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Is your messaging service secure?

Whether you’re running drugs, conducting an operation on behalf of the United States or just want to keep your information private and secure, it’s important to know what service to use.

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In today’s world, there are a number of messaging services and there is no doubt that some are better than others for ease of use or for their various features.  But it is important to know what information can be seen by others.  Below is a chart that shows what some of the common messaging services offer in the way of security.  This audit is continually updated and conducted by eff.org.

Encrypted in transit? Encrypted so the provider can’t read it? Can you verify contacts’ identities? Are past comms secure if your keys are stolen? Is the code open to independent review? Is security design properly documented? Has there been any recent code audit?
WhatsApp YES YES YES YES NO YES YES
Facebook Chat YES NO NO NO NO NO YES
iMessage YES YES NO YES NO YES YES
SnapChat YES NO NO NO NO NO YES
Skype YES NO NO NO NO NO NO
Wickr YES YES YES YES NO NO YES
Text Secure YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Hushmail YES NO NO NO NO NO NO
Silent Text YES YES YES YES YES YES  YES

At the end of the day, you should always use proper OPSEC when using any device.  But it’s good to know what apps are more secure than others.

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