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Are you looking for alternatives to WhatsApp Signal is the best alternative to WhatsApp

WhatsApp is changing its privacy policies. Here’s a list of alternatives to WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp enabled end-to-end encryption in the summer 2016 for billions of users around the globe. Everyone who uses Facebook’s messaging platform is protected from people spying on their messages, photos, and videos. This does not mean that Facebook knows everything about you.

End-to-end encryption is a method of scrambling messages sent by people using various cryptographic methods. This ensures that only the sender (and the recipient) can see the message. It is one of the best ways to chat online.

WhatsApp has made end-to-end encryption available to everyone since it was first introduced. Signal and Apple’s iMessage are both encrypted by default. Telegram, Google Android Messages and Zoom all offer encryption options.

WhatsApp is the largest encrypted platform that allows users to communicate with each other end-to-end. Change is on the horizon. WhatsApp will ask users to accept new terms and conditions starting May 15, 2021. These changes won’t affect end-to-end encryption, but they will allow people to interact with businesses in new ways. The changes announced by WhatsApp at the beginning of 2021 have been misinterpreted to mean that Facebook can access more of your data. If people do not agree, they will be removed from their account. Millions of users have abandoned WhatsApp in the wake of this decision and are now looking for alternative messaging apps.

There are also bigger changes in the future. Facebook plans to make its Messenger app and Instagram direct messaging part of the same encrypted infrastructure that WhatsApp uses. This will likely happen in 2022 and protect trillions of messages sent by users. It will also make it more difficult to escape Facebook’s massive data-tracking system.

 

There are many alternatives to messaging apps if privacy is more important than convenience. We’ve selected the top.

1. Signal

Signal is able to do almost everything WhatsApp cannot. Signal uses your phone’s internet connection to send encrypted messages, voice notes, and images to groups. Signal, like WhatsApp, allows you to make one-toone voice and video calls.

End-to-end encryption in the app means that any message sent to it is converted into unreadable code until it reaches its receiver. This eliminates the possibility of a third party intercepting it. Edward Snowden, an NSA leaker, has used the encrypted messenger a lot.

Signal’s code base is open-source and has been reviewed by privacy and security experts. It is now the most widely used encryption technology on the internet. Facebook and Google also use its tech in their messaging apps.

Brian Acton, WhatsApp’s co-founder and former Facebook user in September 2017, announced that Signal would have its own Foundation. This nonprofit aims to make private communication available to all.

 

Signal is our preferred encrypted messenger, but if you want to know more, keep reading. Android

2. Telegram

Telegram has become one of the most used messaging apps in China, with more than 500,000,000 people using it since its launch in August 2013. Telegram was created by Pavel Durov, an entrepreneur. It has been widely used in Russia and Iran where government have tried to ban it multiple times. However, Telegram’s policy changes led to Telegram’s benefit at the beginning of 2021. Durov stated that 25 million people had signed up for Telegram in less than 72 hours.

Telegram is an encrypted messaging application but it isn’t end-to-end encrypted by default. This has led to security specialists warning against using it, if you want the best private experience. Telegram doesn’t work in the same way as other messaging apps and is therefore not end-to-end encrypted. There are many options, including the “one-to–many” broadcast channels. These can be private or public and allow administrators to send messages to all subscribers. You can also create groups with up to 200,000 members or individual chats. End-to end encryption can be used for secret chats. iOS | Android

3. Wire

Another recommendation of Snowden is Wire. Like all of the apps here, this Switzerland-based messaging app is free to use, but it also offers premium paid tiers. Wire is also a “collaboration suite”, which allows file sharing and conference calls to be held.

 

Wire’s end-to-end encryption is default. The company also claims that its security has been audited using reports, although the most recent one is from 2018. These reports are available on the website. Wire can be used across all devices. It also syncs everything that’s end-to-end encrypted automatically. WhatsApp, for example, only works on one device. To register, you will need a phone number and an email. iOS | Android

4. Wickr

Wickr, like Wire is an app that’s more targeted at businesses than individuals. It offers secure chat rooms where users can meet up in a shared workspace. It’s free and called Wickr Me. However, there are paid versions available that support the free version. Similar to Slack, there are limitations on what you can do with your free account. Voice calls can also be made by more people if you pay for membership.

Wickr, unlike Slack is encrypted from end to end, screen sharing and multi-factor authentication are available to protect logins. You can set messages that will automatically delete after a certain time. You don’t need an email address or a phone number to register for this product. iOS | Android

5. Viber

The cross-platform messaging app was originally developed by Viber Media in Israel. In 2014, Rakuten bought it. End-to-end encryption ensures that individual messages, group messages, and media sharing can only be stored on the devices of the users and not in central Viber servers. It is very popular in Russia where there are over 100 million users. Android

Updated 15.06.21 at 06:00 GMT. This article was published originally on January 25, 2019, and has since been updated to include more recommendations. Matt Reynolds and Matt Burgess report.

 

 

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