Encrypted Messengers

Anonymize, encrypt, and secure your online communications today by using a privacy-respecting instant messenger service.

Session

Decentralized

No PII Required

Session keeps your communication private, secure, and anonymous. When using Session, your messages are sent to their destinations through a decentralized "onion routing" network similar to Tor, using a system called onion requests.

Notes:
Session is still relatively new and does not support voice/video calling yet. This is because they currently use a system called Onion Requests, and Onion Requests only support TCP Protocol. Obviously, TCP is not ideal for voice or video calling.

Once Session has implemented Lokinet (which supports UDP), voice/video calling will be implemented. Currently, they are in the process of doing so.

Element

Decentralized

No PII Required

Today, Element is a modern privacy-friendly alternative to Discord, IRC, and Microsoft Teams. Like Session, Element utilizes end-to-end encryption by default, and is very secure, but Session is a more private and secure alternative.

Notes:
Element is decentralized, open source, and is powered by the Matrix Protocol. The only downside to this is, it has not received a code audit or security analysis.

Status

Decentralized

No PII Required

No phone number or email address is required to sign up for Status. It uses the peer-to-peer (p2p) messaging protocol called Waku that removes centralized third parties from any messages.

Notes:
To be honest, Status is pretty average when it comes to user privacy. It's definitely not a bad option and is great for improving your privacy, but there are better options when it comes to anonymity.

Status also offers an integrated cryptocurrency wallet, and allows you to send/request cryptocurrency (e.g. Ethereum) in a chat.

Signal

Centralized

Phone Number Required

Signal is an end-to-end encrypted messenger, similar to WhatsApp. Its protocol has been independently audited, but Signal requires a phone number to sign up - meaning anyone you message on Signal will see your phone number.

Notes:
Signal is based in America. 

Unfortunately, you cannot anonymously register an account on Signal, because, as mentioned, a phone number is required to create an account, and is used as a personal identifier.

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Anonymize, a Swivro division, is an organization dedicated to helping you restore and retain your online privacy, eliminating prying eyes