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Shamelessly plugging Signal (android, ios).
It works great, has basically all the features of hangouts/imessage/messenger, and is open source, secure and audited.
Everyone should be using this. It's a gift to mankind.
My friend group has had no problems transitioning to it (edit: well ok, the non-techies moaned about a new app but came around)
I'm enjoying using signal as my new texting app. Encrypted texts and calls to other signal users. The app handles messaging much like imessage. People who don't have the app get regular sms and it automatically switches when it can.
Not a gallery app, but I think Signal (Android, iOS) would be great for this. Built in camera, conversations are encrypted end-to-end, as well as at rest if you set a passphrase for the app. A bonus is end-to-end encrypted messages all the time, not just for photos. Encrypted voice/video calls are also supported.
The other bonus is that because all the photos are encrypted at rest within Signal, no other apps are going to be able to access them, period (unless of course you decide to export the photos to your camera roll).
I know this isn't the gallery app you were looking for, but I think it's going to be your most private/secure option.
I can't wait to be downvoted to oblivion by the Google Duo fans, but I would suggest Signal:
Signal Private Messenger by Open Whisper Systems.
Open source software, peer reviewd, has end-to-end encryption, offers private messaging and private calling.
Check it out.
I'd gladly pay $1 or even $10 if it wasnt part of facebook and didnt store my data.
Hope more people leave whatsapp and come on board to Signal
It is too bad that they didn't mention Signal which is by far the best encrypted messenging and voice chat app right now, imo.
It flawlessly integrates with your text messages, so if one of your contacts has the app your messeges are now encrypted.
Signal by Open Whisper Systems for messaging. It's like iMessage for Android and also has encrypted calls.
Handles regular sms but sends encrypted messages to friends who also use it. Also lets you send audio and video files up to 100mb. Recommended by Edward Snowden and Bruce Schneier. It's available for iPhone as well, and there's an addon for Chromium / Chrome in beta.
Everyone should be using this as their default sms app.
Signal Private Messenger was released this week for Android, complementing its iOS companion.
What is it? Signal is on one hand an excellent SMS client (material design, quick reply, color-assigned contacts), but also a private IM service. So you can send normal SMS messages to contacts without the app, or Signal messages to those who do have it.
What's so great about it? It's iMessage for Android! Like Hangouts and iMessage, it sends messages over WiFi or cellular data, so you can still send texts without cellular reception. The kicker for me is that it runs on the TextSecure protocol, so all messages are encrypted and private. If you care, Edward Snowden approves.
If the recipient doesn't have Signal, the text will send as regular SMS.
Other cool features: private phone calls with other Signal users, and an upcoming Chrome companion app to text from the desktop.
The Challenge The drawback of course is getting other people to use it, which is partly why I'm writing this post. The app works great, but the primary feature of messages over data only works if other people have the app. Check it out and give it a spin, I really think this should be the next big thing in text communications.
Private, secure, instant messaging // SMS support // Material design
Play store link
OP I'd really appreciate a shout out to Signal / TextSecure. It is a valid choice for SMS replacement even if you have nobody on your contact list who uses Signal for secure messaging.
It has no ads and is 100% open source (including server side components) and is 100% open specifications (Whatsapp has reportedly implemented the TextSecure protocol within its walled garden). I think it is the single best messaging platform out there today.
It'd be nice to see support for free and open source development in general.
If you want security, then you'll want to use Signal (formerly known as TextSecure). It's available for iOS and Android.
Nope, Here is the Android app, and there is a chrome plugin for desktop currently in beta
SMS app. It's open source and utilisies 256 bit end to end encryption between users. The most secure way to text. Get everyone to get it.
Apple App Store
Signal. It's a nice lightweight app that uses material design. You also have the ability to send encrypted SMS/MMS to others who use the app. HD voice calling is free too!
Signal. SMS with folks who don't have the app, secure private chat with those that do. Recommended by the EFF.
