What are the best resources for sending secure, encrypted messages?

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    #1Confide

    Confide
    Confide is a free confidential messenger that lets you send encrypted messaged that self-destruct after they have been viewed. Confide uses industry-standard end-to-end encryption to keep your messages safe.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jesse Franklin
    Written on March 17, 2017
    "If you are like me then privacy is extremely important. There are all kinds of encrypted message programs out there, but nothing beats Confide. Not only does it use end-to-end encryption (who doesn't) but as soon as the intended receiver gets his/her message, it is destroyed ensuring prying eyes will never be able to see it."
  2. 48

    #2Signal

    Signal

    Signal is a confidential messaging app that lets you communicate instantly without messaging fees and chat in real time with all your friends at once, as well as send attachments with complete privacy. 

    Apps

    iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Roy Mills
    Written on February 4, 2017
    "Based on the information they provided I can only assume the information in this app is as private as they say it is since I don't understand how to read and verify it from their open source code. The app works well and doesn't use my sms messages. Sometimes it does take the messages awhile to show up and sometimes I don't know I have a message unless I open the app but it's a decent messaging program that appears to be very secure."
  3. 44

    #3Telegram

    Telegram

    Telegram is a simple, fast and secure messaging app that allows your messages to be synced across all of your devices. Telegram is particularly useful for sending files and media as there is no filesize limit on what you can send.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Cheryl Stewart
    Written on June 26, 2017
    "Resources for sending secure encrypted messages is what I needed. I found out about telegram and it has been horrible. Easy and user friendly is not what this is. It did not send things secure and the instructions are horrible."

WHAT’S THE MEANING?

Encryption is a data security process that involves encoding a message or information in such a way that only authorized parties can access it. The end-to-end encryption between the two parties makes the exchange of messages immune to any external party that would try to access it—not even the developers of the application. However, this does not protect the messages from being seen if the device is compromised.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that some federal and state government utilize various levels of data encryption techniques to secure that data are not bridged by anyone? An article on Norton says that with the advent of interconnected webs and online clouds, it is nearly impossible to do any business that will not require any personal data from you. 

Internet privacy concerns are among the top reasons why everyone should encrypt. Personal or business email that could contain confidential data are sent through an unencrypted network hence, there is a possibility of interference during the transfer. On a related note, you don’t have to own a business or be rich for you to start encrypting the data you use because hacking knows no boundaries, it is all digital now. According to Online Cyber Security News, a new cryptocurrency mining virus is spreading through Facebook. Why Facebook? Because hackers are aware that it has billions of users and most often than not, these users do not actually have a safe encryption system.

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    #4ChatSecure

    ChatSecure
    Free and open source encrypted chat, ChatSecure makes encrypted messaging possible through popular messaging services (Hangouts, Facebook, Jabber etc.). In order to make it completely secure, you need to install Orbot plugin as well.
    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Li Shi
    Written on January 22, 2017
    "This is a solid solution to sending secure, encrypted messages. I am able to use in through Facebook Messenger to send private messages without worrying about anyone else gaining access. It would be nice to not have to install another plugin for this to work, but if it gets the job done, I'll do it."
  2. 42

    #5Wickr

    Wickr
    A cross-platform desktop software and mobile application for ephemeral messaging. Both for personal and professional use Wickr offers: encrypted messages, secure rooms for workgroups, safe file transfer, ephemeral messages.
    Apps

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Free

    Tammy Simpson
    Written on April 13, 2017
    "Infinitely more private than Skype, infinitely more accessible than something on the DarkWeb, Wickr allows even average joes to keep things private. Or at least, as private as things can BE on the internet these days. Nothing's entirely secure online, but Wickr gives it the old college try. Worth it, if only to fool yourself into thinking you're safe."
  3. 42

    #6VIPole Secure Messenger

    VIPole Secure Messenger
    This is a secure messaging, video, calls and sharing app available for many platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. Both for personal and professional use VIPole is a cross-platform encrypted and multiuser communication app.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux

    Free- Varies by plan

    Marilyn Munoz
    Written on June 12, 2017
    "This solution appears to provide a solution for problem by providing a myriad of services including sending secure and encrypted messaging via instant messaging and via voice mail messaging. The Peer-to-peer channels (P2P) is an added capability for secure messaging that is not yet available, but coming soon."
  4. 26

    #7Virtru

    Virtru

    Virtru provides data protection for G Suite & Office 365. It helps you prevent unauthorized access to emails and files, regardless of where they’re created, stored, or shared.

    Software

    Web

    Price upon request

    Donna Delgado
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "In an age of security leaks and information being accessed by unauthorized sources, finding programs to mitigate these problems is a key source. I read about Virtru so I wanted to give it a fair shot. The given options were really limited though so I deleted it."
  5. 24

    #8StealthChat: Private Messaging

    StealthChat: Private Messaging

    StealthChat is a security app for calling and chatting with your friends and partners. With advanced encryption technology, your phone calls and chat messages are private. All calls and messages are free over cellular and Wi-Fi connections.StealthChat is free, fast, and lightweight .

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Amazon

    Free

    Samuel Hawkins
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "Built with privacy and security in mind from the very beginning, Stealthchat offers advanced encryption for your texts and phone calls so no one can just listen in. A lightweight app for the paranoid among us."
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    #9Firefox Send

    Firefox Send

    Firefox Send lets you send files through a safe, private, and encrypted link that automatically expires to ensure your stuff does not remain online forever.

