It’s no news that WhatsApp has decided for all users to share their data with it’s Parent Company Facebook. Before we go into the details let’s see what’s WhatsApp. WhatsApp Messenger or WhatsApp is a Centralized Software created by Brian Acton of WhatsApp inc and was purchased by Facebook for $19 Billion in 2014.
WhatsApp has an average of 1.6 Billion users per month as of October 2020. It’s the World’s most popular Messenger platform used by families and businesses alike. WhatsApp has the following Features:
- Texts/ Messaging
- Group Chats
- Voice Note Support
- End-to-End Encryption
- Moments (Status) sharing
- Document Sharing
- Audio and Video Calls Functionality
From the Word go WhatsApp has always been pro-Security and Privacy. WhatsApp has been a phenomenon in linking families together, we can see clearly in the case of the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Now it’s super-easy to communicate with Love ones in the village thousands of miles away all thanks to WhatsApp.
Everything was going on well, until WhatsApp decided to mandate users to accept a policy that would enable them share their data with Facebook.
That was the moment when all Hell breaks loose. It led to the resurgence of the debate on Internet freedoms and Privacy and also the role Big Tech companies have in our everyday lives. Below are some interesting alternatives to WhatsApp.
Alternatives to WhatsApp:
a) Centralized Messaging Apps:
Apps under this category need a Centralized Server in order for them to work.
It was co-founded by the same Brian Acton from WhatsApp. Signal uses cellular telephone numbers as Identifiers and secures all communication to other Signal users using End-to-End Encryption. It also has the option to perform as an SMS app.
It’s a cloud-based cross-platform app that provides End-to-End Encryption for users. Telegram has the following Features:
- Cloud-based Messages
- Secret Chats
- Stickers, Instant Views and many others
It’s a Centralized messaging platform developed by Cameroonian Alain Ekambi. It supports chat, Privacy, and linking of people together. You can download it from the Google Play Store.
b) DeCentralized Messaging Apps:
With Centralized messaging Apps the major tech companies have absolute control over the apps. They can decide to ban a user or restrict access to certain functionalities like for example what’s WhatsApp is planning to do. With Decentralized Apps, rather you chat on a Peer-to-peer basis. Below are some great examples of decentralized apps:
It’s a blockchain-based decentralized messenger app developed by Radical App.
It focuses more on Decentralized messaging and “Social Fintech”. Sylo is a decentralized messaging app with an integrated crypto wallet, among many other things.
One interesting aspect in Sylo is the aspect of Sylo tokens, which is being provided by companies already on the Sylo network. These Sylo tokens enable users to have access on the Sylo network.