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Private Messengers

Keep your private conversations private.
Use a secure messenger instead of services like SMS (text message), Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Google Hangouts, Skype, or Yahoo Messenger.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE

About as good as it gets in secure messaging.

Signal’s popularity is well deserved. It’s encryption is second-to-none, it supports text, voice, and video calling, and it’s simple enough for anyone to comfortably adopt.

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With text, video, and voice, Signal's considered one of the most secure messengers available and endorsed by specialists like Edward Snowden.

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Beautiful, fast, and packed with features like voice and video calling, file sharing, customizable wallpapers, stickers, and extensive GIF/emoji support.

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One of the few potential "Slack Killers" on the market, Wire supports E2EE voice, video, screen sharing, freehand sketching, and is protected by Swiss privacy laws.

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With anonymous registration and no-knowledge access to your messages, Threema's a nice choice for those needing extra anonymity.

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Peerio's a nice option for those needing an office or team messenger with strong security and included file sharing.

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A great messenger for more technical users, Keybase's integrated file sharing is robust and convenient for sharing files across the web.

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Wickr's a great office/team messenger with encrypted voice, video, and screen sharing- plus a perfect 5-star rating from the EFF!

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Cyph's a nice option for those needing extreme anonymity and browser-based ephemeral text, voice, and video messaging.

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An open source, self-hosted messenger solution for groups. Their encryption is in beta, but Riot comes with file sharing, voice, and video.