Due to the current WhatsApp Privacy Rules, most people have either switched to Telegram or Signal for communications purposes and consumer information protection controversy. Telegram and Signal offer more protection than WhatsApp and both applications gather fewer user data than the Facebook app.
One alternative much debated lately is Telegram. Created by Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov as a more humane alternative to WhatsApp, Telegram now has a broad base of users around the world and is very much loved for its many intuitive and helpful messaging features that cannot be found in its contestants.
However, Telegram’s chats don’t support End-to-End (E2E), despite its creative, feature-rich nature, by default, which means simple chats are not as safe as other channels like WhatsApp and Signal.
For starter purposes, encryption end-to-end (e2e) isn’t a Telegram default feature. Cloud conversations are not end-to-end encrypted, since Telegram calls the default chats. So if you don’t toggle on E2E, Telegram has metadata (to whom you wrote, how many times, where and how much, etc.) and chats contents. Telegram said it doesn’t use that metadata for advertisement purposes, but you never know.
You just need to enable the Telegram end-to-end encryption. The Secret chats are end-to-end encrypted.
- Open a profile of the person with whom you want to begin the conversation for a private chat.
- Just under the person’s image, click on the icon with the three dots.
- Select “Start Secret Chat”.
This opens a dialog in which the end-to-end encryption is enforced, and at the beginning, you will see a warning in the chat window.
You may also define the duration after messages are removed by tapping or pressing the clock icon in the message entry box in the hidden conversation.
The automatic removal of messages does not prevent your chat partner from taking screenshots, but you will be informed of them in the chat if they do.
However, if the other person uses the macOS app, you will not be informed of the screenshot. There are two exceptions.
Telegram supports numerous private chats, and party chats cannot be clandestine, too.
How can I say if a conversation is encrypted end-to-end?
- The padlock icon must be tested.
- Since telegram chats may be either cloud (normal) or secret, knowing the form you are using is crucial.
- Encrypted chats appear almost the same as normal ones on Telegram End-to-End. Check the padlock icon next to the name or phone number of your chat buddy to validate what kind of user you are in. The talk is confidential if it’s there.
Something important to remember
When you log out or delete the Telegram function, private conversations will vanish.
In Telegram’s iOS, Android, and macOS applications, secret chats are available. The online edition and the Windows application do not allow secret chats because the chats cannot be encrypted on the computer.
Telegram’s standard conversations are not encrypted end-to-end. If not, encryption end-to-end would be disabled and a new chat can then be established.
If end-to-end encryption is allowed, the Encryption Keywords appear on the bottom of the open browser. You can either press or type in the ice of your chat buddy.