WhatsApp has some competing applications for Android and iPhone (iOS), providing a wide range of options for those who want to exchange messages online. In addition to Messenger, which is also owned by Facebook, apps like Telegram and Signal can become more secure options for content sent, although WhatsApp also has end-to-end encryption – each app has its own protection methods and its functions with a focus on privacy. THE TechTudo prepared a list with four messengers that offer options to make your chats more secure.
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Learn how to enable end-to-end encryption on Facebook Messenger – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa
One of the most used platforms in the world, Messenger does not offer end-to-end encryption by default. Therefore, the user should look for the secret chat feature, which is only available in the mobile messenger version. The function allows to prevent messages from being seen by third parties, in addition to the possibility of defining a specific period for the content to be self-destructing. THE TechTudo has a tutorial that teaches you how to use the secret Messenger conversation.
Like WhatsApp, Messenger is owned by Facebook, a company that has been involved in scandals with data leaks. However, the social network says it guarantees the security of messages exchanged in its apps.
Use the Telegram secret chat settings – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa
Telegram says it has the safety of its users as its main focus. The company has existed since 2013 and its encryption method developed in-house is not open source. Common app conversations are «scrambled» between the sender’s individual handset and Telegram’s server, as well as between the receiver’s phone and server. This is done so that users have backups in the cloud and access to their conversation history from any device.
Most of the app’s privacy options are only available through the secret chat feature, where the user can use end-to-end encryption. It is possible to activate the self-destruction of messages, prevent the sending of content or retroactively delete entire conversations on the sender and receiver side. Recently, however, the security of the app was put in doubt after the leak of private conversations between the Minister of Justice, Sérgio Moro, and the Attorney of the Federal Public Ministry, Deltan Dallagnol.
Signal is a messenger that promises to be super safe – Photo: Disclosure / Signal
Signal is usually considered one of the best options with regard to the privacy of its users, following the proposal of being an ultra-secure messenger. With end-to-end encryption, your chats are completely «scrambled» by default, as are metadata and the people the user talks to. In addition, messages can be sent anonymously or self-destruct. The app’s weak point is the low preference of users for the platform. See how to use the app in the tutorial TechTudo.
Bleep gained iOS version, after versions for Windows, Mac and Android – Photo: Reproduction / Anna Kellen Bull
Bleep also aims to be one of the safest messengers available on the market. The application uses P2P technology and allows sending text messages or making voice calls online. It also features end-to-end encryption in factory settings, which allows all data exchanged by users to be stored only on their own devices.
When the app is installed, the user also receives a key created exclusively for him, which allows Bleep access to any device he owns. Learn how to use the app with this walkthrough of TechTudo.
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