The application also allows the self-destruction of the messages. You can also send different types of files to the cloud, with a total capacity of up to 1GB. It is available for free download on iOS and Android platforms
After this week Facebook acquired messaging service WhatsApp, many users concerned about the privacy of your information, are seeking alternatives to continue communicating applications.
Given this, Telegram could become one of its largest competitors, if concerns about security and privacy prevail when choosing. This innovative program just turned six months and already counts more than 5 million downloads worldwide.
While there is an app to send more text messages, "more powerful" than the rest, say Pavel and Nikolai Durov, its creators and owners of the firm VKontakte. Additionally, you can send photos and videos to people who are between phone contacts. And you can create groups of up to 200 members.
Unlike its main competitor, is based on "the cloud", with a total capacity of up to 1GB, and messages are strongly encrypted. It can be accessed from different devices (including computers) and store and share unlimited photos, videos and files (doc, zip, png, etc..).
Its creators stressed: "With our infrastructure multiple data centers and encryption is also faster and more secure also is free and remain so - no ads, no subscription fees, forever.".
It is superior in this respect to WhatsApp or Line. It comes with built-in "secret chats" that encrypts text messages from mobile to mobile, allowing no trace on the servers., Ie that only the sender and the receives can read those texts. Even the company can not decipher or intercept.
They also have a new feature that allows the self-destruction of the message and do not support forwarding them. The user can set a time limit and the message will disappear from both devices, both the cell of origin and destination.
The developers stressed this advantage but clarified that "all we have is the storage in the cloud and can be accessed only through the device of origin."
The company is so sure that you can not figure out what to have a contest offering $ 200,000 as a reward to anyone who can prove he can violate the security of the application.
How to send a secret chat?
"Start a new post (tap the icon in the upper right corner in Messages). Then select 'New secret chat.' Remember that these discussions are specific to a device.
How to self-destruct messages work?
The counter is available to self-destruct secret chats. To reset the counter, you should go to information that conversation (tap the small picture on the top right corner of the screen of the conversation), and then select Autodestrucción chose a time limit .
The timer is applied to the message from the time that is displayed on the screen of the receiver (two green ticks). As soon as the time is up, the message disappears from both devices and leaves no traces.
What is 'Encryption Key'?
When a secret conversation is created, the devices that participate in it exchanged encryption keys, also called key exchange Diffie-Hellman. After a secure connection for mobile-to-mobile is set, an image displaying the encryption key is generated for the chat. You can compare this image with which the other team, if both images are the same, you can be sure that the conversation is secure and that no intermediary attack can succeed.
There are two applications for Android. A, the N edition was the winner of a competition to find the developer of the app (it is now the official app) and is called only Telegram.'s S edition, which was second, became an unofficial client.
What devices can I use it?
It is currently available for iPhone (iOS 5 and later) and Androids (2.2 and later). It works on both smartphones and tablets, as well as iPods. Although there is a unique application for iPad, its creators claimed that "works well in them too." In addition, there are unofficial apps including a web version and apps for computers.
Currently available versions of Telegram are in English, Arabic and Spanish. The company said that a Spanish version for iPhone "is ready and will be released soon." And soon other languages according to the increase will be added on demand.
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