and Desktop and Mac.
Created by the same developers of “Signal”, mentioned earlier on this list. With TextSecure you can communicate instantly while avoiding SMS fees, create groups so that you can chat in real time with all friends at once, and share media or attachments all with complete privacy. the server never has access to any of your communication and never stores any of your data.
Available on: Android.
Besides many other things, Getting familiar with such apps that increase your online privacy and encrypt your personal data is one of the most important actions you need to take to protect yourself and the people you care about. Follow Betternet blog to keep yourself updated about useful online tips, tech news, and the latest news and updates.
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