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A List Of Instant Messengers With End-To-End Encryption

The instant messengers apps listed below all use end-to-end encryption.

This means that your messages are encrypted before they leave your device. Hence your messages are secured against snoopers before they are transmitted.

  • Session: all-in-one secure chat app — uses an onion routing network that stores undeliverable messages in blockchain until the recipient comes online
  • Element (formerly Riot.IM) chat with self hosting and bridges to other instant messaging networks
  • Tox: free secure message without advertising forever
  • Wire: open source secure messaging (encryption for messenger, voice, video, conference calls, file-sharing, and external collaboration)
  • Jami: Voice, video and chat communications, encrypted and decentralized
  • Jitsi: secure, full featured video conferencing
  • Briar: encrypted instant messenger that connects to contacts via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Tor over the internet to synchronize messages

These services have end-to-end encryption but they require a phone number or other identifying information to work:

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  1. > The instant messengers apps listed below all use end-to-end encryption

    iMessage & WhatsApp are not open source, so the promise of “end to end encryption” is completely worthless because it is unverifiable. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum quit his job at Facebook, and WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is warning people not to use WhatsApp since Facebook took over. Facebook has never published an app which does NOT spy on you!

    > These services have end-to-end encryption but they require a phone number

    Session is a decentralized fork of Signal which does NOT require a phone number. It runs on a hybrid onion routing network that stores undeliverable messages in blockchain until the recipient comes online. Really surprised that a blockchain/crypto expert would miss this one.

    Element (formerly Riot.IM) also supports E2E without a phone number; it also supports self hosting and pluggable transports (meaning: bridges to other instant messaging networks.) Mozilla has chosen Element for its corporate messaging needs.

  2. What about new [url=https://getsession.org/]Session[/url] messenger?
    Mesh network, end-to-end encryption, doesn’t requires phone number.
    Blockchain on Loki network.

    I’m not affilated.

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      Signal requires your to enter a telephone number to work. But I added it to the list for the sake of completeness.

      1. How about Session messenger? (getsession.org). It uses an onion inspired system to deliver your messages. It is also a decentralized messenger, and needs no mobile phone number. Features group chats.

        There’s also riot.im/matrix, which I personally don’t like/use, but it exists. (The whole sake of e2e messanging is being normie friendly. For the effort of matrix, I could be pgp’ing text with people already)

        Also, perhaps this article could be extended by notices, such as afaik, for Jami to deliver your messages, both users need to be online, correct me if I am wrong.

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      Signal requires your to enter a telephone number to work. But I added it to the list for the sake of completeness.

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