Are Encrypted Messenger Apps Any Safe?
Apr 6, 2023

Almost everyone uses apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook, and many more in this technological era. We use such apps to communicate with friends, family, and colleagues. We share all sorts of data on these social apps and assume our data is safe and private. These apps often claim to provide end-to-end encryption. This makes us think that only the sender and the recipient can access the data shared online. Even the app’s developers can’t access them. However, a few recent events have led to the speculations that these claims might not be entirely accurate.

Are Messenger Apps Not Secure? 

The most used messenger app, WhatsApp, is owned by Facebook. In 2016, the company introduced end-to-end encryption to its platform. This new feature claimed it would provide users with the highest security and privacy. However, in 2019, it was revealed that every message sent on this app gets copied because of the servers. This way, hackers can easily install spyware on your phone, giving them access to all the data on the device, including private messages and media files.


Facebook Messenger also claims to offer end-to-end encryption. But it’s not true as well. The “Secret Conversations” feature is not enabled by default.  Additionally, many people have accused Facebook of mishandling their data. The Cambridge Analytica scandal is one such example where the data of millions of Facebook users was harvested without their consent. 


And lastly, NSA hacked Tucker Carlson’s phone and spied on his Signal conversations in 2022. 

Signal encrypts your messages but still takes a copy. What they encrypt, they can unencrypt. Why trust a tech company with your messages? Why not deliver them yourself, off the web, without using any servers with Zyng?


What apps should be trusted? 

Since everyone claims to be private and encrypted, what messaging apps truly offer privacy? 

One thing to look for in “private” apps is whether they use a server. If yes, you must understand that all your conversations are on a server, locally or in Switzerland. Anyone can come to the company and ask for the keys to decrypt your messages. Even when you see that chat is end-to-end encrypted and it will be deleted in “XYZ” minutes, it still saves all your data on a server first before it deletes it for you and your recipient. 


One app that doesn’t use a central server and NEVER gets or stores your message is Zyng. 

Zyng is planning to launch its beta in May 2023 and is currently accepting early beta signups on its website.  Shazzle owns Zyng, and ShazzleChat was the earlier adopter of a serverless privacy app that the company launched a few years back. The ShazzleChat app started gaining popularity among users who valued their privacy and wanted to avoid trading their security for convenience. 


Zyng is a better, improved version of ShazzleChat, where all the previous mistakes were learned, and the new app is returning to the market with bulletproof peer-to-peer encryption and an edgy, excellent UI design. At Zyng, users never need to worry about privacy. Their communications are all private by default. This means that only you and the person you’re communicating with can read your messages – not even the app’s developers can access your conversations. 


In short, famous apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook, and Signal claim that the data you share on these apps are private and secure. But recent events have proved that their claims of end-to-end encryption might not be entirely accurate. Hence, users who prioritize their privacy should consider using apps like Zyng, which allows you to deliver messages directly, with nothing in between.