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Submitted by wnylibrarian on Tue, 05/11/2021 - 16:02
It is no revelation that I am always on the look out for good messaging apps. In the Apple Ecosystem there is iMessage, and that's basically it. Even though many other apps are available too few people that I come across ever investigate them. (Which is really a shame.) I am sure that it is because Apple restricts their users to iMessage not so much for E2EE capability but to send SMS messages for those outside of the iMessage network. In other words standard antiquated text messaging. When you're beholden to one thing, in this case iMessage, you don't know what else is out there. (Apple is also holding back the RCS messaging standard and the wheels of progress, but that is an argument for another time.)
Truth is there are many messaging apps out there. Some are good. Some are not so good -- particularly when it comes to E2EE, privacy, and how data is stored, sent, and sourced. The difference on the Android side of the game is that the OS allows a user to set another application, Signal, Telegram, Whatsapp, to also serve as the default SMS application. iMessage does not. Score an extra point to Android for that.
I find it mildly amusing that there is an obsession in the technology world about porting over iMessage to the Android platform. Yes, to communicate within the same system is always easier for both sides, but I still contend that iMessage already exists on Android, and it is Signal. I've even customized it to make SMS messages from iPhone users as green bubbles. So there. It's practically the same from that stand point.
I came across this article the other day listing the best messaging apps that offer end-to-end encryption (E2EE). To no surprise Signal came up on the top of the list. Now, such ratings are a very subjective thing I realize. Rankings will very proportionate to the number of people providing the ranking. However, I did get a small chuckle that iMessage (on this ranking at least) came in at #5. Topping the list was Signal and Telegram. Again, no surprise.
Here is the link to the article:
15 best secure and encrypted messaging apps to use in 2021 via Privacy Savvy.