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7 Best Instant Messaging Apps for iOS Devices

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7 Best Instant Messaging Apps for iOS Devices

There are around two million apps today in the App Store, and filtering out the best among all the other apps can be difficult, especially when you’re presented with a lot of choices. When choosing a messaging app, you want an app that enables you to contact people wherever and whenever you need to. It has to have good security and privacy, along with latest and most useful social trend models.

Instead of randomly downloading the next cool-looking app, I’ll help you narrow down your choices to make sure you’re getting what you really need. Here are the seven best messaging apps for your iOS device:

1. WhatsApp

As of February 2016, WhatsApp reached one billion users, making it the most popular instant messaging application. After Facebook’s acquisition of the messaging app for $19 billion a couple of years ago, WhatsApp no longer charged its $1 annual subscription, making it free of charge for users worldwide. It works across both platforms, making it easy to contact your friends with Android devices. You can also send photos, audios, and videos on individual or group chats. WhatsApp emojis are color adjustable and new updates enable users to format text and tag people.

Get the App : iTunes, Google Play, PC (WebWhatsapp)

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2. Messenger

With messenger, all your FB friends and people in your phone book are now simply a message away. Messenger has a lot of cool features such as adorable sticker packs, emoticons, and gifs you can embed in every message. Today, Messenger is more than just a chatting platform. Earlier this year, the app launched new free tools that allow users to send money through Messenger and video chat with people. It also has its own desktop client, making it suitable not only for personal but also business use.

Get the App : iTunes, Google Play , Desktop App

3. iMessage

This is seemingly the obvious choice for iOS users everywhere. Its only downfall is that it isn’t a cross platform app. But iMessage is one of the best instant messaging apps with the best cool features. In the latest versions, they’ve added stickers and “bubble effects” on your messages. Another cool feature is the “Invisible Ink” which blurs your message until the recipient uncovers it in, making it less likely to be read over somebody’s shoulder.

With iMessage, you can also send various screen effects like a downpour of balloons, fireworks and even shooting stars across your friend’s screen. You can send all your basic media as well as hand-written notes and photos you’ve drawn on. Any links you send will show up as a preview in the chat itself.

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Get the App : Apple.com, iMessage for Windows

4. Snapchat

Snapchat is unique as a social media app. This is mainly due to the fact that all messages are temporary and disappear after they have been read. This app is all about fun and casual conversations. It works on both Android and iOS.There are tons of features on this app and the developers are constantly adding more. They’re also well known for their filters that make photo sending a blast. There are also filters for your videos, enabling you to play them in slow motion or in reverse! You can send all the standard media files that you would on any other messaging app and can even send photos during calls.

Get the App : Google Play, iTunes

5. Kik

Kik is a wildly popular cross-platform app that has over 90 million users globally. Kik allows sending files, links, hand-drawn doodles, and even memes! It’s continually improving and giving users fun functions. Kik is good for anonymous messaging as it does not need your email address or your phone number to be shown to contacts. Kik only allows users to be added as “friend” by searching their username.

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Get the App : iTunes, Google Play

6. Viber

Viber is another free messenger that allows users to chat and connect with people all over the world. While this dual platform app is not as popular as the other messaging apps, it is the top app of choice in many countries. Australia, for example, uses Viber more than any messaging app. Similar to WhatsApp in features, Viber enables people to create group chats, send videos, music, photos, audio and voice notes.

Get the App: iTunes, Google Play

7. Google Allo

One of the newest free smart messaging apps on the market, Google Allo is available on all platforms. This app has a built-in text bot called “Google Assistant” that has been cleverly designed to answer queries like a virtual assistant. This app gives users the ability to search conversations and includes many features of trending messaging apps like stickers, doodles, and emoji features.

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Get the App: iTunes, Google Play

Featured photo credit: Clem Onojeghuo via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on November 25, 2021

How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

    What Does Private Browsing Do?

    When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

    For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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    The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

    The Terminal Archive

    While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

    Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

    dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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    Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

    Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

    However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

    Clearing Your Tracks

    Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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    dscacheutil -flushcache

    As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

    Other Browsers and Private Browsing

    Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

    If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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    As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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