The Best Apps for Private Texting and Calling

The more we use mobile devices to communicate, the more information we store on our phones and tablets that we wouldn’t necessarily want others to see. Fortunately, whether you’re looking to keep sensitive photos or attachments safe from prying eyes or looking to lock down your messages and contacts, there’s an amount of apps ready to help.

Signal

Signal’s been in the spotlight lately due to the increased interest in secure messaging. However, it also offers features that can help you keep people out of your phone’s stored messages as well. The best options are setting a password and using Disappearing Messages. The password locks Signal until you enter it keeping nosy people out of your messages. Disappearing messages allows you to automatically delete messages sent to another device after a specified time.

CoverMe

Similar to Singal, CoverMe allows users to remotely delete sent messages within a certain time with “self-destructing messages” and allows for full end-to-end encryption so you don’t have to worry about anyone intercepting your messages or calls. What’s more, adds another important feature if you’re not looking to simply protect communications–a secure file vault. Any file you put in your vault is locked behind a password and encrypted to keep prying eyes out. You can also set a decoy password that displays an empty vault upon entry. Other features include a basic password manager and self-destructing messages.

Privatext

It offers an easy-to-use take on secret messages. Once you set a password, no one can view your messages without it. By default, all messages self-destruct in 20 minutes. However, there’s a handy clear button if you need to delete messages in a hurry. There’s also a dedicated camera and photo storage that allows you to take and save photos without them showing up in your device’s camera roll. While it might not offer the fancy features of some of the other apps, it’s discrete interface and simple controls make it a promising option.
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