Sending unecrypted messages can be a privacy and security nightmare. SMS messages can be intercepted, and companies such as Facebook own WhatsApp, putting their privacy claims into serious question. So when it comes to choosing an app and service to communitcate, look to one of these apps below.
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Use Instead Of: WhatsApp, Facebook Messanger, Telegram, SMS, Snapchat, Discord, or Slack.
Signal is a mobile app developed by Open Whisper Systems. The app provides instant messaging, as well as voice and video calling. All communications are end-to-end encrypted.
Riot - Decentralized
Riot.im is a federated free-software messaging application based on the Matrix protocol, a recent open protocol for real-time communication offering optional E2E encryption. It also has bridging functionality, allowing you to connect to other chat protocols such as IRC or Telegram.
Keybase is an encrypted individual and group chat application that also features an account and key verification service.
Jami - Decentralized
Jami is a free and universal communication platform which preserves the user's privacy and freedoms.