Common Features Found in Secure Messaging Apps

Every day, more and more people are concerned about the safety and privacy of their conversations from hackers and maybe even the government officials. Because of this, it is important to download and use at least one messaging app that can help in protecting your conversations.

This article will strive to answer the question: “What are the special features which can be found in a secure messaging app?”

 

END-TO-END ENCRYPTION

End-to-end encryption (E2EE) is a type of communication where only the authorized parties can read the contents of the message. It therefore prevents potential eavesdroppers from secretly modifying the data and accessing the cryptographic keys needed to decrypt a conversation. Only the sender can encrypt the messages and only the receiver can uncrypt it themselves.

Companies that use end-to-end encryption for messaging apps can’t hand over or read conversations of their users to other people because even them can’t decipher it.  It also helps in keeping data private which is perfect to protect the right of privacy especially to people such as journalists, business owners, and activists.

For most apps, there is a unique lock and key for every message you send or receive. There is no need to turn on the settings or set up special secret chats in order to activate the feature. There are also options to encrypt video and audio calls.

SELF DESTRUCTION

When you are conversing with someone, having a chat history is very convenient especially when you are in the mood to remember your previous conversations. Nevertheless, there are some messages that should not be saved in order to protect your privacy when somebody else will borrow your cellular phone. Most secure messaging apps have a solution for this thru a feature called “self -destruction”.  After setting the duration or after the receiver will finish reading it, the messages will automatically be destroyed and there are no more copies on both the physical device and the company’s server. Aside from text messages, there are also options to self-destruct media such as photos and videos.

SECRET CHAT

If someone will have access on your phone, the best option to protect your data is to use the “secret chat” option. Whether you are conversing individually or with other people, it will give an additional security since only you as the owner can access those conversations. It also includes special options like screenshot protection and additional encryption.

SCREENSHOT PROTECTION

You are already confident that the recipient(s) are authorized to read your messages. But what if they will use it as an opportunity to gather evidence by using the conversation against you? Luckily, there is now a feature that notifies you when someone else are doing a screenshot. The app can either erase the person who sent the message or kick out the person from the conversation for good.

VERIFICATION DETAILS

To log-in or create an account in a messaging app, there are a lot of options you can choose from that will still protect your private information.

Some will ask for your mobile number or your email address. It is advisable to have a spare sim and email available especially if that is the only method available. Others will allow you to simply be incognito or will ask you to use a nickname instead.

INTRUDER SELFIE

In case your cellular phone or tablet is stolen, some apps have a feature that lets them capture a picture of whoever holds it then sends it thru your registered cloud or email. Because of this, it will be easier track your gadget and retrieve it back.

SHREDDER

Not all messaging apps have a “self-destruction” feature. But some of them compensate for it  by having a “shredder”. It lets users delete all data stored in the device which includes chat conversations and media (like photos, videos, and audio files) for good. The best part is that not even the company or server can locate your deleted files.

REMOTE CONTROL

Even if you are using a different device, you can still log in your account using your username. With this feature, it can assist you in deleting your conversations anytime and anywhere. It can also control other options like who can see your messages, log out all the saved sessions in your account, and even delete the app itself.

TRANSLATION

Sometimes, you need to talk with a foreigner using their native language especially when you are talking about something related to business. If that is the case, some apps can help you by translating their message real-time to a language you understand and vice-versa. There are language experts who are checking its accuracy every now and then in order to prevent miscommunication because of a wrong translation.

SECRET VAULTS

Despite using a secure messaging apps, you still desire some of your files to have an extra layer of protection. Using a secret vault helps you to arrange it depending on your preferred category. You also have an option to encrypt it and open it using a password or number lock in order to keep it away from snoopers.

DISPOSABLE MOBILE NUMBERS

The greatest hassle of anonymous conversations is not having a spare sim to use. Some apps offer a great solution by letting you use a temporary number. It will help you create a new private account in a messaging or social media app, call someone and even send text messages. Since it is disposable, you are assured that it will not lead others into your personal information and it can be deleted easily.

These special features are not found in all secure messaging apps but it has at least one from those mentioned above.

The most important thing is having an assurance that companies are taking more precautions in order to make your private information more secure and prevent others from bombarding you with unnecessary spam and advertisements or reading your entire conversations. Aside from that, more apps such as EyesUP are taking note in order to make their future updates help in securing conversations.

Calling Apps for Android You Should Check Out!

From incognito mode calling to secure calling apps, Android has a lot of calling apps to offer that make user’s experience worth it. We’re breaking down the list of many calling apps that you should try out:

Skype

One of the famous messenger apps, its reputation widely known for efficient video calls and chats is also available on mobile, Skype on mobile gives you that experience that is same as PC, and makes conference calls on the go, anytime, anywhere.

For business-savvy users, Skype for business offer a lot of optimized chats and conference calls that meets productive standards in a fast-paced world.

Viber

Available on mobile and desktop, this app offers secret chats and self-destruct features that show definite communicating experience without a hunch, its end-to-end encryption protects the user’s data from getting to other third-party hosts and potential hackers. Oh you can delete some messages that removes that message you choose to delete from your recipient.

What makes this app amazing is that you have sticker on messaging that adds the fun on chatting experience.

Hike Messenger

Similar to Skype, what makes this messaging app to look out is that its conference call can add up to 100 people, and its messaging feature comes with stickers similar to main apps like Viber and Telegram.

Tango Messenger

Tango is one of the few video calling apps with personalized calls using Tango Surprises with fun animations that allow to play around, express yourself, play with kids and in a way celebrate and the best part is it’s for free.