    Websites

    Free

    Hemant Nair
    Written on February 2, 2017
    "In todays day and age, internet privacy is one of the most important concepts that exist, and a problem I always have is the fear that some hacker will get ahold of my files. Weather it be private photos, finical documents, NDA contracts, or unreleased programs I believe Firefox Send is a wonderful solution to this problem. Using Firefox send, I can now send my files through an encrypted link without the worry of someone getting a hold of those files. Not only is it encrypted but it also expires so all traces get deleted from it, and it comes from a company well known for privacy as Mozilla has the most secure browser out there so I know I can trust them. I would recommend this program to anyone who needs to send files privately for whatever reason there may be."
  7. 9

    #10AxCrypt

    AxCrypt

    AxCrypt is a software that provides security and encryption for your files, cloud storage services, and passwords. Plus, you can use it in many different languages and set up collaboration by allowing another user to access your secured files with their own password.

    Software

    Windows, iOS, Android, Mac

    Free- $75

    Muhammad Bose
    Written on January 14, 2018
    "Ok, no one can be too careful with computer security these days right ? From online hack attacks to nosy co-workers to everything in between, you need to protect sensitive data and no better way to do that than with a strong encryption app. AxCrypt lets you encrypt your sensitive and important files by seamlessly integrating with Windows to keep them ultra safe from prying eyes. Highly recommended open source solution to your encryption needs."
  8. 8

    #11Gliph

    Gliph
    Gliph is a free app that allows you to use personal and group messages securely. It's also a bitcoin marketplace where you can find things to purchase and list your own stuff to sell. The payments for these transactions are made with Bitcoins.
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Gary White
    Written on February 3, 2018
    "I gave Gliph a try since I wanted to find a good app to send secure encrypted messages. The first thing about this app that bugged me was that it wanted my Facebook Account to be activated during signup. I guess it's to verify me as a person. Once in it seems to do what it needs, but I had several issues. There wasn't much for me to seek online documentation or help. There isn't much support at all for this app. You're basically on your own. I tried all the basic features. Group messages, personal messages, of course securely, and it was okay nothing to raise flags but nothing impressive either. The overall usage of their marketplace was adequate for me. List your items, browse around, there's a decent selection of listings and it seems like there are buyers too. Some people point out it has a neat feature with a bitcoin marketplace. A place where you can purchase or sell things and the payments are made through Bitcoins as the form of transaction. That's great, but I guess I don't apply to that since I don't have access to Bitcoins myself."
  9. 6

    #12Dust

    Dust
    Dust is an iOS and Android app that combines the safety of a private phone call with the easiness of a text message. Messages sent with Dust auto-erase after 24 hours.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Carl Arnold
    Written on January 21, 2018
    "It is very safe. It keeps a mobile spam free"
  10. 5

    #13Wire

    Wire
    Cross-platforms messaging app providing special attention to your privacy and a secure communication experience. It is available for many platforms: Web, Windows, Mac. Linux, iOS, Android...
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Lily Fang
    Written on January 17, 2018
    "Wire is awesome for sending secured messages. In today's day and age with technology privacy is very important. an encrypted messenger is a must have for everyone. "
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    #14SSuite Picsel Security

    SSuite Picsel Security

    SSuite Picsel Security is a portable application that encrypts plain text messages or text files using a highly secure method called steganography. Whatever you write will be completely protected from prying eyes, spies, and snoops.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Theresa Perry
    Written on January 19, 2018
    "I needed something to secure some notes for work. This one does the job well as long as you're not a forgetful person. Unfortunately, that is what I am- hence, the notes. So, it takes me a few moments more to recall which is the original and which is the encrypted image. Not a big deal though, and worth the peace of mind knowing my private work notes are kept private. "
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    #15Surespot Encrypted Messenger

    Surespot Encrypted Messenger

    Surespot Encrypted Messenger is an app for iOS and Android devices that lets you send secure encrypted messages. With this app you will be able to control over your messages. Once your message and its attachments are delivered, they will be removed from the receiver's phone.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Christina Fisher
    Written on January 27, 2018
    "I needed the best resources to sending secure encrypted messages to other people. I ran into Surespot Encrypted Messenger. It is available for both iOS and Android, so all my friends and family can use it. It allows me to have control over my messages."
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    #16Ceerus

    Ceerus

    Ceerus is a free app for iOS and Android devices that lets you send secure, encrypted messages. This app is ideal for individuals and companies who want to send video calls and messages in a secure environment.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Matthew Hernandez
    Written on January 28, 2018
    "Although the app is very simple to use, it is not popular. The number of downloads is less than 500 and the number of reviews is 8. This makes me little bit worried and I am not sure whether I can trust this app or not. The app has a very nice interface though."
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    #17Brosix Instant Messenger

    Brosix Instant Messenger

    Brosix Instant Messenger is a secured text-and-video chat app that works on all platforms. It encrypts all communication channels for privacy and security. It allows unlimited file transfer and co-browsing for more efficient communication.

    Apps

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free- $6

    Plamena Gogova
    Written on January 7, 2019
    "Brosix Instant Messenger is an enterprise collaboration tool for companies that need to secure their internal communication. On our work daily basis, we share a lot of delicate data and we need to protect it from the public eye. In a world full of potential information leaks, Brosix is here to protect you."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for sending secure, encrypted messages
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1ConfideApps 85 Free
2SignalApps 48 Free
3TelegramApps 44 Free
4ChatSecureApps 42 Free
5WickrApps 42 Free
6VIPole Secure MessengerSoftware 42 Free
7VirtruSoftware 26 Paid
8StealthChat: Private MessagingApps 24 Free
9Firefox SendWebsites 23 Free
10AxCryptSoftware 9 Free
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