Highlights in short
- WhatsApp is making news after being bought by Facebook for $19 billion.
- Telegram was launched on August 14, 2013 and had only 100,000 daily active users.
- Exactly one day after Facebook bought WhatsApp, Telegram is growing extremely fast.
- 5 million users signed up for Telegram today. Telegram is one of the most downloaded iPhone app in 48 countries.
But why is Telegram becoming so popular?The Telegram software differentiates itself from WhatsApp by stating on their website, "Unlike WhatsApp, Telegram is cloud-based and heavily encrypted. As a result, you can access your messages from several devices including desktops and share an unlimited number of photos, videos and documents. Thanks to our multi-data center infrastructure and encryption, Telegram is also faster and way more secure.
On top of that, Telegram is free and will stay free, no ads, no subscription fees, forever."
Telegram has been set up as a non-commercial organisation and the funding comes from Nikolai Durov's donation. He is one of the founders of the Russian social media site VK.
Why switching to Telegram? Telegram really secure?A lot of people who've switched to Telegram from WhatsApp think that WhatsApp isn't secure anymore. Most of them have a Facebook account, but having one company access to all of them data seems to scare a lot of people.
Telegram offers $200.000 for the hacker who’s able to crack their encryption. And here a quote from the man behind Telegram. "To make Telegram possible, Nikolai developed a unique custom data protocol, which is open, secure and optimized for work with multiple data-centers. As a result, Telegram is the fastest and most secure mass market messaging system in the world."
That sounds nice, but Telegram uses the SHA1-hash of its encryption protocol, and that's not really the safest option, on the contrary. The TLS protocol of Telegram, which ensures that the connection itself is protected, it is relatively easy to manipulate by others.
In short: So, no. Telegram is by no means secure. For commonly accepted definitions of secure, not the one Telegram made up.
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