What is the best secure messenger to use?

What nice app do you guys use for senting ims, calls, video and sharing stuff? Talking about safer versions of Viber and WhatsApp)
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    Wire

    Great conversations. Built for mobile, tablets, & desktop.

    Doney den Ouden
    Doney den OudenProduct Designer · Edited
    Wire is open source and at least as secure as Signal, but actually usable thanks to its beautiful design and great features. You can send all kinds of file formats, temporary messages, GIFs, pings (think Buzzers from the MSN days), sketches, and audio messages with voice filters. It even had encrypted video calls before Signal. The app is available for all major platforms, including the web, and syncs messages between devices. You can sign up without a phone number, and they release updates every 2 weeks!
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    Karthikeyan KC
    Karthikeyan KCCreator of Swyde and Geekswipe · Written
    XMPP > Signal > Wire! The practical choice here would be Wire! Unlike Signal, which is available only on Mobile platforms (sorry, a chrome extension is not that convincing when compared to a standalone desktop client), Wire is cross-platform and it uses a protocol that's based on the Signal protocol. So it's quite easy to request your friends and family to switch to Wire. If you are looking for a cross-platform secure messenger with E2EE and all the familiar features, I recommend Wire. With external independent security audits, open-sourcing their server side codes, Wire is only getting better.
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    Advantages of wire over signal, you ask? - sending pics and videos in a group chat doesn't take forever - group chats​ actually work without having to deal with "bad encrypted messages" and weird errors that make my relatives and friends think I'm a tinfoil hat weirdo - development cycle is fast, thanks to a larger number of developers - group calls - the FBI has never gained access to the information on their servers (even though moxie had very little information​ to hand over, I am not a fan of the FBI interfering with the apps I use) I'm not going to make a list of the advantages wire has over telegram, since we're talking about secure messengers. I'm not really sure why people are recommending it since the question explicitly asked for a "safer version of WhatsApp"
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    • Stewart Alexander
      Stewart Alexanderstewalexander.com

      Lovely app, unfortunately ts downfall is its obscurity, few know it exists. I for one sing its praises to all I know, still with so many options it is hard to get people away from other IM / vdeo clients

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    Telegram Messenger

    Whatsapp-esque messaging app but open, cloudbased, encrypted

    Robert K.
    Robert K.Student. Chess player. Creator. · Written
    Many features that aren't cluttered, many users, great security.
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    Nate
    NateCEO at Amplifr · Written
    Fast and reliable, has calls, group chats, p2p encrypted chats.
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    Telegram is a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed.
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    Signal 2.0

    Send end-to-end encrypted text, picture, and video messages

    seko
    sekoSoftware Developer, Sleepy Bug Studio · Written
    Signal is the most recommended secure messenger by the security experts. If you are looking for full security, it seems Signal is the way to go.
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    Frank Schwarz
    Frank SchwarzExec. Producer of The SEO Show · Written
    I use this and just be careful of the photo size you share, but so far I haven't been hacked or featured on TMZ.
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    Arun Sathiya
    Arun Sathiya4Happiness Engineer, Automattic · Written
    Privacy, look no further and get Signal.
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  4. Tomas Johnson
    Tomas JohnsonProduct manager · Written
    If you need complete privacy I’d recommend the services that are more focused on security by design. Threema for messages and sharing files (pdf, gif, zip, mp3 etc). Not all are listed here like Symphony http://symphony.com/ for productivity and collaboration or Vipole https://www.vipole.com/ for encrypted video and group calls.
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    Thnx for the heads up! I got a look at all 3 of them, quiet nice. Never heard of VIPole thought... Is it a new thing?
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    Confide 3.0

    Send confidential, screenshot-proof messages, docs & photos

    Jared Schaffer
    Jared SchafferFounder/Product, The Tribe 🕴 Dallas, TX · Written
    Politicians are using Confide over other secure messaging apps now so that must mean something 🙃
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    Keybase Chat

    End-to-end encrypted chat built into Keybase

    Charles Magnuson
    Charles MagnusonProfessional Consumer · Written
    Extremely secure messaging with lots of wonderful features such as encrypted file sharing.
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  7. Christopher Leach
    Christopher LeachProgrammer and Student · Written
    Has the best encryption and you can run you're own server if you want. Uses OTR (Off the record) messaging to encrypt even more.
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    Seald

    Keep your conversations secure, everywhere.

    Maxime Huber
    Maxime HuberCPO at Seald.io · Written
    Maxime Huber made this product
    It works on the apps you already use :) It doesn't change your habits !
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  9. Tomas Johnson
    Tomas JohnsonProduct manager · Written
    got lots of features for enhancing privacy like hidden contacts, invisible mode, and the only one I know with secure group voice calls and video meetings.
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    Flock

    Real-time team messenger tool

    It's a team messenger. We extensively use this app for collaborating. There's channels for group chat, video conferencing, file sharing, to-dos and a lot more... It also works across platforms. I've got the android app and windows one, works amazingly fast! The best part, it's free to use.
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    • RJ Lewis Digital
      RJ Lewis DigitalRJ Lewis, Digital Consultant

      I love that flock is stable, easy to use and has a good base of application integrations. I typically miss flowdock, but the overall collaborative experience is better than slack. Been using a little over 6 mos.- couldn't pick that though

  11. I have created this post a while ago and since then I have tested quite a lot of apps. I would say that VIPole is one of the few apps with vast functionality. It's pretty easy to use and has all you need to get in touch with friends, family and collaeagues from work. Thire team is constantly working on different improvments and I am definetly looking forward seeing more of it!
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    Riot

    Shared workspace for the web. (Open-source Slack competitor)

    Mohammed Rafy
    Mohammed Rafy5All things Community · Written
    I have been using this since quite a few months and it's nice.
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    MyChat

    Secure instant messenger for any network

    Alexey Pikurov
    Alexey PikurovCommunication and security · Written
    Great software for secure communication in the workplace. - Own local server under your control - User authorization control - Encrypted database - No social engineering - Works in LAN
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  14. Mobile security is more and more important nowadays, that’s why I think no matter who you are, what you do. You will need an app to protect your phone! I am using this app called ‘AppLock’, which is amazing because it can lock all of my apps, images even videos. This app is always on my list when it comes to app recommendation. The one thing that I like the most about this app is that it can take photos of the person who’s trying to unlock your phone! This feature is really funny because I always got the intruder selfie notification from my kids. They are trying really hard to unlock my phone for video games. If you are a cautious people, you really do need one of this app.
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