For those who wants to have dynamic, fun chill chats, Tango messenger is the right app that fills your novelty needs.

WeChat

A good alternative to WhatsApp, WeChat is an app that definitely customer proven with over 300 million users around the world, phone calls that are free, crystal clear voice and private.

Google Duo

Google Duo boasts a high quality video calls and works for both iOS and android devices that allow everyone to call and not miss out every moment with a single tap onscreen, you can start a video call right away. Thanks to suggested contacts below the screen, it’s easier to navigate contacts and sort out just for you.

Knock Knock feature is a preview lets you leave and record a short message even before going live. Say if you’re shy or want to give someone a heads up to start a conversation or quick reminders, heck even a prank call if you’re in a for a thrill! No seriously, don’t even think about it, as funny as it sounds, it’s not cool.

Google Duo is available globally, and for Filipinos out there who has relatives around the world and wherever you are, this app makes sure you catch every moment with your friends and family.

TrueCaller

With 250 million users, TrueCaller filters out spam and other unwanted messages that gives you a peace of mind. This app has a community-based spam list that updated by users worldwide, this app offers a simplistic approach that takes out the nuisance.

It’s perfect for those who doesn’t like any spam or promo texts. Backup calls, history contacts are messages on google drive.

Digitone

A free calling app lets you call anyone in over 200 countries, Digitone has a walkie talkies type of feature, by holding the button, you can talk and record voicemail that is tied to one clean interface.

Telegram

Proven to be safe and secure, I frequently recommend this app mainly for its secured features, and calling is definitely free of charge but you still need to have wifi access to make a call. If you’re at work at home, or anywhere that has wifi then it shouldn’t be hassle.

Google Voice

Made by google, the app’s relaunch with a minimized visual design is similar of other applications that gives a sense of familiarity and easy on the eyes. The company keeps the Voice’s original number unconnected from your device and contact that easily makes your call log undetected, untraced and most of all safe.

Past issues with this app prior is its unappealing,  ugly drop-down menus for different parts of the interface that including your voicemails, your inbox, and a terrible blue-and-grey theme for in-line conversations that makes a bad combination.

And with the new, and updated features, google didn’t hold back on this one: the selling point of a calling app untied to your service carrier gives you freedom and not restricted to any charges.

Google Voice is available in the US and Canada as of the moment.

Burner

These days, your phone can be functions exactly like your burner phone without the need of getting a second phone: you have control of your personal information, your number is undetected, untraced by the receiver (scary right?) and the app intercepts your calls and route them on your own phone that makes your call, text untraceable. The app may sound something out of spy genre movies sounds cool and it’s functional, it’s a burner app that definitely works.

For dating, salespeople, and online shopping, this app is definitely the one that suits for incognito, if one doesn’t feel they’re safe or being watched, because let’s be honest mobile internet: there’s always a likelihood that you are being traced.

For business transactions and side projects, this is an app allows you keep your activities on tab and lessens the risk of being mixed to your regular since we all have to make a hustle and have to eat.

Sounds risky? The app’s success has been recognized by TIME Magazine’s Top 50 apps as well as WIRED and TechCrunch for its innovative, game-changing burner phone that allows users that they can rely on, given the recognition, this app has proven to be a real deal.

This app gives you a 7-day free phone number that you can use, additional use require in-app purchase so you’ll have to shell out some money however, if you’re investing for a burn phone, you should definitely go with this app.

Hangouts Dialer

Call anyone from your hangouts contacts, and if you happen to live in the US and Canada, the app is free of most calls. The Outbound Caller ID detects, verify contacts that avoids any suspicious activity and makes authenticated contacts exist.

Reviewers on Google Play Store hail its 4G efficiency and sound quality calls in wifi are crisp and clear not to mention fast. This app is compatible in all devices.

Slack

Slack brings the collaboration and productivity within the chat room that allows each user to call their contact in any urgent meeting and makes workspace portable and efficient without the need of setting up a face-to-face meeting that spares one from the traffic and spending commute money.

The hashtag feature organizes the workload and keeps track of its users, and in a way it allows the conversation to pertain the subject of the topic they’re about to discuss and lets you focus.

CallApp

Caller ID, call blocker and call recorder made easier and convenient possible, this app blocks any spam, filler message. Features include: Who Called Me?  Works like a call blocker that can block spam and detect the real caller behind the number.

True Caller ID app feature lets you detect your contacts’ social media accounts that verify your contact and in a way it guarantees a contact is either a fake or legit, the blacklist detect spam calls and you can track these numbers in “who called me?” feature that allow you to block them.

The auto record feature includes incoming and outgoing calls that takes away the hassle of pressing the record button.

The incognito mode call feature, to put it simple works like the web browser’s counterpart that keeps all your calls confidential, untraced in call log history.

With all these whopping features makes CallApp a contender and an efficient app that meets the user’s basic needs.

Caller ID Faker

At some point of our adulating life comes with responsibilities, work, unwanted and we’ll reach to a part where we want to doze off, well maybe a few calls in between while you’re on vacation mode, Caller ID allows to block certain numbers that you might want to take a break from

My SMS

This app receives all your text messages and contacts from your first phone that basically functions like your first phone, it’s like using multiple phones that without its physical existence, it makes you feel like having another phone even if you leave it at home or office, downside is that you need a stable and strong wifi signal

4G Calling App for Android

4G feature has made calling in android faster and doesn’t slow down caused by the internet;  That means your calling speeds without a lump.

CU, or  connecting U, a calling app available in India is built privately that meets has a built-in protective feature for calling that makes business transactions and shopping easier, safer, and with 4G connectivity, your data is safe from any prying eyes.