Edward Snowden exposed the need for us to have a more secure way of sending messages via smartphone, it is now known that the NSA monitors all messages across the globe. All text messages are logged and crawled by an A.I, these messages are stored permanently in a NSA server for future references, this includes SnapChat.
Remember, everything man made can be unmade. Even with these so called secured text messengers, these chat messages are still retrievable. The technology driving most of these programs is called “end-to-end encryption,” which means that a message is ciphered before it’s sent and then deciphered after its received, with a powerful computer, these secure encrypted message can be cracked, this is because there is a need to read secret messages between terrorist, loan sharks, murderers, drug lords and more.
↓ 01 – ChatSecure – Apple iOS | Google Android
ChatSecure is a free and open source messaging app that features OTR encryption over XMPP. You can connect to an existing Google account, create new accounts on public XMPP servers (including via Tor), or even connect to your own server for extra security.
Unlike other apps that keep you stuck in their walled garden, ChatSecure is fully interoperable with other clients that support OTR and XMPP, such as Adium, Jitsi, and more.
ChatSecure only uses well-known open source cryptographic libraries to keep your conversations private. Other apps may make claims about ‘military grade’ security but, without publicly auditable source code and verifiable end-to-end encryption, you cannot be truly safe.
- XMPP with TLS certificate pinning.
- OTR for verifiable end-to-end encryption and forward secrecy.
- Tor to help bypass restrictive firewalls.
- SQLCipher to locally encrypt conversation logs.
↓ 02 – Wickr – Apple iOS | Google Android | Windows | Linux | Mac OSX
Wickr is a messaging platform designed to give control over security back to the users. Trusted by world leaders, executives, journalists, human rights activists, celebrities, and your closest friends.
- Shredder – Irreversibly remove all deleted messages, images, and video content from your device
- Configurable Timer – Set the expiration time on all your messaging content
- No Metadata – Wickr removes all records, geotags and identifying information from your messages and media
- Secure – Send and receive secure messages, documents, pictures, videos and audio files
- Connect Safely – Your address book will always remain private and will never be stored on our servers
- Anonymous – Your Wickr ID is anonymous to us and anyone outside your Wickr network
- Your conversations can not be tracked, intercepted or monitored.
- Groups – Communicate with groups of up to 10 contacts
Wickr’s code, policies and promises have been verified by four of the most respected organizations in the world. The Wickr team is made up of security and privacy experts dedicated to building a strong social system around the world by providing a secure, private communication platform to everyone. Wickr is headquartered in San Francisco.
↓ 03 – FireChat [ Most Secure ] – Apple iOS | Google Android
FireChat works even without an Internet connection or cellular phone coverage. Use it anywhere: planes, public transportation, cruise ships, campuses, and crowded events. All you need is a few people using FireChat. Free instant messaging. No network or data plan needed. Welcome to the Internet of us.
You will be automatically connected directly with one another, creating your own network for public and private communications. The more people use it, the bigger and faster your network becomes. And when you do have access to a reliable Internet connection or cellular network, FireChat helps you reach people worldwide and build your audience faster than on any social network, for free.
↓ 04 – BlackBerry Messenger – Apple iOS | Google Android | Windows Phone
With BBM® what you share is always yours to control – even once it’s left your phone. Download it for free on iOS®, Android™, Windows Phone® and BlackBerry®. BBM is wel known for its secure messages, unfortunately, with the introduction of iPhone, BlackBerry died a slow death.
I don’t see end to end strong encryption listed as a feature. Without this feature, implemented properly where no one but sender and receiver have access to encryption keys, it is possible for the company behind BBM, hackers, government agencies and other third parties, to read/monitor/log the contents of users messages. Alternative messaging apps that feature end to end encryption include Threema, reTXT, and Bleep. There are others but they typically require your real phone number to register and full access to your entire contacts book.
↓ 05 – Telegram Messenger – Apple iOS | Google Android
Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple, secure and free. Telegram seamlessly syncs across all of your devices and can be used on desktops, tablets and phones alike. You can send an unlimited amount of messages, photos, videos and files of any type (.doc, .zip, .pdf, etc.). Telegram groups and broadcast lists have up to 200 members. Be sure to check our website for a list of Telegram apps for all platforms.
- FAST: Telegram is the fastest messaging app on the market because it uses a distributed infrastructure with data centers positioned around the globe to connect users to the closest possible server.
- SECURE: We made it our mission to provide the best security among mass messengers. Telegram is based on the MTProto protocol that is built upon time-tested algorithms to make security compatible with high speed delivery and reliability on weak connections.
- CLOUD STORAGE: Telegram seamlessly syncs across all your devices, so you can always securely access your data. Your message history is stored for free in the Telegram cloud. Never lose your data again!
- GROUP CHAT & SHARING: With Telegram, you can form large group chats and broadcast lists of up to 200 members, quickly share large videos, documents (.doc, .ppt, .zip, etc.), and send an unlimited amount of photos to your friends.
- RELIABLE: Built to deliver your messages in the minimum bytes possible, Telegram is the most reliable messaging system ever made. It works even on the weakest mobile connections.
- 100% FREE & NO ADS: Telegram is free and will always be free. We are not going to sell ads or introduce subscription fees.
- PRIVACY: We take your privacy seriously and will never give third parties access to your data.
↓ 06 – Confide – Apple iOS | Google Android
Confide is your off-the-record messenger. We combine end-to-end encryption with disappearing and screenshot-proof messages to foster private, unfiltered, and efficient communication.
- Messages disappear forever once they are read
- Messages are private and encrypted
- Swipe-to-reveal prevents screenshots
- Send text, photos, and documents
- Send messages to any email address or phone number
- Get notified when your messages are read
Backed by some of the best early-stage investors in the world, Confide has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Bloomberg/BusinessWeek, NYT, Washington Post and more. And Confide has been used in over 180 countries worldwide.
↓ 07 – Signal – Apple iOS | Google Android
Privacy is possible, Signal makes it easy. Using Signal, you can communicate instantly while avoiding SMS fees, create groups so that you can chat in real time with all your friends at once, and share media or attachments all with complete privacy. The server never has access to any of your communication and never stores any of your data.
- Say Anything. Signal uses an advanced end to end encryption protocol that provides privacy for every message every time.
- Open Source. Signal is Free and Open Source, enabling anyone to verify its security by auditing the code. Signal is the only private messenger that uses open source peer-reviewed cryptographic protocols to keep your messages safe.
- Be Yourself – Signal uses your existing phone number and address book. There are no separate logins, usernames, passwords, or PINs to manage or lose.
- Group Chat. Signal allows you to create encrypted groups so you can have private conversations with all your friends at once. Not only are the messages encrypted, but the Signal server never has access to any group metadata such as the membership list, group title, or group icon.
- Fast. The Signal protocol is designed to operate in the most constrained environment possible. Using Signal, messages are instantly delivered to friends.
- Speak Freely – Make crystal-clear phone calls to people who live across town, or across the ocean, with no long-distance charges.
Inside The NSA – Americas Cyber Secrets
Since its inception in 1952, the National Security Agency has been shrouded in secrecy; for years the White House denied its very existence. For the first time since 9/11 changed everything, cameras go beyond the closed doors of the NSA, deep inside the agency’s over 2 million square foot top-secret compound.