Signal looks pretty slick now. Readers, if you haven't tried it yet please give it a try:
On Android: [link]
and iOS: [link]
Signal or Wire. Wire's got a bit more polish on it, so you might try that. (I usually use Wire with my wife; I've got a Samsung Galaxy S5 running LineageOS version of Android; she's got an iPhone 6.)
Edit: Both Wire & Signal also have desktop clients (Windows, Linux, Mac) as well as Android & iOS apps.
Both are also free, open-source, and secure/encrypted - where these last two things are – I think – rather important.
Every time WhatsApp is down I use the opportunity to tell people about Signal.
It's nice that the most popular messaging application is E2EE (end-to-end encrypted), but Facebook can still harvest the metadata and contact networks.
Signal is actually working on private contact discovery, which is pretty cool both technically and privacy-wise!
You should assume they can see everything, same as any other ISP.
This is correct. You wouldn't know. Install signal. If you are experiencing ongoing paranoid delusions you should seek psychiatric help.
OK as someone who used textra quite a bit lately, is there a way to display a time stamp on each message that goes out and comes in? I didn't see them and I need that frequently for dealing with things for work.
I've switched over to signal and I really like it but miss the color/customization options.
Edit: Thanks guys! Damn no idea how I managed to miss that one.
It is actually the same app, previously it was named TextSecure (for texting), and redphone (for calls), but now they are merged in a single app called Signal. Here's a link from the playstore: [link]
If you are looking for a secure messaging app, Textsecure is a secure messaging app suggested by Snowden himself.
Telegram is using weak, homemade crypto.
You should use Signal instead.
>A practical cryptanalysis of the Telegram messaging protocol, master's thesis by Jakob Jakobsen, September 2015
Everyone should be using signal
Edward Snowden preporuča Signal.
Koristis inace ko sms program, a ak netko ima isto signal onda su free poruke i fully encrypted.
Signal - Secure encrypted texting/voice and video chat. Dump any text app you are using and switch to this immediately.
Signal Private Messenger. It encrypts your data. You can communicate with other people that use different apps so it replaced my default text app.
"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."
Signal private messenger is sort of iMessage for Android : it will send SMS messages but if the other person has Signal as well, it switches to a secure private message , just like iMessage
For you: [link]
For her: [link]
I don't think this is the official Signal app.
Make sure you're getting your app from the app store and that it's by OpenWhisperSystems
No it doesn't. Android Messages is SMS/MMS only, which doesn't support encryption.
I don't use it myself but the most recommended messaging app with encryption is Signal. Note that no matter what app you use, you'll need to get the people you message to switch to the same app if you want your messages encrypted.
Signal is generally considered the most secure messaging app. They also have an android app. That being said, if work owns the device, they also own what is one the device. Tread cautiously.
TextSecure doubles as the most trusted messenger out there right now if your contact has it too or uses an app called "signal" if he is on an iPhone.
I don't own an iphone, but the way I understood it was that it uses phone numbers saved in your contacts. If the contact also is running an ios device, then it will send over data. If they're on android or something else, it sends a regular SMS.
Signal does this and is available for ios and android. It also has calling and encrypts the messages or calls if both people are using Signal.
Please correct me if I'm wrong. Like I said, I don't have an iphone and haven't used imessage.
I think why imessage gets talked about so much is that it's there by default on iphones. I think it would be difficult to get every device manufacturer plus every carrier to not put their own SMS app as the default for android.
I've been really enjoying Signal. I haven't tested out the encrypted messaging feature yet but as far as an SMS app goes, it's great. Clean, quick and easy to use.
I use Signal. It's encrypted messaging and it has SMS fallback. It's everything I need. It's also faster than Messenger (Google default) [link]
Hijacking top comment to say that everyone should be using Signal. Texts are encrypted end-to-end, so carriers can't pull bullshit like this because they don't know what you're talking about.
I just installed signal. Supposed to be encrypted messaging if you both have the app, other wise it uses your normal sms
I really wish more people I knew used Signal (on iOS) or TextSecure (on Android).
Not sure if it can replace the native SMS app on iOS, but I use it in place of the usual messenger on Android.
