Secure messengers

Secure messengers

Social networks have ceased to be a place for communication and have become a place for self-affirmation and advertising. Now you can observe the trend, when people gradually “move” from social networks to the more comfortable messengers, where no one can reach them without knowing the phone number or nickname.

Today, every person on earth who has a smart phone, tablet or laptop is a user of at least one instant messenger, and more often several. The number of active users of the most popular instant messengers, such as Facebook messenger or What’s App in 2017 has exceeded one billion and continues to grow.

Nevertheless, how safe is this communication? All messengers provide the basic level of security, but all of them, one way or another, are forced to obey the legislation of those countries where their headquarters are located. Moreover, often it turns into a disaster for their users.

For example, Telegram, which requires the activation of the function of secret chat rooms, is not completely safe, but due to the reputation of its creator, as well as a vivid marketing campaign, the number of its users is growing at a fantastic pace.

Moreover, even in the case of other messengers that are not as popular, but much more secure, such as Signal or Ring, developers have a certain amount of control over the actions and messages of users.

We analysed and found out which messengers are more secure, but not very popular with consumers.

Signal Messenger

Yes, he is the favourite instant messenger of Edward Snowden and all users for whom privacy is not an empty phrase. The application was developed by Open Whisper Systems, which has been working for a long time to create reliable encryption protocols. So reliable that they are used in WhatsApp from Facebook and Allo from Google. The source code of mobile clients and the server part is published, so you should not be afraid of having hidden bookmarks in it.

As for functionality, all the essentials are there. You can send text and sound messages, pictures, videos, files and share a location. However, everything is encrypted and does not cause any doubts about reliability and security.

ADAMANT

The creators of ADAMANT decided to approach the problem of creating a secure messenger in a radical way. The unprecedented level of anonymity that can be provided by the blocking technology, ADAMANT Messenger (unlike the centralized messengers) does not associate the chat history with any particular person, because initially it is not tied to any user data. To create an account, you do not need a phone number, email address or social network profile. The only identifier is a wallet, which is anonymous.

Tox

Probably the most advanced tool now. This is a completely decentralized messenger-communicator, with voice, video, screen demonstration, conferences. All communications by default are encrypted and transmitted directly between users without servers. There are customers for Windows / Linux / OSX / Android. Unfortunately, the implementation of customers is damp in places, and some functions do not work between different platforms, but they are actively developing.

In the modern world, when a person spends a lot of time in the digital world, and also leaves a wide variety of different information there, security issues must be considered by them without fail. Messengers are a service that also collects information of varying degrees of criticality for the end user. In addition, the user should at least understand and know the opportunities that he can use in this or that messenger to ensure the security of his data. Moreover, to use or not such security mechanisms each user decides independently.

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