THESE RUNNERS-UP APPS FOR SECURE CHATTING.
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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.
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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.
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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.