Telegram Messenger is an instant messaging app like WhatsApp, and the developers claim that what they have created is a much more secure clone of WhatsApp. Here is an excerpt from the app’s description:
Security flaws in popular apps like WhatsApp have gotten a lot of bad press recently, so we made it our mission to provide the best security on the market.
There is more:
For those interested in maximum privacy, we’ve added Secret Chats, featuring end-to-end encryption to ensure that a message can only be read by its intended recipient. When it comes to Secret Chats, nothing is logged on our servers and you can automatically program the messages to self-destruct from both devices so there is never any record of it.
We built Telegram to make messaging safe again so you can take back your right to privacy.
Telegram is the fastest messaging app on the market because it uses a decentralized infrastructure with data centers positioned around the globe to connect people to the closest possible server.
And more exciting news:
Telegram lets you access your messages from multiple devices.
That has got to be good. WhatsApp limits you to one device at a time. If you setup your WhatsApp account on a second device, the first is disabled.
Telegram works just like WhatsApp, using your existing telephone contacts base. It is free and the developers say it will always be free. They have no plans to sell ads or introduce subscription fees.
I have installed Telegram Messenger on the Orbra Inferno tablet and see that I have just three out of over 1,000 contacts using the app. It has a WhatsApp-like time stamp too, showing when last a contact was seen. When I select to chat with a contact who is not using the app yet, I am prompted to send them an invitation.
What do you think? Have you tried it out yet or do you want to give it a go?
Android: check. iOS: check. Windows Phone: Soon
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