I think this is a good thing. I always wanted secure messaging on the stock SMS app to work but it never has for me. WhisperPush co. also makes the Signal Private Messaging SMS app. Which operates very well as a daily/replacement SMS app, but will add end-to-end encryption when you text anyone who also has the app.
Here's the link to the app
My two brothers and cousin and I have already found an alternative place for our persistent group chat. Encrypted, too! Android app called Signal.
Granted the default messaging apps on Android aren't encrypted, but if you're worried about it you could just use something like this.
Your data is mined and shared, Apple or Google.
Also you dropped this, better go buy a new one. Iphones phones are fairly decent, so are Android phones. "Nothing works" is blatantly wrong and you know it, both types of phones have issues but if they just plain didn't work then they wouldn't sell.
Bullshit, these alternatives are way better:
I think Signal does most of what you want. I'm not sure about video chatting, I've never tried that, but as long as both of you have the app installed texts/pictures should be encrypted. For the non-tech savvy, it works just like any other messenger, including sending texts to people who don't use the app (although those won't be encrypted).
As for Linux/Windows, they have a Chrome app that's currently in open beta. You can request admittance and try it out. Since it's a Chrome app, it should run on any OS that can run Chrome (Linux/Mac/Windows).
Signal is the best one. Recommended by Edward Snowden and Bruce Schneier.
Here's a blog post for those of you who don't want to read the full report
Seconding the Signal recommendation. I use Hangouts for most things, but I am trying to bring more of my friends into Signal.
I use Signal. Apart from its secure instant messaging service, I consider it a very good SMS client and set it as my default. You can mark an SMS as read or quick reply from the notification.
They are taking steps to the right direction, but it's still pretty far away from TextSecure/Signal.
Signal's developers have two publishing channels on the Google Play Store: a regular channel and an unstable beta channel. I'm guessing that the thing that's on APKMirror was copied from the beta channel.
Signal on Android
Signal on Apple
Vetted open-source, end-to-end encrypted. Very inconvenient. How are you planning on being able to intercept the data, seeing as the program is already out there and available to compile to anyone?
I tried doing something similar without using this particular hardware. It's quite easy to see plain text passwords, but since Gmail, Yahoo, Facebook, and other popular services are encrypted, I couldn't see anything.
It's possible to create a "fake" encrypted Facebook site* to intercept encrypted passwords, but the browser will give a very big warning that the certificate is invalid. State-sponsored hackers can go around this, but normal script kiddies can't, unless the user typed [link] (instead of https) or if the user is an idiot who ignores the browser warning.
Also, a noisy neighbor who is playing loud Youtube music on WiFi can be silenced by continuously deauthenticating their laptop. =)
As for intercepting calls and SMS, I haven't tried it yet, but I do use Signal Private Messenger in case someone wants to send encrypted SMS.
* man in the middle
We should all start using Signal app. It's equivalent to Whatsapp feature wise, but with strong encryption and it does not record metadata. Please spread this among friends and family, using word of mouth. Before we know it the whole world is using proper communication channels!
This needs to be higher.
I'm slowly getting everyone in my life to start using signal for everything because of shit like this.
Not because we have anything to hide, but to help mask people that have a legitimate need for privacy.
Is this open source? Does it use end to end encryption? You can't just say it is "the most secure message app" with out explaining why it is secure.
I would argue that Signal Private Messenger for android is a more secure messaging app.
Can we all just switch to Signal? It's exactly what Allo should have been without the stupid design choices.
It's encrypted whenever you are talking with another signal user. So its fulfilling another promise that Google failed to keep.
It's open source, it has group chats and calling. I believe it merges chats just like how hangouts used to do.
You can also link it to another device using a QR code aka their desktop app. Seeing as it is Open source both for the desktop client and for the Android app you can easily have different versions built. Like a WP version or something along those lines. Why are we wanting Google to do this when its Infront of our eyes. This whole time.
Whatsapp supports calling over the internet. I assume you'll get one of those "unlimited mobile internet for a month" sort of deals anyways, right? (Watch out though: they're usually limited nonetheless: after something like 20GB you'll usually have your traffic assigned a lower priority which results in a lot lower speeds).
