With hacking and data breaches at a record high, it’s important to start taking in interest in the apps you use and what they do to protect your data.
Messengers have become one of the primary forms of communication and the exchange of information through applications has become so much the norm that many of us do not give a second thought to who else might be reading our conversations.
Many of the most popular messengers are not end-to-end encrypted, which means that chats are much more likely to be read by hackers, advertisers or law enforcement. So which messaging app should you choose if you’re concerned about data security?
What is Encryption?
Encryption scrambles words and messages whilst they are being transmitted to the message recipient. The coded messages will and can only be unlocked by the intended receiver, meaning that they are safe from hackers and other prying eyes on their journey there, because even if they are intercepted, they will not be able to be decrypted.
Messengers which are not End-to-End Encrypted
Instagram, Hangouts, Kik, Twitter, Skype and Snapchat do not have E2E encryption. This means the platform developer and law enforcement have access to all that you send using the messenger function of these apps.
Messengers with Optional Encryption
Google’s messenger app Allo, Telegram and Line offer the option to turn on end-2-end encryption, but it’s turned on by default.
Facebook Messenger does have encryption, but only encrypts that messages between the sender and their servers, meaning that although hackers cannot spy on the messages, Facebook itself can.
End-to-End Encrypted Messengers
iMessage is E2E encrypted, but only between iMessage users, if the application is used to send messages between an Android device and an iMessage user on iOS then the chats will not be secure.
When WhatsApp introduced end2end encryption around this time last year, everyone thought this would be the end to their ability to hand over messaging data to authorities; however in January of 2017 the flaws in WhatsApp’s encryption methods were exposed. Since then it has been proven that WhatsApp still has ways to access its’ user chat data and can continue to spy on its users. Plus, aside from that Whatsapp collects other user data such as phone numbers and names and shares them with its partner company, Facebook.
Signal, praised by Edward Snowden, has become more popular since Trump became president of the USA. It seems like more and more people have begun to invest in their data privacy. Users of signal can also verify their identities with the app.
SelfieCheckr goes one step further by allowing you to verify the identity of who you’re talking to. The SelfieCheckr function takes two photos of the person reading your message using the front camera of their device, so now you can check who is reading your messages.
SelfieCheckr, Ecards & LoveNotes and BotherMe&U Reminder Messenger are the securest messaging apps on the market. NOS Apps do not collect or sell your data. We cannot and therefore will not access your chats.
Additional privacy features include:
-Set messages to self-destruct with the Timed Delete function.
-Don’t use your real number, register a 555 number instead. (Use the messenger app without a SIM card)
-Password lock individual chats.
-Set private encryption passwords for each chat or specific messages.
-Send voice messages without having to hold down the mic button. There is no time limit for voice messages either!
-Send pictures, photos and notes to your friends and family.
-Set notes as reminders with preset alerts, or stick them to your screen like digital post-it notes.