It's important to keep your private chats and calls safe from prying eyes. Apple and Android have some safeguards in place, but they're not too private.
Let's look at some message app alternatives.
Threema is an end-to-end encrypted message app alternative that uses high-end security to protect your communications.
It includes private text, voice, picture, video messaging, and even file sharing.
Once you open the app, a Threema ID key is created. This allows you to use the app anonymously - no names required.
You can also use a QR code to share with others if you don't want to exchange names.
Adding an email or phone number makes it easier for other friends to find you, but it is not required.
You can download Threema for $4 on both iOS and Android.
Dust lets you send private messages, photos, and videos called "Dusts" to your contacts that disappear shortly after being read.
Instead of storing messages on your phone or a server, they're sent to the app's RAM until they are accessed by the receiver.
You can erase messages within 24 hours or as soon as someone reads them. You can even erase your message from someone else's device.
Usernames don't appear in messages, and the app will let you know if someone takes a screenshot of the chat.
Dust is free and available on iOS and Android.
Signal is an all-inclusive, messaging, voice call, and group-chat solution. And it's all end-to-end encrypted.
The encryption code is open-source and can be edited or checked for flaws.
Like Dust, you set messages to self-destruct after a certain amount of time.
Unfortunately, you do need to link a phone number to Signal to use all the app's features. Signal only stores the data so the app functions properly.
Signal is free and available on mobile and desktop.
Pair any of these message app alternatives with other private tools.
You may want to ditch Apple and Android for a more private mobile OS.
Opt for privacy-based browsers like Brave or Tor to protect browsing history.
Try using Brave Search instead of Google when searching for things.
And keep your VPN handy so your internet traffic is hidden and encrypted.