If you mind the NSA, GCHQ, DGSE and co listening in, maybe use signal (that one supports voice calls as well and has proper end to end encryption) instead of Whatsapp. Links for signal: Android, iPhone
I've been using Signal, created by Whisper Systems.
Privacy focussed, Snowden approved, etc. etc. etc....
It's pretty good - encrypted end-to-end when sent by data, still able to SMS those that don't have it.
Can do private calls also.
See when message delivered, see when message sent. Seamless integration wth android. No Ads. Open Source.
TextSecure from Open Whisper Systems. It's the only app Edward Snowden has explicitly mentioned as being effective against the NSA (afaik) and The Wallstreet Journal did a write up about the author a while ago.
Link to app
Link to story
Signal. Free. Open source. No bloat. Good design. Encrypts messages between other Signal users. Regular sms for everyone else.
While many use Hangouts as the default Android SMS/texting application, I would recommend using something more secure like TextSecure. It's also available for Iphones as Signal.
No. We get billed proportional to usage and per phone on the air. Voicemail access is quota exempt.
My suggestion is to install Signal Private Messenger and request your dad do as well. Internet calls are free (as in beer) when both ends are on Wi-Fi; when on LTE paying per MB is cheaper than per min. Signal Messenger has two significant advantages over regular calls: end-to-end encryption and use of the cutting edge Opus codec. Opus sounds even better than regular "HD Voice" and can compensate for variable Internet connection quality. The disadvantage is that Internet calling can be less reliable if your Wi-Fi & home Internet connection is sub-par or local LTE is weak or congested.
Allo is not meant to be a private messaging app. There are many others that are already made and quite useful (Signal). Allo is meant to be a showcase of Google's AI capabilities, and as such has a few shortcomings as a messenger (no web UI, only one device, etc.) Sure, you have the option to run incognito chats which uses the same algorithms as Signal, but then you can't get the benefit of the AI, which naturally means that that will not be your default mode of operation. This makes it perfectly reasonable as an app and as a product for users that know exactly what they are getting. Of course your data that you use it with will have to be analyzed in order to develop and improve the AI. That's how Machine Learning works. So if you expect to write privately with someone about secret matters that you don't want any other party knowing anything about- your best option is Signal (or talking 1-to-1 at the back of some shady joint), and you have that option! If, on the other hand you'd like to explore what the latest in AI tech can give you, why not try out Allo? I honestly don't get all the complaining and the noise and the clickbait title. "No matter what?" You betcha I'm gonna try it out and use it where it makes sense.
This would be an exercise in futility, don't even bother.
There are many more reasons why this is a complete waste of time but those should suffice.
Essentially secure email requires the entire infrastructure of email to be rebuilt with security in mind.
Hope is not lost though.
We have tools like Signal, Telegram, WhatsApp and even Facebook Messenger is offering end to end encryption options for communications. I would suggest checking out Signal but supposedly Facebook hired the Signal team to consult on their implementation for messenger. Of course, it's proprietary so we have no idea really.
For Android you might like TextSecure - it is designed to encrypt your messages so server operators can't read messages, has preferences relating to notification privacy, can be locked so no one can recover the messages without the passphrase, and is Open Source so anyone can review the source code to verify it is secure.
It is probably a good starting point, but I would suggest if you don't like it trying out a few apps to see what meets your needs.
Signal is called TextSecure on Android. Everyone should move from WhatsApp to it.
More info: [link]
Yeah, they unified everything. All apps are now called Signal for all platforms and are capable of both texting and calls.
Personally, I use Signal. It does end-to-end encrypted voice and text messaging. It's also open source; several security specialists have evaluated their code and concluded that it is, indeed, reasonably secure.
Oh, yeah. And it's free. It's maintained by a grant- and donation-supported nonprofit whose goal is to encourage the use of high-quality encryption in communications.
Maybe now is the time to convince everyone I know to use Signal Private Messenger. I am so sick of Google ignoring Hangouts. It's a great service, but their mobile app needs a serious makeover. If they are now directing people to Messenger for SMS, that probably means SMS functionality will be ripped from the application completely before too long.
