And in WIRED’s testing of that updated all-in-one app, it’s just as idiot-proof as the two most basic, lime-green i Phone communication buttons it replaces.“The objective is to be a complete, transparent replacement for secure communications,” says Open Whisper Systems founder Moxie Marlinspike.
“We want to have a texting and calling experience that’s actually better than the default experience and is also private.”In fact, the Signal update completes a suite of mobile encryption apps that Marlinspike has been developing for nearly five years.
If you own an i Phone or Android handset and care about your privacy, there’s no longer much of an excuse not to encrypt every conversation you have.
Now a free, zero-learning-curve app exists for both text and voice that can keep those communications fully encrypted, so that no one but the person holding the phone on the other end can decipher your words.
Given Yahoo’s ongoing security issues, you might want to think twice about signing up if you’re not already a member.
With the update, Signal will end-to-end encrypt text messaging, too.The free-to-use app is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Nimbuzz is best described as “Whats App meets ICQ.” The app has all the instant messaging features you would expect to see, but there are a couple that really stand out. It has perhaps the broadest selection of apps out of all the services on this list. Short for “Nimbuzz World,” the service lets you collect or purchase an array of virtual items like gifts, avatars, virtual chat buddies, and games. This separates it from some of the other apps on the list.Windows, Mac, Android, i OS, and Kindles are supported, as are less-common mobile manufacturers like Blackberry and Nokia. Video calling is only available on the desktop clients and the i Phone app.The app reached its zenith in 2001 when it boasted more than 100 million users. ICQ is available on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, i OS, and via a web portal.Pidgin takes a leaf out of e Buddy’s book – it aggregates chat services from multiple third-party clients into a single easy-to-use interface.To recap, Yahoo, ICQ, and Nimbuzz all run their own closed chat services, whereas Pidgin and e Buddy both aggregate other common chat clients into a single interface. As always, you can leave all your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions in the comments below. At various times, he has been the Social Editor, Creative Editor, and Finance Editor.