A recently disclosed FBI training document shows how much access to the content of encrypted messages from secure messaging services US law enforcement can gain and what they can learn about your usage of the apps. The infographic shows details about iMessage, Line, Signal, Telegram, Threema, Viber, WeChat, WhatsApp, and Wickr. And while the FBI document does not say this isn’t true, it reveals what type of information law enforcement will be able to unearth from each of the listed services. Note: A pen register is an electronic tool that can be used to capture data regarding all telephone numbers that are dialed from a specific phone line. Line is a freeware app for instant communications on electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and personal computers. Suspect’s and/or victim’s registered information (profile image, display name, email address, phone number, LINE ID, date of registration, etc.).

Maximum of seven days’ worth of specified users’ text chats (Only when end-to-end encryption has not been elected and applied and only when receiving an effective warrant; however, video, picture, files, location, phone call audio and other such data will not be disclosed). Users can send one-to-one and group messages, which can include files, voice notes, images and videos. The apps include mechanisms by which users can independently verify the identity of their contacts and the integrity of the data channel. The service also provides end-to-end encrypted video calling, VoIP, file sharing and several other features. No contact information provided for law enforcement to pursue a court order. Unlike other apps, it doesn’t require you to enter an email address or phone number to create an account.

Likewise, your public keys reside on devices instead of the central servers. Provides account (i.e. phone number)) registration data and IP address at time of creation.

WeChat is a Chinese multi-purpose instant messaging, social media and mobile payment app. User activity on WeChat has been known to be analyzed, tracked and shared with Chinese authorities upon request as part of the mass surveillance network in China.

WhatsApp, is an American, freeware, cross-platform centralized instant messaging and VoIP service owned by Meta Platforms. Court order: Subpoena return as well as information like blocked users. Wickr was founded in 2012 by a group of security experts and privacy advocates but was acquired by Amazon Web Services. Limited records of recent changes to account setting such as adding or suspending a device (does not include message content or routing and delivery information). If there is one thing clear from the information in this document it’s that most, if not all, of your messages are safe from prying eyes in these apps, unless you’re using WeChat in China.

WhatsApp privacy update: Signal to Telegram, a detailed look at the

WhatsApp privacy update: Signal to Telegram, a detailed look at the

WhatsApp has revised its privacy policy, which has sparked concern given the data sharing with Facebook and its partner companies. The new privacy policy has certainly caused a lot more people to consider alternatives to WhatsApp. The Signal app for instance has seen a meteoric rise in its popularity, and has topped the charts on iOS, driven by an increase in downloads from India. Another popular alternative to WhatsApp is Telegram, which while it is not end-to-end encrypted across the app, continues to gain new users.

Currently, the best alternative to WhatsApp if one were to consider the security features and the fact that this is run by a non-profit firm. Yes, the private messaging app can be used across platforms from Android, iOS, iPad, Mac, Windows and Linux as well. Former WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton helped found the Signal foundation along with Marlinspike, and has also poured in $50 million to fund the app.

Other features include fingerprint lock, read Receipts, location sharing, relay calls, archive chats, and more. You can clear messages, remove videos or images and check different files in the storage management tool. Chart made via Canva by Ankita Garg Comparison of WhatsApp vs Telegram vs Signal features. (Image source: Reuters) Telegram is one of the most popular apps with around 500 million users.

To protect the data that is not covered by end-to-end encryption, the company uses a distributed infrastructure. Given it relies on its own cloud backup, Telegram ensures that when you set up the app on a different device, the entire chat history is retained. But Telegram recently announced its monetisation plans as the company says the project of this “size needs at least a few hundred million dollars per year to keep going.” The service also confirmed that the advertisement interface will be user-friendly, and it will respect users privacy, which means no data will be taken.

As per Telegram, it will soon launch premium features for business or power users. The current features will remain free for all the Telegram users, but the new ones might fall in the premium plan.

The best part about Telegram is it is a cloud service, which is why you don’t need to worry about backing up chats to other servers to restore them on a new device. The good part about Telegram is you can send up to 1.5GB of files, create channels, add up to 2 lakh users in a group, forward files without downloading them, schedule messages, archive chats, and more. Telegram even displays the name of the original source from where you have forwarded a message and once you tap on it, you will be redirected to that group or channel. Telegram supports Picture-in-Picture mode, which means that you can video call while using other apps like Instagram. Telegram offers really cool and fun animated stickers, which you will not find on any other messaging app. In order to create an account, you just need to provide your mobile number and some basic information.

The data collected by Telegram includes name, phone number, contacts and user ID, according to the privacy label on the Apple App Store. The company says that everyone will have to make sure that they are using the latest version of Viber to get maximum protection.

The company says “Showing you these tailored and relevant offers help us keep the app free for you to use.”. You can create your own GIF, search and send YouTube videos in the app itself and do a lot of other things. However, the privacy features that Signal offers are not present in both Telegram and Viber.

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