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TH­ESE RUN­NERS-UP APPS FOR SE­CURE CHAT­TING.

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GLIPH BUY, SELL, CHAT Free with IAP | gli.ph

Gliph prom­ises pri­vacy by en­crypt­ing every mes­sage sent and re­ceived, along with of­fer­ing users Lock­down Pri­vacy Pro­tec­tion that dis­ables the Pass­word Re­set op­tion that en­sures ac­counts can’t be com­pro­mised. And the Real Delete op­tion on the app lets users per­ma­nently delete mes­sages from senders’ or re­ceivers’ phones, as well as the Gliph server. Users can even set a pseu­do­nym to their ac­count if they wanted. There’s also a desk­top app that can be used while you’re sit­ting down at your PC.

WICKR ME PO­LIT­I­CAL SE­CU­RITY Free | www.wickr.com

Other than stan­dard mes­sag­ing fea­tures — in­clud­ing sup­port­ing group chats with up to 10 peo­ple — this end-to-end en­crypted chat app has been the go-to se­cure plat­form for many a world leader and jour­nal­ist, in­clud­ing Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull. The app al­lows users to set an ‘ex­piry date’ for every mes­sage, af­ter which it will be au­to­mat­i­cally and ir­re­versibly deleted. Wickr even re­moves meta­data from their records, like ge­olo­ca­tion, time and user iden­ti­ties. Users can also delete files that have been saved on the de­vice’s mem­ory.

WHAT­SAPP WHAT’S UP, FOLKS? Free | www.what­sapp.com

What­sApp is the world’s most pop­u­lar mes­sag­ing app. So it was re­ally good news when the part­ner­ship with Open Whis­per Sys­tems was an­nounced. What­sApp now has Sig­nal’s Tex­tSe­cure pro­to­col in­te­grated into the app, en­sur­ing end-to-end en­cryp­tion. How­ever, while mes­sage con­tent is pri­vate, What­sApp servers can still iden­tify the senders and re­ceivers in a con­ver­sa­tion, and un­less your phone’s pass­code is strong, mes­sages stored on your phone aren’t re­ally se­cure. While it’s not as good as Sig­nal, for most peo­ple, its pop­u­lar­ity will ar­guably out­weigh that — and there’s a very good chance many of your con­tacts are al­ready us­ing What­sApp.

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