Smartphones have become an essential part of our lives and we depend on them for much more than making calls. Our photos, videos and contacts are all stored on our smartphones yet most of us never think that we need to protect these important files.
The iCloud scandal in 2014 showed how easily celebrity photos could be hacked and leaked. Over 26 celebrities had their accounts hacked and their private nude photos were leaked all over the Internet.
Even though the average user may not be as interesting to the world as top celebrities, our private files are just as important to us and we should do all we can to make sure they never get into the wrong hands by using an encrypted calling app.
Here are the top 4 free encrypted calling apps:
CoverMe provides military-grade end-to-end encryption for your texts, photos, videos, voice messages and other data. It supports self-destructing messages, message recall and prevents message forwarding. Multiple layers of advanced encryption algorithms make CoverMe resistant to brute force attacks. The decoy function will display fake screens and information if someone tries to access your phone. If the person tries to guess your password, CoverMe will take a picture of them and alert you. Forgotten passwords can be retrieved with multiple levels of security making CoverMe a top-choice encrypted calling app.
Telegram’s secret chats use end-to-end encryption, support self-destructing messages and don’t allow forwarding. Secret chats are not part of Telegram’s cloud and can only be accessed on the device of origin. However, the Telegram app cannot protect you if someone physically has your phone.
- Wickr Me
Provides end-to-end encryption of text, video, pictures and voice messages. The “Shredder” function irreversibly removes all deleted data from your device. Recent user feedbacks report that forgotten passwords cannot be retrieved.
All messages are encrypted and 100% private. A public and private key pair is generated so that only you and the recipient can read your messages. You can only send texts and photos with this app.