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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 May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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