A few years ago we made with that our messaging application send correctly the message to the recipient, but with the amount of options available there outside, every time we ask more of messaging applications. They should send messages, make calls, have emojis or stickers… If possible, encrypted communication.

Developers will have been putting batteries in this regard, with cases sonados as the encryption of WhatsApp that was activated finally definitively in April this year. Others have already announced their intention to include encryption in future remediation, as Facebook Messenger. It is difficult today to keep track of who has encrypted conversations and who not, so here you have a list above the State of the encryption in the major messaging applications for Android.

Facebook Messenger

Messenger announced that it would include conversations encrypted Messenger in June this year, with the estimated date of “in a few months”. Since then we have not heard much more about the topic, but we know that the function already is in evidence in a limited number of users, encryption is optional, that is active only in the secret chat and that you will use the Signal Protocol.

  • Is it encrypted? Today, not

Messengervaria according to the device

  • Developer: Facebook
  • Download it in: Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Communication

WhatsApp

After many years during which the safety of WhatsApp messages was little more than a joke, this year things got really serious, and finally it activated encryption end-to-end for all conversations. WhatsApp encryption takes again the Signal quality seal / Open Whisper, and includes a text at the beginning of each conversation to reaffirm to you that your conversations are safe.

  • Is it encrypted? Sí

WhatsApp Messenger

  • Version of Android: Since 2.1
  • Developer: WhatsApp Inc..
  • Download it in: Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Communication

Telegram

The arch-enemy of WhatsApp us sold with the promise of extra security at a time when insecurity of WhatsApp was news. Although Telegram offers an end-to-end encryption active only in the secret chat, the rest of talks are also encrypted, but in a way more light. The Electronic Frontier Foundation assigned a score of 4 out of 7, highlighting that the supplier (Telegram) can in fact read your messages.

  • Is it encrypted? Only if you use secret Chat have a reliable encryption

Telegramvaria according to the device

  • Developer: Telegram Messenger LLP
  • Download it in: Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Communication

Skype

If you are worried about the safety of your conversations, you should flee from Skype, at least for now. This application gets one of the worst of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, receiving an embarrassing 1 on 7. Skype is currently looking for its own identity, from being a peer-to-peer service to cloud-based, so it remains to be seen how it evolves, and if you include some type of encryption in the future.

  • Is it encrypted? No

Skypevaria according to the device

  • Developer: Skype
  • Download it in: Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Communication

LINE

Not only stickers lives the messaging application, and this is why that LINE had for some time with the function of Chat secrets, which were encrypted. Earlier this month, the secret chat disappeared, to extend the encryption to all conversations of LINE. Encryption It requires that both people have activated Letter Sealing in the options.

  • Is it encrypted? Yes, if both people have activated Letter Sealing

Mensajea Gratisvaria depending on the device and called LINE:

  • Developer: LINE Corporation
  • Download it in: Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Communication

Hangouts

We already know that Allo, the successor – or not – of Hangouts will have encryption optional end-to-end, but while it arrives Hangouts does not protect the security of your messages too. Messages are encrypted by the way, but the Google can read them and pass them on to the authorities where they were required. The Electronic Frontier Foundation assigned a score of 2 out of 7.

  • Is it encrypted? No

Hangoutsvaria according to the device

  • Developer: Google Inc.
  • Download it in: Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Communication