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Kamal Saini
Kamal S. has been Journalist and Writer for Business, Hardware and Gadgets at Revyuh.com since 2018. He deals with B2b, Funding, Blockchain, Law, IT security, privacy, surveillance, digital self-defense and network policy. As part of his studies of political science, sociology and law, he researched the impact of technology on human coexistence. Email: kamal (at) revyuh (dot) com

The controversial new privacy policy of the WhatsApp messaging service has made many look for an alternative to this application. Revyuh brings together some of the substitutes that allow you to exchange instant messages with other users without giving access to your personal data.

The new WhatsApp conditions oblige users to share some personal data with Facebook, which can process all the information and also share it with other companies.

In this context, many people preferred to run away from the popular application. And here are five messaging services that could replace WhatsApp.

Signal

The downloads of this application have significantly increased after the change in the privacy policy of WhatsApp.

This messaging app belongs to one of the richest man in the world, Elon Musk, who contributed to the growing popularity of the app by urging his followers on Twitter to use this service. 

The application uses an advanced open-source protocol with end-to-end encryption to keep chats private. It allows you to send messages that self-destruct and block screenshots. 

Telegram

Another option is to use Telegram, and the downloads of this application have skyrocketed after the change in the privacy policy of WhatsApp.

Telegram, devised by the founder of the popular Russian social network VK, Pável Dúrov, is considered one of the safest and fastest applications on the market and it has its own MTProto data transmission protocol, designed with an emphasis on security and it has two layers of encryption, server-client and client-client. The latter is used in so-called secret chats.

Viber 

Viber is also a popular calling and messaging app. 

Communications are protected by end-to-end encryption by default. 

Nothing that is shared by users is kept on Viber’s servers once sent, ensures the application’s web.

According to the company, Viber cannot read chats, or listen to conversations.

WeChat 

Another rival to WhatsApp is the Chinese messaging service WeChat with multi-language support.

However, the app also collects some user data “to verify and protect your account and for important administrative purposes,” but “does not use these channels for promotions or marketing,” according to WeChat’s privacy protection summary.

Wire

Funded by Skype co-founder Janus Friis, instant messaging, file sharing, calling and video calling app Wire also uses end-to-end encryption and is a secure app. 

However, it is still not very popular.

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