Best messenger and chat Apps...
...A simple set-up, automatic synchronization with your phone contacts, and an experience rich in features and free of advertisements make WhatsApp an extremely popular messaging app. Users can send text, photo, and video messages as well as voice memos, benefiting from end-to-end encryption and two-step verification, which periodically asks for a password in order to access the app. It’s not very clear if and when the company will weave its members’ data in with Facebook profiles (it’s part of the same group), even though the European Union has blocked Zuckerberg from doing so, at least for the moment.
...Facebook’s foray into the world of mobile messaging is called Messenger. It’s a dedicated client that’s based upon the existing chat network, adding further multimedia communication features. Users access the app through Facebook and can send others normal chat messages as well as voice and video messages and calls. There is also a Lite version for just Androids, which offers a more streamlined experience that makes it more affordable in terms of data usage. End-to-end encryption is an option, but it still has to be manually activated for every single conversation by choosing Secret Conversation in the chat window when messaging a contact.
...Similar to WhatsApp, Viber uses your telephone number as your login and to add contacts already in your phonebook. The app boasts a more mature audience and is useful for sending texts, photos, voice messages, and videos, as well as for calling landline numbers through the Viber Out function. In addition, it introduced end-to-end encryption some time ago, making conversations secure.
...With more than 700 million users, WeChat dominates the Chinese web and is also seeing success at a global level. The app offers users text messages, video and voice calls, group chats, and multimedia attachments enhanced with eccentric features such as “Friend Radar”, “People Nearby,” and “Shake” to quickly find new people online nearby. It’s one of the few apps to boast a client for Android Wear and Apple Watch, even if it lacks end-to-end encryption technology. Its security relies on client-to-server and server-to-client protection, and also enjoys an accreditation from the expert privacy organization TRUSTe. Additionally, it’s certified by the strict ISO 270001-2013 international compliance standard, which means it’s extremely difficult for hackers to breach the app, even Chinese ones.
...Another Asian project that has left its mark is the Japanese app Line, which has more than 600 million users all over the world. Its strong point is a series of stickers you can embed in chats, in addition to a timeline system similar to a social network. The app supports group conversations and calls of up to 200 participants, as well as the option to call mobile and landline numbers with a special credit. In addition, Line allows you to follow your favorite brands and personalities through official channels, so you can always stay up-to-date on the latest news and events. It introduced expanded end-to-end encryption in 2016 for group chats, video calls, and voice.
...A mobile messaging app for the post-Snowden era. Telegram was designed for those who know what it means to secure their digital ego. The application offers a fast and encrypted chat service, with client-server encryption for standard chats. On the other hand, secret chats don’t allow anyone to violate the messages’ privacy, while self-destructing conversations between both individuals and groups ensure everything (even shared elements) disappears after an allotted period of time. Telegram has been banned in Russia since 2018, after it refused to let the Russian secret service decipher messengers and subsequent government attempts to block it. However, it has remained popular in Russia thanks to users combining it with a VPN for continued access.
...Better known for its audio and video capabilities, Skype is still a great way to quickly chat with just text. The mobile version was recently revamped, making it more youthful and colorful.Compared with its competition, however, it remains a software primarily utilized by corporate users, specifically in the Business version. Conversation security is ensured by TLS and AES encryption, which, however, does not come into play with calls to landlines and mobile numbers.
...The mobile multi-media app known as Snapchat has finally gotten end-to-end encryption – for some limited features. Snapchat is best known as a messaging plus service with a range of filters for user pictures. However, the new encryption only applies to photos and videos (to prevent them from being passed on) and not to text messages.