The best alternatives to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger

From May 15, 2021, WhatsApp users, like Messenger users, will have to share some of their private data with Facebook. So far, the terms of use left the choice of dates open to share with the American giant.

As a result, the company states that the user’s phone number, transaction and location details, and IP address will now be used for commercial purposes. The alternatives to WhatsApp in the video:

Other fuzzy data such as “service-related information” or “information” on their mobile devices is also shared with Facebook.

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– Gilles Babinet (@babgi) January 9, 2021

This new policy (which we would expect) has resulted in many users being forced to quit WhatsApp due to an anti-Facebook noose.

But to leave him for what? Facebook Messenger? This messaging app has been using a lot more user data for a long time. What else ?

WhatsApp regulars are wondering about the best possible alternative to the secure messaging service Facebook bought in 2014. If Signal is at the top of the App Store downloads, other services are worth a look too.

Here is our pick of the best alternatives to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Signal: Recommended by Edward Snowden

© Signal

Signal is an app developed by the Signal Foundation and Signal Messenger LLC. It is hands down the best alternative to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

First, because Signal works on the same basis as WhatsApp. You will therefore not get lost in its surface. With Signal, you can send / receive messages, files, photos to your family, friends or groups, as well as make voice and video calls. On Android, you can even make Signal your SMS service.

As a bonus, the developers added features to improve privacy. For example, you can choose to hide the messages after a certain period of time.

Signal is best known for its very high level of data protection. So much so that Edward Snowden and Elon Musk strongly recommend using this service. Messages are encrypted throughout and your data is neither stored on servers nor linked to your identity.

Signal is available for iOS, Android, iPadOS, macOS, Windows, and Linux.

Telegram: the government’s messaging app

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Telegram has been gaining followers in France for several years. And for good reason, this application is used by high-ranking government institutions, including the Elysees.

Like Signal, Telegram is a much safer alternative to WhatsApp and Messenger. The data is encrypted throughout and the application uses a much more secure MT-Proto protocol. In addition, the decryption keys are divided into two parts to further improve security. Telegram states that these keys “are never kept in the same place as the data they protect”.

In use, Telegram presents itself like any other messaging service with voice calls and video calls for a few months. Other features make it more interesting than competing apps. We are thinking, for example, of the possibility of exchanging large files (up to 1.5 GB), having secret discussions or forming super groups with up to 100,000 people. It is even possible to have fun with mini-games.

Telegram is also available for iOS, Android, iPadOS, MacOS, Windows and Linux.

Wire: Approved by security experts

Wire is a German-Swiss application that was created by Janus Friis, co-developer of Skype. Don’t run away, Wire is much better designed and secure than Microsoft’s service.

In fact, this application is among the most recommended by security professionals. It was particularly praised by Kudelski Security and X41 D-Sec in 2017 and is subject to regular independent audits to anticipate potential problems.

This very good student in matters of safety is also doing very well in the field of ergonomics. Wire is a minimalistic, clean and easy-to-use application that offers the same functionality as Signal (messaging, voice and video calls, sending files, etc.).

Wire was originally intended for the general public and has taken a more professional turn in recent years. Enterprise offerings provide access to additional services that bring Wire a little closer to Slack, with a constant focus on data security.

Wire is available for Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, iPadOS, and Linux.

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By: Wire Swiss GmbH

Threema: the little Swiss

Even less known than Wire, Threema is still one of the best alternatives to WhatsApp. This service, developed by the Swiss company of the same name, includes all traditional packages: messaging, calls, video, file transmission, all end-to-end encrypted.

Open source since September 2020, the application limits the data transmitted through the servers as much as possible. In order to further improve the protection of your data, Threema does not request a user name, telephone number or other personal information.

When it starts, the application itself generates an 8-digit identifier that you can share with anyone you want via a QR code. Metadata and IP addresses are also not identifiable.

The only downside is that Threema is a paid application (3.99 euros) that limits interest compared to other free alternatives.

Threema is available for iOS and Android. You can also use it on a PC or Mac, but use your smartphone when it starts.

Threema

By: Threema GmbH

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