VoIP and chat provider Skype has become synonymous with Internet calls over the years. Being one of the most popular method for online communications Skype is very attractive to hackers. It is a well-known fact that hackers have already learned how to access Skype correspondence and decode protocols of voice and video conversations. Moreover, Skype as a traditional solution for online chats&calls works through company’s central server. Its central server is Microsoft in this case. It means that all your files, messages, voice and video conversations go from your device to Microsoft server and then to your companion. So, third parties can get access to your chats.
All those events made us think of searching an alternative and safe channels of communication with friends and business partners, anonymous web surfing and file sharing solutions. If you are looking for secure alternative to Skype for VoIP, video chat or video conferencing, too, let’s check out top 5 secure alternatives to Skype.
Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc) to people who are in your phone contacts and have Telegram. You can also create groups for up to 200 people or send broadcasts to up to 100 contacts.
You can use Telegram on smartphones, tablets and even computers. We have apps for iOS (6 and above), Android(2.2 and up) and Windows Phone. You can also use Telegram’s web version or install one of our desktop apps for Windows, OSX and Linux.
Telegram uses the MTProto protocol, which is open, secure and optimized for work with multiple data-centers. Telegram’s special secret chats use end-to-end encryption, leave no trace on our servers, support self-destructing messages and don’t allow forwarding. About the only thing secret chats don’t have is cloud storage — they can only be accessed on their devices of origin.
Privatoria is a complex security service for secure communication, anonymous surfing and file sharing. Its Secure Chat Solutin based on the new WebRTC technology. It means that unlike traditional chat solutions there is no data transfer to the central server. Direct connection between user’s browsers are established (peer-to-peer method).
With Privatoria you can communicate with anyone online using Google Chrome, Opera or Mozilla browsers. There is no need to download or install any software. You just go to web versionhttps://my.privatoria.net/chat/, create anonymous chat session and send to your companion secret code (session ID). You can send messages, files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), make voice and video calls, share screen, etc. It makes Privatoria very similar to Skype as all traditional options are presented. As soon as conversation ends the ID and all of the chat history is deleted.
Moreover, Privatoria is very interesting service for those who are takes care of their online privacy. It includes Anonymous E-mail service, Tor integrated VPN and Proxy solutions, Secure Data storage for file sharing.
Crypto-Chat is a messaging app with encryption and decryption messages. To use Crypto-Chat you should download an app. It is available version only for iPhones. Your companion also should install the app on his device.
Type a message and then press encrypt and send it to a friend. They’ll be able to view it only if you have shared with them your password for decrypting the message and then the decrypted message disappears from the app once the app is deleted from running in the background.
Your messages are also transfered to the central server, but developers say that even if the message is maliciously intercepted by someone or stored on a server somewhere and accessed by someone other than you or your intended recipient(s), only the password used to encrypt the message can decode your Crypto-Chat.
You can use this for sending credit card details, for example, but not for a long communication. There is also no call option or file transfer.
Tox is a peer to peer, distributed, multimedia messenger. Using existing technologies such as dispersed networking and strong cryptography, Tox can provide a superior instant messaging experience than current market offerings. Files can be shared as fast as you and your partner’s Internet connection allows, audio calls are instantaneous, and there are no arbitrary limits to how many people you can have in a group conversation.
To communicate with TOX you and your companion should download and install the app. Works on desktop and mobile devices.
Cryptocat app for having encrypted chat with your friends, right in your browser and mobile phone. Everything is encrypted before it leaves your computer. Even the Cryptocat network itself can’t read your messages.
Cryptocat is open source and free software. Available for Safari, Google Chrome, Opera, FireFox, OS X, iPhone.
You can communicate through text messaging, send different files.