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Bitcoin Messenger May Become the Most Secure and Private Text Messaging Service of All

According to an article by Leigh Cuen in the CoinDesk web site: A new bitcoin privacy technology was born this week, inspired by the politics of the “Great Lockdown.” On Monday, software engineer John Cantrell released a messenger application called Juggernaut. It’s built entirely on top of bitcoin’s scaling layer, the Lightning Network, and offers end-to-end encrypted, onion-routed, peer-to-peer messages. In some ways, Juggernaut offers a more secure and primitive version of the Ethereum-based Status messaging app or […]

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Cyber Dust Privacy App for Text Messaging on your Cellphone

Cyber Dust allows you to communicate freely and honestly. Send and receive text messages, stickers, links, photos, videos and more. Your messages are protected from screenshots and disappear after they are read. They are heavily encrypted and never touch a hard drive, not even in the servers at Cyber Dust headquarters. Once your messages are gone, they are truly gone forever, never to be recovered. Messages are heavily encrypted and […]

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Signal Private Messenger for Safe and Secure Text, Voice, and Video Messaging

“Privacy is possible. Signal makes it easy.” Signal is a very popular safe and secure replacement for cell phone text messaging systems. Best of all, it is available FREE of charge. If you have an Android device, an iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod Touch, Signal will supplement or replace your present text messaging app. Your cell phone will continue to send and receive normal text messages as it always […]

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Are Encrypted Messaging Apps Really Secure?

Here is a quote from Pierluigi Paganini in an article published in the Cybernews.com web site: “Signal: the most secure messaging app? “The messaging app that is considered most secure by privacy advocates and whistleblowers is, without any doubts, Signal. “It implements end-to-end encryption and its source code is open source allowing for auditing. The application allows messages to “disappear” after a certain period of time has elapsed and unlike […]

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Status Wants to Be the World’s Most Private Instant Messaging App

I haven’t had a chance to try Status just yet. However, if the product lives up to its specifications, this could become the only text messaging app you would ever want to use: Fully encrypted end-to-end No central server; all text messages travel directly from the originanting cell phone to the receiving cell phone with no temporary stops on any server in between No telephone numbers! Spies, hackers, credit card […]

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Tories Switch to Messaging App Signal after WhatsApp Leaks

WhatsApp has been plagued with security problems, often making supposedly secret communications visible to unauthorized people. See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site:privacyblog.com+whats+app for past stories about WhatsApp’s many security problems. Now politicians in England have moved to a more secure messaging app following years of leaks from WhatsApp groups. You can read more in an article in The Guardian web site at: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/17/tories-switch-to-messaging-app-signal-to-curb-whatsapp-leaks. What text messaging app are YOU using? Also, who is reading […]

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Hundreds of Millions of People May Have Had Their Text Messages Exposed Online

Are you using an encrypted text messaging app? If not, your private SMS text messages probably were left open online for anyone and everyone to read for an extended period of time. The Texas-based text messaging firm TrueDialog is thought to be responsible for the leak, the cybersecurity experts said. The publicly-accessible information included access to online medical services along with passwords and usernames to websites such as Google and […]

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The Safest Messaging Apps

The security and privacy problems of most of today’s text messaging apps have been well documented in many places, including in this blog. Now Chris Ip has published an article in the EnGadget web site that compares all the more popular text messaging apps side-by-side, describing the strengths and weaknesses of each one. You can read his article at: https://tinyurl.com/privacy190829. NOTE: Read the description of Signal closely. Please note that […]

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25 Million Android Phones are Infected with Malware that Hides in the WhatsApp Messaging App

If you use an Android phone and have WhatsApp installed, you need to read an article by Thomas Brewster that is available in the Forbes web site at: http://bit.ly/2xG7jUL. WhatsApp is a supposedly secure text messaging service owned by Facebook. It uses end-to-end encryption. That should make it safe to use, right? However, the article by Thomas Brewster describes malware (malevolent software) that has already infected as many as 15 […]

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Security Flaw in French Government Messaging App Exposed Confidential Conversations

The French government didn’t trust the security of any of today’s text messaging applications. Therefore, the DINSIC, France’s government agency in charge of all things digital, created a new text messaging product, called Tchap. Developing Tchap became essential as Emmanuel Macron’s campaign team previously relied heavily on Telegram. By default, Telegram doesn’t use end-to-end encryption. In other words, people working for Telegram could easily read Macron’s conversations. It’s a serious […]

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