Telegram: A worthy alternative to WhatsApp

After the massive Facebook – WhatsApp deal, there has been a lot of talk about the messaging services and which one is the best of them. Type Messaging or IM in the Google, Apple or Windows app store and you will be flooded with hundreds of apps that look and work exactly the same way with the sole aim of providing instant messaging and content sharing access to users but only a few apps like WhatsApp, Viber and Line have been able to make a mark for themselves.

Adding to the growing list of messengers, we have a new kid on the block, Telegram, which aims to be different from the others. Telegram is a free cross-platform messenger launched in 2013 by the developer Digital Fortress LLC. It’s available on iOS and android with no ads and the developer says the service will remain free from subscription and ads for lifetime.

Telegram for iOS
Android version
Telegram for Android

The app has all the features that one expects from a modern day messenger like group chat with up to 100 people, video sharing up to 1GB, instant photo and media sharing etc.. The apps UI looks somewhat similar to WhatsApp and just like WhatsApp is loaded with number of emoticons.

But thats not all. The biggest USP of Telegram is its Speed, Privacy and Security. The app provides an interesting feature called Secret chats, which as per the developer provides end-to-end encryption to ensure that a message can only be read by its intended recipient. All your secret chats are never logged or stored on any of the servers and the user can automatically program the messages to self-destruct from both the devices so there is never any record of it. So, there is no worry of Mr. X or the NSA reading all your private and confidential messages. All the secret chats are encrypted, regardless of type. Telegram encryption is based on 256-bit symmetric AES encryption, RSA 2048 encryption and Diffie–Hellman secure key exchange.

So the big question is should you abandon WhatsApp and switch to Telegram? When you take into account all the features the app provides, with zero fees for lifetime and no ads, and club it with the additional security for your private and confidential messages and media, it’s definitely worth consideration. But before you switch to Telegram, make sure you have your friends also on the messenger.

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