I’ve tried to bring some friends over to Signal, but not one seems to like the app. They complain that it’s missing features and performs terribly. I’ve used Allo’s incognito chats up to this point but have been looking for alternatives before Allo inevitably is killed.
I see that the main concerns regarding Telegram are that chats are not E2E encrypted by default and that they’ve rolled their own encryption method. But if they’re so problematic, why has it been banned in many countries? Surely a few governments could put their best and brightest to work at getting into Telegram if they’re not secure enough. Wouldn’t a messaging service that doesn’t care about this bow to the demands of a foreign government to keep their userbase high? The app gives users the option to use secret chats anyway; why would more options be bad?
And I haven’t seen much said about Line. Yes, it’s not a service that advertises any privacy advantages, but it’s still a widely used service. It added a “Letter Sealing” E2E encryption feature a couple of years ago and has since enabled it by default in many parts of the app. If a major concern with Telegram is that encryption is often not enabled by default, this seems to address it. Are there any concerns one should have about Line?
My concern is more about keeping people with nefarious purposes out of my messages, not chatting completely anonymously. The people I’m talking to know who I am anyway.