5 secure messaging apps that don't require e-mail or phone number



As we have mentioned on previous occasions, WhatsApp's last tum to accept yes or yes its new terms and conditions have been the last straw after a series of privacy scandals associated with the parent company of the popular messaging service, Facebook Inc., making in many parts of the world a choice to look and migrate decisively to other alternatives.

This has allowed Telegram to be the most downloaded messaging app over the past January, especially on Android phones, according to data provided days ago by analysis firm Sensor Tower.

Signal has obviously been the second most beneficial messaging app following WhatsApp's controversial attitude to its terms and conditions.

But in addition to the well-known messaging apps, many others also deserve attention, especially for those who look at the fact that it is not necessary to provide either a mobile phone number or an email address.

In this regard, we now bring you, in short, some of the messaging apps we know meet this requirement.

Threema

This messaging platform, well known in Germany, does not require you to provide an e-mail address or mobile phone number, being optional for the users themselves, who when registering, will get a random ID consisting of 8 digits.

Also, they will have the possibility to back up their ID to incorporate it into the same or another device, in addition to revoking the current ID and deleting the ID and any trace of conversations on the current device.

Threema - Secure and Private Messenger

In terms of operation, it is quite similar to WhatsApp. The only drawback is that for private users, getting the app costs 4 euros unique, staying the whole service afterward at no cost.



Session

This messaging platform is very basic and works in a decentralized manner, under the Loki Foundation's Onion network.

Its application is basically an adaptation of the Signal application, in which encrypted end-to-end conversations are offered under the same encryption protocol as Signal, allowing for the moment one-to-one text conversations and in public and private groups.

Users will get an ID consisting of a succession of random alphanumeric characters, which works as a public key, although there is the possibility to link a permanent username by purchasing it through the anonymous Oxen cryptocurrency.

Session | Send Messages, Not Metadata. | Private Messenger (getsession.org)

To recover a user account it is necessary to have the recovery phrase provided (and saved in a safe place) when creating an account.

Twine

This messaging platform, of European origin and based in France, offers everything you would expect from a messaging application, with messages and encrypted calls from end to end, and has an elegant minimalist design.

But it also does not ask for any personal data, and even does not access the contact book for the search of friends, since conversations travel directly between the devices themselves without any servers being brought in between.

The creators claim that Twinme is also ideal for use among minors, and even point out that "in time you are not a product" even though it is offered for free and without any commercial motivation.

Users will get a random ID consisting of a succession of alphanumeric sequences, and luckily, more recently it has a system to allow migration to another mobile device.

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Ovid

It is an even more unknown option, although it is also of French origin. Users receive an ID consisting of an extensive string of alphanumeric characters, although this ID is quite camouflaged, facilitating the fact that users can add contacts, like the previous option, by invitation through other social networks or by scanning a QR code.

Unlike other options, it has a payment function: making VoIP phone calls. Other contacts will be able to receive them, as well as participate in individual and group conversations for free.

Unfortunately, you don't have account export options yet.

Olvid - Technology



TeleGuard

And finally, this is an interesting option, based and servers in Switzerland, that generates a short random ID, easier to remember and with the possibility to associate with a username for easier handling.

Contacts can be added through the identifier or by QR code scanning. Moreover, it is a fairly minimalist messaging application but with an elegant and modern interface.

Users won't miss options like emojis, stickers, or audio messages, although for now, it doesn't have audio or video calls. Later they will incorporate a device migration mechanism, for those who want to switch mobiles without losing the user ID along the way.

Teleguard - secure messenger from Switzerland - TeleGuard

Concluding

These are interesting options that allow participation anonymously and securely, with end-to-end encrypted communications, and that on their respective pages will offer the most technical information.

Except for David, the other options also support Spanish in the interface, and Olvid is also the only one that offers a payment function of this whole relationship.

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