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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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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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