Have you tried the Signal app? It sends SMS if they don't have Signal. If they do have Signal, it sends an encrypted message. To the end user, it behaves just like iMessage but it has strong encryption and works flawlessly on iOS and Android. The app works really well.
And this is why everyone needs to install and use Signal. There's no excuse not to. In a perfect world with perfect governments we wouldn't have to. But we don't live in that world. If you value your privacy you have to make an effort to protect it.
If you don't click this, you don't have the right to complain.
I really like Signal. It handles SMS as well as its own instant messaging. If you can get anyone you know to switch to Signal IM, even better.
I opted out of Instagram and Snapchat around 2 years ago. The two apps seemed like a constant piss battle of who is happiest among my friends.
Around a year back I opted out of Facebook and Whatsapp in successive months.
At first, I felt disconnected but used e-mails, google+, and skype till I stumbled across Signal Private Messenger. I made some of my friends join the app and today I have 30 friends using the app. It's very secure and has no features for status, profile pic, blue tick, and last seen. I'm very much satisfied with it.
Do I regret my decision? Absolutely not. I feel so much better since leaving Facebook and I certainly don't see myself joining it back in the future. These social media apps give us an illusion of happiness; it's almost always about showcasing your best features to your "friends" while actively hiding away from your flaws. Nobody is as happy as their social accounts tell us about them.
PS: My personal opinion is that Facebook news feed is the most unhealthy platform when it comes to mental health related issues. They're so full of shit. I'm so glad I don't have to see that shit anymore.
La bonne alternative à Telegram, c'est Signal, en plus c'est open source
To an extent same, but there are relatively easy ways like Signal to make mass surveillance harder by adopting end-to-end encryption.
Oh? What did you try? My impression was that Ubuntu Studio was decent.
You could give Signal a try. It's an app that you can use to send SMS and MMS to your friends.
The cool thing about it is that if someone else has Signal on their phone too, your texts switch from SMS to an encrypted data message. People concerned about government spying or companies selling user data like Signal because it's a secure messaging app.
Another popular app is Textra. It's not encrypted like Signal but it has more customization.
Thanks for that save.
So yes, definitely anyone looking to join the group, just PM me your phone number after downloading and installing Signal (iOS version here, android version here). It works similarly to WhatsApp or various other messaging applications, but uses encryption and is generally quite secure. While it does use data, it uses very minimal amounts of it.
If you want true end-to-end encryption, use Signal private messenger.
many other messaging apps provide encryption (like hangouts) but the keys are still owned & generated by the company, not the user.
I have not used this app before, but I would recommend using Signal Messenger. This doesn't totally answer your question, but Signal is a encryption-first messaging system that is highly regarded among security-minded Android users.
If you know about CyanogenMod's SMS encryption, "Whisper Push" - this is from the exact same company,Open Whisper Systems.
I would definitely check it out, plus it even has a desktop client.
Ich hoffe ja, das sich Signal / Signal (iOS) durchsetzt.
Signal ist im Gegensatz zu Threma Open-Source und kostenlos.
Depending on your specific needs TextSecure could be a good app for you, it offers end-to-end encryption on all messages between users of the app, and can even replace your main texting app, which adds delivery receipt function to your normal texts.
There's also an Android client, but it's named TextSecure.
More info at [link]
Signal messenger by whisper systems is free and open source and recommended by Edward Snowden.
Their home page with information and desktop client downloads.
> a different messaging app like Textra
Or Signal Private Messenger, which handles SMS seamlessly, but between users of the Signal app enables end-to-end encryption (including encrypted VOIP/video calling).
Ne pas raconter sa vie de façon très détaillée sur les réseaux sociaux, ni sur d'autres sites d'ailleurs.
Utiliser une appli qui chiffre automatiquement les appels telephoniques : [link]
Utiliser le navigateur web TOR : [link]
>Whatsapp will integrate the open-source software Textsecure, created by privacy-focused non-profit Open Whisper Systems, which scrambles messages with a cryptographic key that only the user can access and never leaves his or her device.
