You’ve probably heard about the recent Facebook data scandal (if not by now, you probably should look it up!) involving individual’s personal and private information being used for political gain. Many privacy-conscious users simply don’t use Facebook for these kind of reasons, but for the uninformed, it has certainly made a few people reconsider glancing over T&C’s before pressing “Agree.”
If you think about just how many messages you send through Facebook’s messenger app, and WhatsApp (owned by Facebook), how clear of a picture can they build of you from the things you say and who you say them to?
Facebook’s Messenger does have a feature called “Secret Conversation” which is seldom used by the masses but provides end-to-end encryption between the sender and recipient. On paper, this would result in Facebook themselves not being able to read the messages, but they’ve always been “so honest and transparent with their source code” so we should definitely trust that they’re true to their word.
These kinds of features are rarely used anyway because people these days generally prefer usability over security, that’s why passwords are typically simple and easy to remember, encryption and privacy settings that get in the way are turned off, and Facebook’s “Secret Conversation” feature definitely has its drawbacks that leads to people rarely using it.
So what can we do?
Enter Telegram! Telegram is a messaging app launched in 2013 with a focus on simplicity, speed, and security. It’s super-fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time (iPhone, Android, Mac, Windows) — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers but are completely encrypted so that Telegram themselves can’t even read them.
You can find Telegram for free in the app stores, or learn more here: https://telegram.org/
Why should I trust Telegram?
Pavel Durov (the privacy-conscious financial backer of Telegram) offered $300,000 to any hacker capable of deciphering a Telegram Message. The challenge ended with no winners – so they’re pretty serious about security: https://telegram.org/blog/cryptocontest
I myself have been using Telegram since 2013 and have found it to be excellent, it takes all of the best features from Apple’s iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp – but resolves all of the drawbacks (easy to use encryption, no media size limits, fastest message delivery time, works with very little signal strength etc.)
There are no ads, no small print, they don’t use your data (and they can’t even see it). Give Telegram a try below: