5 Apps That Can Keep Your Private Information Safe
If you’re concerned about online safety, look no further than these security-centric Android apps
These days, almost all communication takes place online.. Recent statistics revealed that, globally, nearly 16 million messages are sent through digital means each minute. The Internet allows us to send messages to anywhere in the world in a matter of seconds, but with such abilities at our fingertips, it’s easy to forget the risk involved. Namely, the threat hackers pose to our personal information. The following apps make use of encryption technology – security software that encodes personal files so that they can only be read from your personal device. (Think of encryption as a lock around your information, and your cellphone as the only key.)
Telegram is a cloud-based messaging service. This means that it can be synced across and accessed from various devices at once, including your tablet and computer. The app allows you to send files of all types to an unlimited number of people. It even offers a “Secret Chat” service, offering a second layer of encryption to keep your most sensitive information protected.
WhatsApp is a cross-platform mobile messaging app available for iOS and Android that allows messages to be sent between all phones, regardless of the carrier. Messages are automatically encrypted, ensuring that only you and your recipient can access them (not even WhatsApp employees can view what you send). Additionally, the app offers a service allowing users to verify that messages are encrypted, so you can be totally sure your information is secure.
Peerio is a recently formed startup based in Montreal, Canada. Aside from providing encrypted messaging services, the app also offers “zero knowledge” private cloud storage, which allows users to encrypt a file before uploading it to be stored online. If someone were to hack into the cloud, they could access your personal files, but they wouldn’t be able to decrypt them or read them.
Signal was originally designed to be an encrypted calling app. Just in the same way that written content can be encrypted, so can the spoken word. Signal encrypts your phone calls, ensuring that no one can listen in to what is being said. A newer version of the app, Signal 2.0, also supports encrypted text messages.
Threema is a $2.49 app that offers encrypted message services, as well as the option to program your messages to ‘self-destruct’ at a future date. This feature deletes all record of the message from both the sender’s and the recipient’s device. Additionally, Threema can be used without submitting a phone number or an email address.
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