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5 Best Encrypted and Secure Messaging Apps

5 Best Encrypted and Secure Messaging Apps

While there was a time when encrypted chats were only used by few individuals or groups such as journalists or secret services, but the times and technology have certainly changed over the years. With the introduction to end-to-end encryption in our daily-use messaging apps, chatting with your loved ones or colleagues has become a private affair, which no one else can oversee.

Basically, end-to-end encryption does not allow certain eavesdroppers such as internet providers or even your own telecom provider to decode the messages you send. Let us learn about few of the apps which use this feature and makes our conversations much safer.

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1. iMessage

iMessage is an instant messaging application introduced by Apple Inc specifically for iOS and OS X users with iOS 5 and above update. You can safely send and receive texts, documents, photos, videos, contact info, and group messages to other IOS and OS X users. All texts sent using iMessage are encrypted, keeping your privacy in mind,and can be tracked using delivery receipts.

With iOS 10 update, you can now send more expressive and animated messages, use Digital Touch to send sketches, taps, or even heartbeats in Messages to your contacts. Also not only you can download this application for iPhone only but also you can easily install iMessage on PC as well.

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2. Signal

Signal is a messaging app, developed by Open Whisper systems, and is available on Google Play Store and Apple Store for free download. With it’s end-to-end encryption and sophisticated engineering, it is safe to send texts, images, videos to other users. An additional feature of the app is the safe voice calling it provides.

The app is advertisement free and the users don’t have to pay anything other than the data charges. Being an open source app, tech-savvy users can verify the security code and audit it for their peace of mind.

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3. WhatsApp

Used by over 1 billion people around the world, WhatsApp is one of the most secure messaging apps. Recently acquired by the successful brand name of Facebook, WhatsApp also uses end-to-end encryption to ensure your most private conversations can’t be seen else.

The app has a fast and simple calling feature which allows you to talk to your loved ones anywhere in the world. Also, you can use the WhatsApp web feature to use Whatsapp for PC or laptop as well.

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4. Silent Phone

The Silent phone is one of the most suitable apps for users who want to keep their messages private and send large files. Launched by Silent Circle, this app is available for all android and iOS users. It also provides encrypted voice calls, video calls, conference calls and text messages on mobile devices. The USP of the app is it’s scheduled burn functionality which allows you to decide when sent messages will be deleted on both ends.

5. ChatSecure

ChatSecure is an open source messaging app which is encrypted and is available for both Android and iPhone. This is a highly secure app with sophisticated security protocols in place such as off-the-record messaging and extensible messaging and presence protocol. Launched by The Guardian Project, this app has been developed not only by engineers but also advocates and legal aid.

Conclusion

We understand the need for users to enjoy their private moments over messaging in privacy. Moreover, businesses also need to have a secure messaging platform to keep rivals at bay. With a self-destruct functionality in some of the apps, and letting you send messages that are automatically deleted after they’re read, the era of messaging apps has seen a drastic change. Individuals with privacy concerns must have these apps on their device.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2019

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

1. Lumosity

This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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    2. Fit Brains Trainer

    This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

    Free.

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      3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

      Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

      First four games free, then $13 a month.

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        4. Brain Fitness Pro

        The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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        Buy for $3.99.

        5. Happify

        If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

        Free to use.

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          6. Clockwork Brain

          You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

          Free.

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            7. ReliefLink

            Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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              8. Eidetic

              Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                9. Braingle

                Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                Free.

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                  10. Not The Hole Story

                  If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                  Free.

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                    11. Personal Zen

                    This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                    Free.

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