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User privacy is a fair concern, especially when exchanging messages between family and friends. With this in mind, we have added the best private messaging services, with paid and free solutions for Android and iOS.

They are instant communication platforms that allow us to communicate with our contacts via the Internet, standing out for their cutting-edge encryption, meaning that only the sender and recipient (s) have access to the content that is sent.

1. Signal – Private Messages

Signal

Download Signal – Private Messages

O Signal was recommended by Elon Musk as an alternative to WhatsApp, standing out for end-to-end encryption as the main guarantee of user privacy. Not being a perfect platform, it has stood out positively.

Supports voice and video calls, text messages and even SMS. In order to enjoy greater protection of privacy, the other person must also use Signal, an application that is guided by Material Design created by Google.

It’s a free application for Android, with no advertising displayed, or in-app purchases.

2. Telegram

Telegram

Download the Telegram

O Telegram is another good alternative to WhatsApp, offering end-to-end encryption. It stood out for being the first instant communications service to offer messages that disappeared after a certain time.

It has the same functions as Signal and other similar platforms, standing out above all through channels or group chats on Telegram. They are thematic discussion rooms that can accommodate up to 100 thousand users.

You can send voice messages, or text messages, with great support for GIFs and a good web platform. It is a free messaging app for Android, without advertising or in-app purchases.

3. Viber

Download Viber

O Viber is another one of the instant communication platforms that can connect family and friends through the Internet connection, or mobile data. It is also one of the most popular with encryption of end-to-end communications, in all formats.

Supports voice calls, text messages, group chats, and a wide range of stickers to liven up conversations. If the user wants, he can buy more stickers and fun additions to personalize the conversations.

It is a free service, with free app for Android, placing itself as a good alternative to Telegram and Signal.

4. Threema. Secure and private courier

Download Threema

THE Threema goes further in protecting user privacy. End-to-end encryption also covers telephone calls, voice communications. This is what sets the paid platform apart from other free communication alternatives.

The protection of privacy extends to virtually all actions that the user takes on his mobile device, are processed locally. It is the local management of user data that makes it a better solution to ensure that nothing “escapes”.

Threema is a paid solution for Android, promising the user that he does not have to “pay for the service with his data”.

5. WhatsApp

Download WhatsApp

O Whatsapp is the most popular instant communications platform in the world. That’s where the majority of users are found, in a free service that provides end-to-end encryption for messages and group rooms.

It stands out for the WhatsApp groups, very popular for the chat rooms where it is easy to keep in touch with family and friends. It is perhaps the most controversial in recent times to belong to the Facebook Companies group.

It is the most popular and simple to use free solution, standing out for its good web platform and applications for Mac, Windows and other systems.

3 points that define end-to-end encryption

encryption

1. The content is only accessible to the sender (who sends it) and to the recipient (who receives it). This is the basic premise of end-to-end encryption, or from A to B. For this purpose, encryption keys that shield the content are used.

two. Platform servers do not have access to content (as a rule). Messages sent through the servers of a specific company and stored there temporarily, but are protected by a unique key, accessible only to the recipient and sender on most communications platforms.

3. It is not foolproof protection. As a rule, messages and their content are encrypted during sending – while on the move. In some cases, the service provider may have the “key” to access that content.

Before you go, see the best online security solutions, with VPNs that are really worth it. Also take advantage and discover the best alternatives to WhatsApp, with more suggestions than those present here.

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