There has been a lot of hype about data privacy, and that the popular networking apps are using the data in their benefits. This is quite a disadvantage, considering that there is no privacy at all. It means that all our data is being sent to some government which we have no idea about. Not only is this dangerous, but also misleading in many ways. It means we are being monitored at all times, without even doing anything. Ever since this data privacy has come into the concept, people have been looking for safe and secure options to deal with. People have been trying to develop an application that would be secure from spying.
Before moving into the application review, some need to be explained what the application is all about. Telegram is an application which functions as a messenger. It is a text, image, and video sharing interface, that secures all the paths of communication with the exception of group messages. Incredibly smart, this operates through encrypted clouds to protect the idea. One can set up the accounts with their own phone number, just like other messaging applications. There’s a whole new option to share files, data, stickers, and more. There’s even an option of self-destruction if the users provide the command like that. Feels like a sci-fi movie already? If any of your messages are sitting idle for 6 months or so, they automatically move into destruction mode.
Considering other brands and the kings in the mobile industry, this one performs excellently. This one is good for its user interface, the features and the security it provides. It is a clean app with integrated services of Dropbox and iCloud. Although the encryption services might be slightly endangered, this one could be of good use. Of course, it is completely free, and it syncs the data completely between two devices. There might be a risk for the children who are using this application. They may suddenly download X rated stickers and start using these data. They may even sneak into the application and send around objectionable content. Other than that, the app is almost harmless.
The app has been launched way back in 2013, and the app has gained political popularity in the year 2018. Iran and Russia have banned out Telegram from their lands, because of the secrecy. The entire foundation of the app was that the third party cannot access the data at all.
Nikolai and Pavel Durov created a clone of Facebook. They clashed with the government to legalize their application, but when it failed, they fled Russia and came to the USA. They started working for Telegram. With the entire struggle for freedom of speech and them fleeing their country, they have a better story to propagate for their application. This became a very safe tool of communication for all activists, journalists and more – since this was safe and secure.
This application is not the common messenger applications that we use. The smartphone that you use becomes the address of the application that you are using. There are options to share documents, that move into self-destruct if you command so. There is even an unsent message option which can be used until 48 hours of sending the message. This one has a website option for running, it is also compatible for windows, or MAC. It is even compatible with phones.
This is a question that leaves us in splits. This app automatically doesn’t encrypt the data between you and the other user, but you will have to physically turn it on. There is a mode called the secret chat. If you aren’t switching on this mode, your data will be stored in the Telegram servers which are found all over this world. So if you are turning on your secret chat mode, it may be that your data will be erased from all servers. A lot of experts are wondering why the developers have used a rare feature MTProto to encrypt the data when there are other reliable services for the same.