Worried about new Whatsapp’s new data policy? Here are 3 apps that encrypt data!

Here are three alternatives - just as good!

Whatsapp released its new terms of service recently according to which its parent company Facebook will now be able to gather Whatsapp users’ data. This data will include location and phone numbers. The new update received a lot of coverage in the media.

Many objected to the new policy, which does not leave users with any options other than leaving the platform if they deem the policy unacceptable. Thus, many users are now switching to the three alternative messaging sites that encrypt their data.

Signal

Signal is an app that is highly similar to Whatsapp in that of features. It allows for free messaging and also protects its users’ data. It also contains features such as disappearing messages, and video and voice calling.

An auto-deletion option is also available on the app, which makes for an even more private experience. However, the app currently does not support animated emojis.

The messaging app’s downloads hiked after the owner of Tesla and Space X Elon Musk tweeted, “Use Signal”.

According to Sensor Tower, Signal was downloaded over 100,000 times over the past two days.

Telegram

Telegram is another messaging app that is available on both the Play Store and App Store. It holds over 200 million active users. There is a double-tick system that indicates whether someone has received your message.

The app contains end-to-end encryption for voice calls, as well as an automatic message deletion option.

After Whatsapp’s announcement of its new terms of service, Telegram was downloaded 2.2 million times, as per Sensor Tower.

Threema

Threema is a free messaging app that offers users end-to-end encryption. The app does not store contact lists, rather users save it for them on their device. Users can connect through an 8-digit Threema pin, instead of a phone number.

People can text, call, and share files through the app, which offers complete data protection as only the sender and the recipient can see the exchanged texts.

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