Telegram is a bit hippie and has earned a growing reputation as a safer alternative to WhatsApp or Messenger, as some might think – something on par with the Signal app, although perhaps better known. However, Telegram’s reputation for offering any additional level of cybersecurity is grossly overstated – a fact highlighted this week by Signal’s own founder, Moxie Marlinspike.
He went on to say that even Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp offer more privacy than Telegram in this regard. Both of these company-run apps, now renamed Meta, offer at least end-to-end encryption for all text messages sent through their platform.
This is a reality considered unacceptable even by Facebook standards, which are known to disregard personal privacy online. Even Messenger offers the minimum standard end-to-end encryption protocol for data stored on its servers. However, anyone with access to Telegram’s services has direct access to the entire database of users’ unprotected data.
The thing is, if a hacker or even someone who has put you under suspicion is interested in spying on your personal messages on Telegram, they can do so easily. Nor is Moxie Marlinspike the first to bring Telegram’s false reputation and related working methods to light by any means.