There are a lot of instant messaging apps to choose from nowadays. From WhatsApp, Viber and iMessage, we’ve got a lot of brilliantly designed apps that offer a simple and convenient instant messaging experience. But one thing that they all lack is privacy and security. Most of these services store messaging logs on their servers, and while that may not be an issue for some, it is still a bother for those seeking a bit more privacy. That’s where TextSecure Private Messaging comes in, it’s a secure new way of messaging your friends.
What differentiates TextSecure is mainly the way the service handles messages. Think of it as a peer-to-peer messaging app, where messages are encrypted on one end, and only after they reach their intended recipients are they decrypted. None of the messages are stored on TextSecure’s servers, not even your names or avatars. Most messaging apps these days give you a private mode, but that just prevents other users from viewing your chats.
In TextSecure, all your chats are completely incognito and private. The TextSecure messaging app is designed to replace your default SMS app as well. You can communicate via text messages as well, but they’re color-coded so you know which messages are SMS’s and which ones have been sent over data. There’s group chat as well, and even that is completely private. The server won’t even save the group lists.
TextSecure Private Messaging is a great initiative to take back privacy. It shows that there are still developers out there who’re serious about delivering a secure product, rather than just build the next big viral app. TextSecure is open-source as well, and the developers encourage other devs to audit the app and find out if any security loop holes exist. This is a great way to bolster the already high level of security the app provides. The whole source code is available on Github, so even you can tinker with it if you like. There is a long road for TextSecure ahead and it will take time before a large number of people adopt it, but as far as secure messaging solutions go, it’s pretty compelling.