Whatsapp telegram and the signal app the three big names when it comes to secure digital messaging platforms, but which one should you use if you want the utmost security and privacy when you’re chatting with your friends and family? Well, as it can imagine the answer, isn’t too simple.
Each of these services has different pros and cons, which you need to evaluate to come to your own conclusion. So let’s, dive right into it, starting with wasa WhatsApp was created in 2009 as freeware, and it was purchased by Facebook in 2014.
It is one of the most popular messaging platforms ever and it’s, one of the most used around the world on a technical level. They incorporate end-to-end encryption using the open-source Signal protocol, which, yes is what signal uses.
However, WhatsApp suffers from the classic fear of metadata, which is a broad term used by companies who collect data from their customers. The problem with metadata is one we don’t know exactly what they collect, and two metadata can often reveal enough information about a specific event to use correlation techniques to track users curt from the FF everyone loves Kurt describes metadata like so.
They know you rang a phone-sex service at 2:24 a.m. and spoke for 18 minutes, but they don’t know what you talked about. They know you called the suicide prevention hotline from the Golden Gate Bridge, but the topic of the call remains a secret.
They know you spoke with an HIV test service. Then your doctor, then your health insurance company at the same hour, but they don’t know what was discussed. So metadata is very much a concern for WhatsApp.
They might not know what you’re saying, but it’s not difficult to put pieces together to figure it out. The other concern is Facebook. We all know what Facebook is one of the world’s largest data collectors, and they offer free services because they’re able to use your data for profit.
Whatsapp is an entirely free application without ads, which makes people wonder what’s in it. For Facebook, there’s, absolutely zero evidence to accuse Facebook of doing any wrongdoing here. But it is important to at least ask questions for why they would offer a secure and private messaging platform for free.
As for what whatsup requires for you to create an account, they do require a valid phone number, which is unfortunate. It really takes away a large portion of the privacy aspect of using the service, especially since they are collecting metadata.
On a more positive note, though, WhatsApp, as I said, is heavily used around the world, so you’re, going to have a lot of people either already using it willing to use it or they just want to get involved.
They probably have the best overall user experience between the three services we’re, comparing today offering group chats with up to 256 people. Take that Apple, read receipts, typing statuses, voice, and video calls document, sharing audio messages, and it can be used on almost every major device, including Linux.
Although it’s, not officially supported moving on the telegram another popular messaging platform, with a slightly different feature set and target audience telegram was created in 2013 by the same creator of VK, and it has proved to be one of the most popular services Out there on a technical level, their client applications, so the apps themselves are open source, but the server ends.
Side of the telegram is a closed source, meaning they use their own proprietary software to handle the messages and encryption, which is not a good thing. When we’re evaluating the security of a service, since people can & # 39, t verify the code and encryption for bugs and backdoors.
Additionally, chats aren’t even encrypted by default, and if they are, you’re forced to not be able to save your conversation, history, which will discourage a lot of people from enabling any form of encryption.
In the first place. They don’t even offer a transparency report and have similar privacy issues that WhatsApp has collected your personal data and metadata when it’s. Unneeded telegram also requires a phone number to set up an account which sucks, so both security and privacy really suffer in a telegram, even though they hype themselves up to be super private and secure on their own website, but where they do succeed, they’re.
Large features set very similarly to whatsapp. You can send files, make calls send stickers and have read receipts and typing statuses. But where telegram separates itself is with the inclusion of channels which allows one person or a group of people to send out updates to a large group of followers similar to discord or reddit.
All in all, privacy and security on telegram are very weak compared to whatsapp and features seem to match, if not fall behind whatsapp. So I would normally recommend whatsapp over telegram for one-on-one conversations.
Groups could turn it to personal preference and, if you own, a channel on telegram, you won’t, be able to do anything like that over on whatsapp, so that’s. A very specific advantage telegram is gonna have over whatsapp the very last service we’re gonna take a look at today is signaled by open whisper systems.
Signal actually has a very messy history, being renamed and being shutdown and reopened. On numerous occasions, but it officially became titled signal in 2015 signal users, open source clients and the open source signal protocol for their encryption, which is what whatsapp uses, but where they differ, is how do they handle your personal information? Metadata inside of signal is treated extremely carefully with OWS, asserting their servers do not keep logs and the closest piece of information to metadata that they store is the last time each user connected to the server, and this is reduced to the day, not the hour or Minute, the only issue with signal is they require a personal phone number to register, just like the other two services which many users complain about, and people are hoping to see an email option available in the future to give a more private method of using signal.
So when it comes to privacy and security, it’s hard to tackle signal. It really is the king of the list. If that’s your priority. However, we’re signal. Doesn’t fare as strongly is in the actual usability of the program.
There are no typing statuses. They don’t offer that many features and settings sending files and images isn’t. The greatest thing and group chats are the most frustrating aspect of signal. They really need to redesign the group chats because it’s, not good.
On the bright side, they do offer both video and audio calls which utilize the same high security protocols. It’s, a very simple and uncluttered experience. If that’s, something you enjoy, you can get it working on every operating system, including Linux, and for Android.
You can have signal, be your default messenger, managing your SMS text and signal messages within the same app, which is awesome. It’s very similar to how Apple handles iMessage and SMS inside of iPhones.
To summarize, the pros and cons of each service, whatsapp has great security, average privacy and great features and usability telegram, has average security, average privacy and great features and usability.
Lastly, signal has great security, great privacy and average features and usability. If you want another resource to compare these messengers and some other popular ones out, there make sure to check out this website in the description, because it is an amazing write-up which compares a lot of the information I discussed in this video that’s.
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