Not too long ago, we learned that WhatsApp, the
Facebook-owned messaging service, will have no choice in the future but to give
up encrypted chat information to authorities in the UK if asked to do so. All
US-based social media platforms will have to follow, therefore, it’s safe to
say this is a major loss to online privacy.
You see, the US and the UK are both set to sign an accord in
November of this year that will force social media companies to disclose the
content of any user who is suspected of committing a serious crime. The
question is, what if this individual is innocent of all allegations? No one
seems to be talking about that at this time.
Now, we are all about privacy and cybersecurity, so with that in mind, we would like to recommend three apps that are good enough to replace WhatsApp as your go-to messaging service. Yes, it’s hard to switch to a new service since almost everyone uses WhatsApp these days. But when it comes down to privacy, one has to make sacrifices down the line.
Bear in mind that each app mentioned below are free to
download and free to use without any need for the user to pay.
Here are the best alternatives to WhatsApp in 2019
Probably the most known WhatsApp alternative today is
Telegram. It has over 200 million users, and it functions a lot like WhatsApp
in many ways. We like the fact that the tool is open-source, and like WhatsApp,
it has end-to-end encryption for both messages and voice calls.
Messages are saved in the cloud; therefore, users will always have access to old content no matter the device being used. For some, messages in the cloud is a good thing, but for others, they prefer the WhatsApp model where content is saved locally.
We have to admit, Signal is best on this list, but it lacks
the userbase of WhatsApp and Telegram to make a difference right now. However,
if you’re truly troubled by the upcoming agreement between the US and UK, then
make attempts to get friends and family to make the switch.
OK, so Signal is open-source, messages and calls are encrypted, the encryption technology is open-source, and users can let messages disappear after some time. As of right now, the app is available on all major platforms, and that includes Android, iOS, Windows, Debian-based Linux, and Mac.
Again, we have another messaging app that supports video and
voice call that is based on open-source technology. Now, when using Riot.IM,
every user is provided with a unique ID, and it is used instead of a phone
number so your identity will always be protected.
What’s interesting about this app when compared to the others is the fact that it provides public chatrooms. If you want to meet new people while keeping your anonymity, then Riot.IM is your best bet at the time of writing.