Secure messaging app Telegram has announced the launch of a video calling feature for its iOS app that the company says is end-to-end encrypted, just like phone calls and text-based messages conducted over the chat platform. Calls can be started from a contact's profile page.
All video calls are protected with end-to-end encryption. To confirm your connection, compare the four emoji shown on-screen for you and your chat partner – if they match, your call is 100% secured by time-tested encryption also used in Telegram's Secret Chats and Voice Calls.
The feature is an alpha version, so there's more work to do on it before it's fully robust, but it already includes support for switching from audio to video and vice versa at any time, as well as picture-in-picture mode, which means users can read and respond to other messages while they're chatting to the person on the other end of the call.
Telegram originally announced in April that it planned to introduce group video calls later this year. In its latest post, the company said group video calls will arrive in the coming months, offering users an alternative to Zoom, Microsoft Teams, FaceTime, WhatsApp, and other rival video-conferencing enabled platforms.
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Signal's encryption uses open standards that have been reviewed and approved by experts in the field.
Here's a review of the app from a privacy focused website:
Alot of people use it though, and social pressure is powerful even causing people to act against one's own best interests. Look at all the people using Facebooks products.
Lucky you, Signal does have a desktop app: https://signal.org/en/download/
I would guess that 99.99% of the population is better off because of the app store protectionism on both Google and Apple app stores.
Regular chats == not E2E, but good enough. All of Telegram's cloud is fully encrypted and each datacenter holds the keys to decrypt the data in a different datacenter in another country. You can't raid Telegram's servers and get anything useful. These chats also offer a lot of features that other platforms like Signal do not.
Secret chats == Fully E2E, just like Signal
Telegram gives you both security and convenience depending on what you need.
You can delete the messages off the other person's device too, which isn't possible in Signal unless you set messages to expire beforehand.
Signal is slow and terrible. I've never had a video or audio call work correctly. Telegram's work great.
Everything you need to know is in their FAQ https://telegram.org/faq#security