Why You Need To Download an Encrypted Messaging App… Immediately

The way we communicate with each other has fundamentally changed in recent years. For one thing, our primary forms of communication have largely switched to digital. Emails, iMessages, and Facebook chats have replaced the snail mail, fax machines, pagers and even phone calls of yesteryear. According to the Pew Research Centre, in the US, “half (49%) of smartphone owners ages 18 to 29 use messaging apps.”

At the same time, we also need to be aware of the vulnerabilities inherent in these online communications.

Even as online chat apps continue to explode in popularity we are still seeing too few people protecting their information through end-to-end encryption.

Sly Chat, a free app (which you can download here) that you use just like any other messaging application, allows you to communicate securely and keeps you safe from a whole host of online threats. Threats such as:

1- Government Surveillance: The expansion of legal government surveillance in recent years has been widely reported on. NSA spying in the United States, Bill C-51 in Canada and the Snooper’s Charter in the UK are just a few examples. These measures have been done largely in the public eye. However, revelations of expanding surveillance powers done in less savoury ways are constantly emerging, including most recently, news of digital communication surveillance programs by police in Ontario.

2- Internet Companies: Internet companies, unfortunately, have a poor track record when it comes to protecting their user’s privacy. Google recently came under fire by the FTC and consumer advocacy groups for violations of user privacy.

Facebook has frequently been the subject of criticism for its poor privacy record. This is especially concerning considering the fact that the top four most-used messaging apps are all owned by Facebook (Facebook Chat, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram).

Collaboration between police and internet companies like Rogers and TekSavvy, as well as Apple in the US, is yet another risk.

3- Hacking: Just this week, hackers stole chat logs from the Jabbim app, containing over six months worth of messages between users. Had Jabbim users opted for a chat app with end-to-end encryption these hacks would not have happened. Even the supposedly “secure” app Telegram, has been compromised, first by the Iranian government and now, some reports suggest, by the Russian government.

The good news is that encrypted messaging apps offer an easy way to protect yourself from all of these threats. Download Sly Chat today for free and reclaim your privacy.

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