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3 WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger alternative



A new report revealed Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to allow WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram users to send messages to each other, even though the messaging services are currently separate devices.

On the surface it sounds like a good idea. But when you start to look at what the move can mean in terms of user protection, it can lead you to a worrying feeling. Especially when you consider that WhatsApp messages are currently encrypted, while Messenger and Instagram messages are not. Exactly how Facebook will mix the services, and what level of protection it will provide, is unknown.

If you're ready to jump the ship and find another messaging service, here are some apps that should fill the gap nicely. [1

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Telegram

Telegram offers encrypted chats with self-destructive messages. The service works across multiple devices and platforms, including in a web browser if you do not want to install an app on your computer. End-to-end encryption is an optional feature, called Secret Chats, that you must enable for each conversation.

The service requires a telephone number for registration but does not share your number with contacts – a practical feature for those trying to exercise potential Tinder matches.

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Signal

Signal is a platform platform application that has made a name for itself thanks to its end-to-end encryption and has been endorsed by the likes of Edward Snowden for its security. There is an Android and iOS version of the app, as well as desktop applications for Mac, Windows and Debian based Linux.

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iMessage

Android users, please put your forks down. The truth is that Apple's iMessage platform is really well done and seamless to use … as long as you own an Apple product. And that's the friction. To get the most out of iMessage, you don't just need an Apple device, but the people you talk to need to use an Apple device.

If you trust Apple more than a third-party app developer, then iMessage is your answer. It provides end-to-end encryption, and with iMessage apps and FaceTime embedded in it, you can still do all the fun things that competing messages can do.


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