I remember when this happened, seems like a big deal. Now open whisper has combined secure text and voice into one app, Signal.
By the way, here are the two apps I recommended for texting:
Google Messenger: [link]
Whenever an app or software get bought out, its the beginning of the end.
>It said that in addition to appointment information and delivery notifications, it would also allow "marketing" messages.
>"Messages you may receive containing marketing could include an offer for something that might interest you," the company said.
Thats why adblock software is so unpopular and nobody uses it. /s
I'll stick with Signal (until it gets bought out too)
Off-topic, but the default Motorola SMS app is pretty awful. I'd recommend something like Signal. It looks great, and it supports encryption!
You mentioned signal. This really is the best group messaging app out there. It does most of what you mention but not all. It does have a desktop client that does sync but is still in beta and doesn't look the best.
I have been using it a while and really find it to be the best imessage like app out there.
TextSecure: Basic and simple. Open source and free software.
It automatically encrypts your texts end-to-end (and sends them over data) if the other person also uses TextSecure.
Signal is open source, just copy it, put Google sticker over it and you will have E2E IM with SMS fallback and E2E encrypted video and voice calls in one compact app with super simple UI, then build on this, not sure how hard is this to do overnight
Here's a real encrypted messaging app. It's what Snowden uses. Source
I think we use the same cell phone company. I never had a problem with them while I was deployed, but I didn't change my plan. I didn't call home using a regular phone call, though. I used Signal or Whatsapp, which let you call over data. Even on their slow international roaming data, it was still a decent call. If he's in a country where app or video calling is blocked (like I was), Signal will circumvent that restriction.
On a side note, if your husband is on a military base, he should be able to use a DSN phone to call a stateside operator, who can then forward the call to you. Someone should have the DSN number over there where he is. You can also use calling cards on DSN phones (dial the 800-number without the 1 at the beginning, I believe). Those are sold at the PX and Shoppette.
Depending on what country your husband is in, he might also be better off getting a SIM card from a local provider instead of using your stateside provider. Many people in my unit bought prepaid SIM cards that you could top up at the PX or Shoppette.
Personally, I would pursue a refund for at least the months that you paid the $15 for, since they told you the phone calls would be included. You're probably not entitled to any compensation for the months after that, since you kept calling him even after you canceled. If you bug them enough (or threaten to leave), they might give you one anyway. (I've heard that the cancellation departments have much more power to do that than standard customer service folks.)
> Naja, dafür waren ja die Leute von OpenWhisperSystems da.
Waren sie denn überhaupt da und haben am Code gearbeitet? Soweit ich weiß haben sie nur mit der Implementation der crypto-Teile geholfen.
>Natürlich hat man nie 100%ige Sicherheit, aber die kann man bei OpenSource (wenn falsch implementiert) auch nicht haben, da ja auf dem Server andere Software laufen kann.
Open source ist der einzige Weg um wiederholte unabhängige Audits vorzunehmen, es wird nichts verheimlicht, jeder kann es sich anschauen.
Telegram sollte man sowieso nicht nutzen, wenn man Sicherheit sucht. Die Crypto ist hausgemacht und genau das nicht zu machen ist die erste Regel der Kryptographie.
Signal für Android oder iOS oder geh zum Fick raus.
Take a look at TextSecure and if you want end to end encryption on calls, take a look at RedPhone.
Your first link is broken FYI. I'll add Signal Private Messenger to that list as well (recommended by Snowden himself):
This story is a gross violation of privacy.
Signal is the goto approved encrypted chat app these days. No SMS fallback though, be aware of that.
[Wikipedia entry with some more information about it]([link])
And to clarify: in end to end encrypted chats your data is worthless to anyone not the receipient
So a glitch like this might loose part of a message, but you'd never receive a wrong one and yours could definitely not be read by anyone other than the receipient
Oh, my mistake, Signal definitely does this (I just checked). And And VZW SMS app does as well.
Just opened my Messages app (I use Signal by default). Holy crap, so many missed messages......... that explains a lot. :(