Sending unecrypted messages can be a privacy and security nightmare. SMS messages can be intercepted, and companies such as Facebook own WhatsApp, putting their privacy claims into serious question. So when it comes to choosing an app and service to communitcate, look to one of these apps below.
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Use Instead Of: WhatsApp, Facebook Messanger, Telegram, SMS, Zoom, Snapchat, Discord, or Slack.
Signal is a mobile app developed by Open Whisper Systems. The app provides instant messaging, as well as voice and video calling. All communications are end-to-end encrypted.
Element - Decentralized
All-in-one secure chat app for teams, friends and organisations. Keeps conversations in your control, safe from data-mining and ads. Talk to everyone through the open global Matrix network, protected by proper end-to-end encryption.
Threema is serious about maintaining their user's security and privacy. Their messaging and voice calling are both end-to-end encrypted, and you can sign up anonymously without a phone number or email address. In addition to their robust security, you can also create polls, transfer files, record audio, change your theme, and share your location.
Jitsi is a set of Open Source projects that allow you to easily build and deploy secure video conferencing solutions.
Jami - Decentralized
Jami is a free and universal communication platform which preserves the user's privacy and freedoms.