UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – The epic battle of Roskomnadzor and the company of Durov for Telegram continues. In case the department still wins and all convenient access routes are blocked, let’s look at alternatives to the Telegram messenger.
TamTam is an application created by Mail.Ru Group about a year ago. The interface of the messenger is very much like Telegram. TamTam works on the basis of the messenger “OK Messages”. The creators integrated a database of 290 million users registered in Odnoklassniki.
When it became known about the possibility of blocking Telegram, representatives of TamTam started talking about the explosive growth of the number of channels in their messenger. They say that it increased 10-fold. “Video calls and file transfer are the most popular of the services, the authors of the channels themselves are active: only over the last two days they were created by more than 40 thousand,” the representatives of the application explained.
Pros: channels, calls, file transfer are available. And still there is a video link function.
Cons: a weak interest in the channels, unclear information about the encryption of messages. In the network or in the application description, it is not possible to find information about how messages and calls are encrypted and whether they are encrypted at all.
At the time of purchase of Facebook shares of WhatsApp shares, the monthly audience of the messenger was 450 million users. In July 2017, the number of users exceeded 1.3 billion. According to Mediascope, the daily Russian audience is about 24 million people. Now the owner of the main share of Facebook is its creator – Mark Zuckerberg. He owns 19.6% of the company.
Pros: chats, groups (up to 256 participants) and calls. It supports the transfer of files of different formats – from images to office documents (up to 100 MB). Cross-platform. End-to-end encryption by default.
Cons: no channels, no stickers. Has the function of backing up the history of correspondence, which is stored on the servers unencrypted.
Developed by the American Open Whisper Systems, which is managed by a former Twitter security official, crypto anarchist Moxie Marlinspike. The company claims that it exists on donations and grants from the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Shuttleworth Foundation and the Open Technology Fund.
A free open source application provides privacy for telephone conversations and correspondence. Also, the application was recommended by ex-CIA and NSA officer Edward Snowden. The messenger uses end-to-end encryption to send group and personal messages, photos and videos, and make audio and video calls. Service is free for all users.
Pros:group chats, self-destructing messages. Emphasis on anonymity: all information is encrypted, and even the creators of the application can not access it. All messages and calls are stored locally on the device and are locally encrypted using a passphrase (if enabled) before being sent to the server. That the community could be convinced of absence of “bookmarks” for listening, the code of the messenger and the server is laid out on GitHub where any interested person can study it.
Cons: no channels, Threema stickers
The Swiss instant messenger Threema produces end-to-end encryption of any type of transmitted data – text, files and even statuses. For this, a cryptographic library with open source is used. The keys are stored on the users’ devices, not on the server, which allows for security.
The basic idea of Threema is the generation of data without the involvement of the server part. Most of the actions are performed on user devices. Even local files on the smartphone are encrypted, which is designed to block the collection of personal information without the consent of the owner.
Pros: group chats, authentication of contacts, plugins.
Cons: there are no public channels, stickers.
According to the company, in 2017, the Russian audience of registered users reached a record 82 million people. Daily messenger is opened by about 19 million users.
The application is cross-platform. In 2015, according to the Law on Personal Data, which requires that all personal data of Russians be kept on the territory of the Russian Federation, the company decided to transfer the data of Russian citizens, namely telephone numbers and nicknames, to the territory of the Russian Federation, respectively, law enforcement agencies could access this data.
Pros: secret chat rooms, stickers, channels.
Cons: for the maintenance of the channel will have to pay, the message backup is stored on the server of the company.