Common Features Found in Secure Messaging Apps

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Every day, more and more people are concerned about the safety and privacy of their conversations from hackers, and maybe even the government. Because of this, it is important to download and use at least one messaging app that can help you 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 unencrypt 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 they 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 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 is doing a screenshot. The app can either erase the person who sent the message or kicks 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 to 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 app, 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.


Ellaiza Wapano