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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.

Featured photo credit: SA Business Index via sabusinessindex.co.za

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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