Privacy has always been a serious concern since the apps started taking over the internet. Let it be games, messengers or a simple health monitoring app, every app you install on your device needs to collect some sort of data from your phone. This is done to improve the user experience and bring new useful features to the app. However, all the apps aren’t the same and sometimes, collect sensitive information that isn’t fair at all. Doing so could highly compromise the users right to privacy. So you should know which apps to use and which you shouldn’t.
Telegram has been with us for quite a bit now. It’s great for group chats with many cool features. It has over 500 million monthly active users base and increasing day by day since the major change in WhatsApp policy update. It is also worth noting that it is the most downloaded app in the January 2021.
Telegram brings many cool features that WhatsApp and Telegram already have in addition to some extraordinary features that ain’t present in the former apps. It also has end-to-end encryption for voice calls, video calls and group chats. However end-to-end encryption can also be enabled for individual chats as well but you have to turn it on under Secret chat options.
- Send messages, photos, videos and files in any format
- No ads
- Create a group or channel with up to 200,000 members
- Find people with username along with saving contacts to the phonebook
- Cloud-based app with seamless sync
- Generally a better chat security system in contrast to WhatsApp
- Send file up to 2 GB
- Takes less than 100 MB of space on phone. Thanks to the cloud-based seamless sync
- No ads, no subscription free
- Auto delete messages with extended time from 24 hours up to 7 days
- Can start secret chat to use end-end-encryption
Talking about the features, it is a pretty straight forward app built in keeping in mind the privacy of the users. It keeps zero records of activities you have done on the app. This includes everything from messages, calls and other things you do on the app. Like WhatsApp, it also offers a measure to check if the messages exchanging between the two recipients isn’t being intercepted by a third-party. Here’s the list of all salient features of Signal.
- Built on the sole purpose to serve users a reliant, secure messaging experience.
- No Ads
- Everything on the app is end-to-end encrypted. No third-party can read, know what you are talking about.
- Metadata encryption- Encryption is now further extended to users metadata as well.
- Sealed Sender- No one will be able to know who is sending or receiving messages.
- Proxy support- Enables users to use Signal if it is blocked in their country. Can be turned on by in-built proxy support to connect to a proxy address.
- Incognito Keyboard- Turn this feature to type more securely while using Signal. Your keyboard won’t learn new words typed in. It also turns of autocomplete and autosuggestion to prevent tracking what you type using on the keyboard.
Threema is another great app and can be easily replaced with WhatsApp without losing any features. The first and the most important thing is, Threema offers end-to-end encryption to everything including voice calls, video calls, messages and even your status as well. This is great when you want a completely secure app that focuses more on privacy. However that’s not the end, it comes with other impressive features that aren’t present in the former apps. Users can create polls to know the opinions of fellow group members. Share any type of files, media and location. All these things are end-to-end protected.
Threema a paid app. It is available for 270rs in India. The price may vary according to the country. Users are required to do a one-time payment that will allow users to use this app for a lifetime. Keeping in mind all the features it provides, it is worth spending a few bucks on Threema rather than using WhatsApp which is free but also puts your private information in the wrong hands.
- Completely anonymous in use
- End-to-end encrypted
- All the chats are stored on your device rather than storing on servers
- Messages are deleted after they are delivered
- Uses trusted NaCl cryptography library for encryption
- Create polls to ask opinions of group members
- A phone number and email address is not required—No need to open an account or give any personal details
- Open source code that can be reviewed by anyone
- No user data is collected
- No ads are shown