What are the best Secure Texting Apps?

asked by Keri Beard
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8 solutions
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    #1Telegram

    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

    Roger Richardson
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "This is a great messaging app. It is extremely similar to Facebook messenger and WhatsApp. It gives you the full range of possibilities as to what you would like to send. You can invite your friends to also chat via Telegram. My personal thoughts are that there are getting to be too many of these types of applications. I have never heard of anyone else using Telegram as I feel most of my friends use KiK. All in all though, it does as it promises and that is what matters most. "
  2. 6

    #2Wickr

    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

    Shirley Cook
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "As an international spy, I cannot emphasize enough how amazing this app is. I love being able to text my spy colleagues about little Suzie's dance recital or my most recent political hit. It's super discreet and useful. "
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    #3ChatSecure

    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

    Nicolás Alonso
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #4Signal

    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

    Janice Davidson
    Written on January 13, 2018
    "This is a great app! Perfect if your looking to maintain privacy and protect your communications. It is very easy to use, works great on both my Samsung and LG. I have no complaints with this app whatsoever. If secure communication is something you need try this app."
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    #5Silent Phone

    Silent Phone
    Silent Phone provides peer-to-peer encrypted calling, secure video, messaging and file transfers and is available for Android, Silent OS and iOS.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Marilyn Delgado
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "I downloaded this app to check it out. I can see the pluses and negatives to this app. While I appreciate the idea of encrypted messaging and phone calls. I can also see children using this to have inappropriate conversations with others because they know that their parents can't find it. My concern would be that a child would meet someone online and start having conversations that lead to them being kidnapped or sex trafficked. Overall, the app seems to work well. I just have concerns."
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    #6Dust

    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

    Gloria Hicks
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "Talk about wanting to keep things private. There has never been a time when I needed a app like this. A part of me feels as if this could be used for cheating purposes. I am far too transparent and honest. But for those of you that need it this is a great solution. No need to worry about going back to delete texts. A disclaimer is needed for this app stating this will not stop you from getting caught with yo cheating ass. Lol!"
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    #7Ceerus

    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

    Amy Douglas
    Written on January 27, 2018
    "This is a great app for sending encrypted messages. This app helps you keep your texts safe."
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    #8Gliph

    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

    Rebecca Harris
    Written on February 2, 2018
    "The app itself was ok but when I had a question, support wasn't responsive. I appreciated the bitcoin integration but the app seems to have lost its luster."

Summary

Best What are the best Secure Texting Apps
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1TelegramApps 9 Free
2WickrApps 6 Free
3ChatSecureApps 4 Free
4SignalApps 4 Free
5Silent PhoneApps 3 Free
6DustApps 1 Free
7CeerusApps 0 Free
8GliphApps -1 Free
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