WHO NEEDS SECURE MESSAING?
We would argue everybody who sends messages should do so securely. There is no benefit to making your conversations susceptible to eavesdropping, whether by the government or other private parties. In line with this philosophy, we have collected services below designed to protect your communications.
With WhatsApp, you'll get fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free*, available on phones all over the world. Data charges may apply.
Signal is WIRED’s secure messaging recommendation to use it because “it’s free, it works on every mobile platform, and the developers are committed to keeping it simple and fast by not mucking up the experience with ads, web-tracking, stickers, or animated poop emoji.”
Viber now has end-to-end encryption, providing more safety for its users. The app maker even created an encryption overview guide for those who want more information on this enhancement.
From their site, “You can erase your messages off other people’s phones. No messages are permanently stored on phones or servers. Messages are heavily encrypted and not accessible to anyone, even us.”
The above services are all similar in their dedication to maintaining your privacy. Which is ultimately right for you will depend on your platform and in part what your friends, colleagues and families are using.
Privacy is a right, but you have to right for it.