These are the 7 most secure popular texting apps

These Are The 7 Most Secure Popular Texting Apps

About 16 million text messages are sent each minute worldwide. This is just an estimate because it’s hard to get a real number due to the various limitations that a study of this scale has.

Text apps are an amazing way of keeping in touch with friends and family without distance limitations. It is also a great way of maintaining communication with co-workers and making a share of information fast and easy in the work environment.

For that single reason, the amount of shared information and the nature of its content has led to concerns regarding security. The need for having a secure text environment in which the information is not accessible to any third party has become a priority for several companies and users alike.

Since the word “best” is relative we can’t really give you a list of the best messaging apps. Instead, we created a list of the most popular messaging apps that also provide secure encryption.
Encrypted messaging solves a lot of problems by making it impossible for third parties to intercept and store your messages. And if they manage to do that, the information is not readily available and will only look like a string of code that makes no sense.

Here are the 7 most secure popular texting apps:

 

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1. WhatsApp

WhatsApp is the most widely used messaging app in the world. It has almost 2 billion monthly users and it is available for both Android and iOS.
What makes this app so popular is that despite being completely free to download, it has no annoying ads, it’s easy to use and of course, you get strong security.
Besides the obvious capability of sending and receiving text messages some of the amazing features included are location sharing, GIFs and other media, group chats, sharing documents, stickers and much more.

In 2014 WhatsApp integrated an end-to-end encrypted protocol that ensures nobody out of a conversation can read the messages, not even them. This end-to-end encryption is the same one used in Signal and it was integrated after the app partnered with Open Whisper Systems.

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2. iMessage

Equipped with end-to-end encryption, iMessage is probably the best chatting app for iPhone users. With an estimated 1.3 billion users predominantly in the US it does a great job safeguarding your texts.

It is quite a popular app for iOS users because it seamlessly integrates with the entire ecosystem. It works with iPhones, iPads, and macOS. The only downside is that it only works within that ecosystem. It is not possible for users of other operating systems to install it.

iMessage has a very simple user interface and works as an alternative to SMS/MMS messaging. It also offers tons of features including Memoji stickers and the ability to share photos, videos, YouTube links, and Spotify links without even leaving the app. It also shows different conversation colors if you are chatting with other iPhone users or Android users.

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3. Telegram

Telegram became extremely popular because it provides one of the strongest security available in chatting apps. It achieves this by connecting through a network of data centers in which your messages are securely encrypted.
Besides the encryption, you also get other security features such as the option to self-destruct messages after a given time or after being read by the receiver. You can enable “secret chats” and even self-destruct your account if you want.
The interface is quite easy to use. Even if it’s an app you’re not used to it does not require a long time to start feeling comfortable using it. Another plus is that it is completely free and does not show ads.
Telegram offers all the essential features that you would expect from such an app. Sending media files, videos, documents and other files of any type

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4. Viber

Viber has been around for quite a while now. It first became available for Android users back in 2012 but it was initially available for iPhone users.
With more than 260 million monthly users it is a popular texting app that offers security as well as great features. It provides users with end-to-end encryption available on all the platforms.
The user interface looks similar to Skype but it also uses a color-coded-system that tells you how secure your connection is. Simply put, Green is good, Red is bad and Grey is good but with an unknown contact. This is pretty useful because you can monitor and determine whether you should share certain information through a chat window.

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5. Signal Private Messenger

Talking about robust security Signal Private Messenger is one of the few apps endorsed by the famous whistleblower Edward Snowden. It provides its users with the peace of mind that you can get from its advances end-to-end encryption.
Signal Private Messenger has definitely earned a place among the most secure messaging apps. Both for Android users and iOS users.
Just like other text messaging apps Signal is completely free to use and it brings the biggest benefit of open source. It allows anyone to inspect the app’s code for security flaws or weaknesses.
The other security features include highly encrypted voice calls, messages that can self-destruct after a specified time, group chats and media transfer. Also, users have the convenient choice of using the app with a Google Chrome extension on a computer.

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