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So few of us have the deep knowledge of cryptography necessary to gauge when our communications are secure, we have no choice but to select the best such arbiters we can. Signal is the consensus pick of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Edward Snowden, among others, and so this is where I hang my hat. See More
Peter J. Mello's Experience
For those using Join, Pushbullet, or similar apps to send and receive SMS/MMS from web or desktop, putting your SMS in Signal somehow breaks this functionally. The dev is aware but plans to remedy the situation have not been named a priority See More
The only way to get end-to-end encryption (client-client) using Telegram is to use the Secret Chat function, anything through the service is server-client encrypted. Moreover, secret chats are only implemented in some clients (Mobile apps, Native MacOs, Native Win10). Other clients as Webogram (Web) or TDesktop (platform independent) do not offer secret chats, which makes it impossible to use Secret chats on older veersions of Windows, Linux, BSD or TVs. See More
Unfortunately, on the desktop videos don't apply, but images are viewable without visiting popular websites like imgur and Instagram. You can play YouTube videos and others within the app, so you don't need to embed code or anything. With inline bots, such as @gif, @pic/bing, @vid/YouTube, etc, you can look things up without leaving the client or chat that you're in. Simply type the name and some keywords and wait for the results to load. See More
Free - Nonsense, server is not free. Black box solution. See More
The founder Pavel Durov was exiled from Russia after refusing to cooperate with the Kreml to stamp the opposition and oppress the people. He nearly lost everything he worked on and started Telegram in exile. He has been a big proponent of free speech and unquestioned privacy since then. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-12/cryptic-russian-crusader-says-his-5-billion-app-can-t-be-bought See More
In Supergroups, anyone along with admins can delete their messages from all sides. A message can be pinned to the top. All of the user's messages can be deleted by an administrator, and they can be banned and reported as well. Supergroups can have a public link (outside of Asia, due to high spam volumes), which is also a username. See More
All chats, bots, groups, supergroups, and channels are shown under the same panel. There are clients with better-organized interfaces, like PlusMessenger (Android Telegram client), for example. Those show each category in their own panel. See More
You can set up an additional password to your account, which can be reset by your email. You don't have to use an email, if you do not want to. If you lose access to your email or forget your password, you will be able to reset it via text message if your account is over seven days old and will receive it within a week (in case you recover anything before then). See More
Whatsapp, being the biggest messenger, is far behind in innovation and feels the need to copy nearly all features from Telegram. Therefore, Whatsapp's new features are usually available in Telegram at least six months in advance. The only exceptions from this are starres messages and photo albums. See More
Even though encryption used for cloud-based storage (e.g. Gmail, Facebook, iCloud) may not be as secure as end-to-end encryption or zero-knowledge storage, Telegram does the most that it can by holding keys to chats in different jurisdictions, requiring intergovernmental cooperation to obtain the keys. This is aside from whatever other security measures have been taken, of course. See More
Telegram uses an open source MTProto encryption protocol that provides complete end-to-end encryption for secret chats. To show off their confidence in the protocol the company behind Telegram has organized $200,000 and $300,000 challenges to break the encryption. So far there have been no winners. See More
You can set up an additional password to your account, which can be reset by your email. You don't have to use an email if you do not want to. If you lose access to your email or forget your password, you will be able to reset it via text message if your account is over seven days old and will receive it within a week (in case you recover anything before then). See More
Wire's fully open-source architecture allows anyone to host a server and selectively federate with the rest of the network (including Wire's official servers). In turn, federation allows for decentralization, guaranteeing stable, robust, and uncompromised service beyond even the lifetime of the company. See More
Pidgin isn't the most friendly piece of software to use, the very nature of being a multi-protocol messaging suite leads to some fragmented development issues, but it remains one of the only ways to maintain contact with a large contact list over the increasingly diverse instant messaging ecosystem. See More
Peter J. Mello's Experience
Pidgin not only supports IRC, it also supports plenty of other services such as AIM, Google Talk, MSN, ICQ and plenty of others. This way, you can have all of your conversations in the same app and won't have to deal with multiple chat windows being open. See More
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