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6 Best Secure Messaging Apps with Data Saving Options

6 Best Secure Messaging Apps with Data Saving Options

The evolution in technology has also evolved communication. There are so many new apps which have made it easier and faster. But it is important that you choose the apps carefully because privacy can be a problem.

The cases of cybercrime are also increasing and if the apps are not equipped to deal with the threats then they are not a good option for you. To keep your conversation secure you have to choose a messaging app which ensures privacy.

Here are some of the best and most secure messaging apps:

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1. Signal:

It is an app which is available for iOS devices as well as Android devices. It is probably the most secure messaging app. It does not just keep the messages safe but also keeps the phone calls secure. The best thing about it is that it comes free of cost. The data is safe because it is encrypted.

The app syncs automatically with the address book. This makes it easier to safely communicate with all of the contacts. You do not require any login credentials to use all the features of the app. It also offers features such as archiving and organizing your phone.            

2. Chat Secure:

It is a highly secure messaging app. The messages are kept private by using public auditable encryption libraries which are an open source. It keeps all the messages safe and secure. The app offers plenty of flexibility as it allows you to connect either through your existing Google account or you can choose to create a new account on a public XMPP server.

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If you want more security you can connect the app with their own server which is pretty private. You do not need to share any personal information like your phone number while signing up for the app.

3. Gliph:

Gliph is also an excellent example of the evolution of messenger services. You can find it on the app store and Google play store. It can also be used on a desktop. It allows you to secure all of the communication no matter on which device it is. It also offers the feature of group messaging.

The app has made it easier to start to chat with anyone. You can also hide your identity by choosing a nickname. It will make the communication safe. If you want to reveal your real name then you can do it. It also offers a feature which allows you to permanently delete all the messages. You can delete the messages from both sending and receiving devices.

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4. Telegram:

It is an app which is for iOS, windows, and Android phones. It is a secure app because it has end-to-end encryption which ensures that the messages are only read by the concerned person. You can also delete the messages after a certain time limit from both sending and receiving devices.

If you do not want any record of the messages then you can get rid of them. It is an excellent app for everyday messaging. It also allows you create group chats. You can add up to two hundred people in a group chat. You can connect all the employees of any company and keep the conversation secure. The regular messages are stored in a cloud which offers easy access.  You can access them from any device.

5. Wickr:

If you want an app for private texting then it is an excellent option. You can get it on Mac, Linux, and Windows. It is highly versatile and you can enjoy encryption on all your communications making them secure.

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You can stay anonymous throughout your conversations. You can create different groups which will make it easier to handle different conversations. Apart from sending messages, you can also share photos and videos along with voice messages.

6. Pryvate:

It is a good app for securing your messages throughout your communications. With this app, you do not have to worry about collection of private or sensitive data.

You can use it for private conversations and businesses as well. The encryption allows sharing messaging, video calls and videos. You can use it for sending secure or private files. You can use a free version or enjoy a pro version.

So these are some of the apps that are an excellent option for keeping your conversations private and secure.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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