We’re now living in an age where privacy is a luxury. Sad, but true. In reality, we normal consumers — we American’s living the dream — have no idea how much information we share and give up every day. To companies like Google when we search, to the government and even to friends we send messages to. For a glimpse of what I’m talking about, go watch CitizenFour (I haven’t seen it yet, but am eager to).
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Disclaimer: In no way am I anything close to a security expert. Plus, I haven’t actually used any of these so I can’t even tell you how well they work. Still, these seem like the best new encrypted messaging apps out there, so hopefully you find this list useful. But do your own research before using any of these services. It’d probably be a good idea to take a good look at the FAQ section of each app below as well (although Cyph needs to update theirs, lol; at the moment it has one question and answer).
I’m listing Wickr first not only because of it’s insane encryption and privacy but also because of it’s sleek design. With Wickr you’ll get decentralized peer-to-peer encryption with multiple rounds of “salted cryptographic hashing” protecting your ID and device. Plus, Wickr offers business options for enterprise teams who need tight communications security.
Open Whisper Systems
With an outright endorsement from none other than Edward Snowden, Open Whisper Systems allows you to not only send private messages but also to make private phone calls. What’s cool is that this is a completely free product/platform supported by community donations. With a number of high-profile advocates, it’s hard not to like OWS.
Telegram Messenger is more secure than mass market messenger apps like WhatsApp or Line. It’s also run as a nonprofit (meaning no commercial interests will every interfere with their mission). There is a Web version, Mac, PC and Linux versions and of course apps for iOS and Android, so it’s very usable cross platform.
Chadder is an encrypted messenger app that was developed by six students that works on iOS, Android and even Windows phones. The Ghosting feature allows messages to destruct after a time meaning once they are gone they are gone forever. With Chadder nothing is saved without your permission. Apparently Chadder is used by John McAfee — you know, the antivirus guy.
The following question should spark your interest in Cyph… Want protection from “agencies armed with theoretical quantum attacks?” To be honest, I don’t even know what that means, but it sounds very James Bond. According to the webTo crack a single Cyph message would require 1038 Tianhe-2 supercomputers running for the lifetime of the universe.” Sounds pretty impressive. Cyph can also handle secure video calls and file transfers.