Telegram Vs. Whatsapp
Telegram and Whatsapp are two of the most popular messaging apps on the market. They both offer many features that users love, but there are some significant differences between them. As a result, there has been much discussion about the better app to use, WhatsApp or Telegram. This article will examine the features of both messaging services and help you make an informed decision.
Telegram’s cloud-based architecture is a severe risk compared to the end-to-end default encryption deployed by Signal and WhatsApp, which also uses Signal’s protocol. So while it provides an easy way for people from all over the world to communicate with each other in real-time without any limit on message size, this comes at a significant cost: privacy. To provide such services, Telegram has partnered with Chinese Internet giant Tencent.
They are known as China’s largest social network and one of its top intelligence agencies that regularly cooperates closely with government authorities – including those of Russia. In addition, they have been accused of handing customer data over since 2015 due to their encrypted messaging service being banned there.
The privacy concerns associated with using a messaging app such as Telegram should not go unnoticed: The safety net falls short in terms of encryption methods because the information shared over the service isn’t completely protected; specifically, it comes to group communications some cause for alarm.
The first and most obvious concern is that group messages are only encrypted between your device and Telegram’s cloud, meaning any message you send on this platform can be intercepted by third-party hackers. Your chat history also resides solely with them – which means if you have ever transferred WhatsApp chats to Telegram or used it for backup storage of Apple iCloud or Google Drive data, then they will now have access to all of these conversations.
Law enforcement agencies are struggling to keep up with the recent proliferation of end-to-end encryption. As a result, they have been campaigning for compromises in such security, enabling them to monitor user content and intercept it when necessary.
This has become a heated debate. But, unfortunately, this could weaken everyone’s security everywhere due to inevitable vulnerabilities created by these backdoors or compromising measures installed into encryption technology that would be used universally rather than just in specific instances where surveillance is warranted.
The best solution may lie not in deploying compromised solutions but instead in implementing metadata monitoring like Facebook currently does, or restricting access through age limitations or specific devices only being able to use an encrypted connection if they’re linked to social media accounts (as there will always be loopholes).
Telegram is always trying to claim it’s better than other apps, but they’re all false. In the world of messaging, nothing beats end-to-end encryption – and Telegram falls short on this count. They can point to their secret chats, encrypted with a key only accessible by those involved in the chat message itself; however, these messages don’t work between two devices (they require an individual device for each). This goes against everything we know about security: multiple copies provide extra protection!
Report about Telegram
A security report published this week has revealed new issues with Telegram. The researcher behind it found that even here, “a vulnerability in the messaging app meant that self-destructed messages sent and received on MacOS were never actually deleted.” He also discovered a significant flaw: audio and video attachments sent secretly could be found on the same storage path as those forwarded by Telegram’s default texts which are not end-to-end encrypted.
This is a severe issue but doesn’t indicate a security-first approach. Any potential Telegram endpoint compromise has profound implications given access to the cloud storage—the architecture supports instant multi-device access and always synced messaging, which even allows for draft messages to be started on one device and completed on another. But all that comes at a heavy price, security-wise!
Putting this new report aside, you don’t need to rush to switch from WhatsApp over the year’s privacy backlash. Nothing material has changed; you can run both Signal and Whatsapp at once if they’re your only two options for messaging apps, just like many others have already done. You’ll find yourself using Signal more often than WhatsApp, mainly because it is a better choice when concerned with security or privacy issues which are very important these days.