In this day and age, there are lots of messaging apps on the market, each with its advantages and disadvantages. WhatsApp is the most popular one, enjoying millions of active users each month.
In recent months many users have started to be more preoccupied with privacy as some entities may seek to intercept your messages for a variety of nefarious purposes. Below you can find brief reviews that focus on the security strengths of WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal.
WhatsApp Vs. Telegram Vs. Signal
The fact that Facebook owns WhatsApp is not inspiring. Still, the company promises that all the data collected by the messaging apps will not be shared with the giant social media titan.
WhatsApp does include end-to-end encryption that can be enabled manually. Some will be amused by the fact that the encryption is based on the Signal Protocol (offered by the developers of the Signal app). The app will not store messages on its servers after they are delivered.
Telegram prides itself on the fact that the app was designed from the ground app with privacy in mind. The service relies on the MTProto encryption services in addition to other methods that seek to keep your data safe from prying eyes.
Most messages are stored on cloud servers but are heavily encrypted. If maximum security is your primary concern, there is the option to use Secret Chats. In this case, the messages are encrypted on both devices, and viewed messages cannot be accessed on a different device. Users will receive a notification if someone takes a screenshot of the conversation.
While not as popular as the other apps mentioned in this article, Signal is a reliable messaging app. The app offers end-to-end encryption based on custom-built protocol, and encryption keys are stored on your local device, a trait that makes it hard to steal. Signal is also an open-source project, and the organization is non-profit.
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