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Which Messaging Apps Are Secure? Let’s Find Out!

As netizens, we use various messaging apps for our private conversations without realizing the privacy concerns associated with them. It should be obvious by now that not all messaging apps are secure, because not all messengers use secure encryption [Whats is Encryption?]. However, there are few that do use sufficient encryption methods and are actually secure when it comes to the privacy of your communications.

So, to ease your decision-making process, we have compiled our findings into a descriptive table and listed down all the major messaging apps that we commonly use. The table lists the number of users a particular messaging app has and whether the app has employed any encryption technology to safeguard your communications.

Majority of the messaging apps does not provide encryption, you should encrypt these messaging apps, your devices and internet connection with PureVPN. So, without further adieu, here’s the table:

Messenger Apps Encrypted Communications? Users 
Whatsapp

1.1 Bn 
Global

FB Messenger * 1 Bn
Global
Google Hangouts 1 Bn
America
WeChat 700 Mn
China
Viber 500 Mn
Europe & Asia
Skype ** 500 Mn
Global
Line 215 Mn
Japan & Asia
Telegram 100 Mn
USA & UK
BB Messenger 100 Mn
Global
KakaoTalk 100 Mn
South Korea
Tango 100 Mn
Americas
Kik 100 Mn
Canada & USA
SnapChat 100 Mn
Global
IMO 100 Mn
USA & Europe
QQ Mobile 85 Mn
China
Yahoo 50 Mn
USA
Hike 50 Mn
India & Middle East
ooVoo  50 Mn
America & Europe
Nimbuzz 10 Mn
India
Free video calls and chat 10 Mn
Russia
Zap Zap 5 Mn
Europe
Playstation Messages 1 Mn
Global
Signal Private Messenger 1 Mn
USA
Plus Messenger 1 Mn
USA

* There is no default encryption on FB Messenger, however, you can opt-in to avail the encryption feature through settings
** Only Skype to Skype communication is encrypted. The Skype to Phone communication is NOT encrypted.

Also Read: Best Encryption Software to Protect Your Data

As you can see, there are several commonly used apps that are not safe for messaging since they do not employ any encryption method. There are more than 4 billion users at risk, just because their messages are not encrypted.

Encryption has become a necessity for all of us in the digital age. It is essential for users to protect their own privacy by using the most appropriate tools to encrypt everything on the web, including their conversations.

So, to keep yourself secure and encrypted on the World Wide Web, use PureVPN, since it is the most suitable solution. Not only does it keep your messages secure with the best encryption methods, but it also keeps your identity and privacy protected. Don’t forget, you need to encrypt everything and PureVPN actually encrypts everything!