Are your messages private and secure? Or are they vulnerable to prying eyes? Today we’re taking a look the best choices on the App Store for reliable, secure messaging apps.
Telegram offers end-to-end encryption and have a ‘Secret Chat’ feature, that self-destruct messages after the conversation. Regular and Secret chats are encrypted, but during Secret chat no data stored on the company server.
The service is cloud-based, so message retrieval is possible from multiple devices. Telegram also reckon that the decentralised network of servers they use makes it one of the fastest messaging apps, as users connect to a nearby server that’s local to them. The app is completely free forever, with no ads. Telegram is available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Firefox OS, Windows, Liux, Mac OS X.
Signal has become the darling of privacy advocates and journalists like Edward Snowden and the folks at The Intercept. It’s your best option for making free encrypted phone calls. The mechanism used by Signal to verify the integrity of the encrypted conversation is wonderfully straightforward. Just read out the two words that appear on the screen after you connect; if the words are the same for you and your contact, the connection is secure. Signal is available for iOS, Android.
SecEMS is a privacy protection app with encryption messenger, private vault, private cloud features.
It offers end-to-end encryption so your messages can only be read by the intended recipients, with no data logged on SecEMS’s servers. Like Wickr, SecEMS lets you program your messages to self-destruct from both devices at a particular time so there’s no record of it. The ‘Safe box’ feature is the best way to hide your personal photos, videos and files of any type (doc, ppt, excel, pdf, zip, mp3, etc). It also has security private cloud integration and you can access your data from anywhere.
Wickr is a secure messaging app. It offers some serious control over who can read your messages. Self-destructing messages are the order of the day here, and Wickr allows you to set the duration for which your message is available, as well as a whitelist of recipients who can see it.
Each message gets its own unique AES 256-bit encryption key, and the app doesn’t need any personal information from you – making it both privacy and security conscious.