Which Messaging Apps Are the Most Secure?

The consumer advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation created a guide to inform consumers about the security risks when using messaging apps.

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Secure messaging is a hard thing to achieve. Some services promise security, but are woefully bad at delivering it. Other services don’t necessarily promise security, but they still do a poor job of protecting user data. In order to help consumers when choosing messaging services, the Electronic Frontier Foundation created a scorecard that shows consumers which messaging apps have which weaknesses.

The questions asked to judge the apps and services include:

  • Is the data encrypted in transit?
  • Encrypted so the provider can’t read it?
  • Is security design properly documented?
  • Is the code open to independent review?

Each service received either a negative or a positive response, which makes up the simple rankings.



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