If you’re wondering how secure the messaging apps and tools you use every day are, this scorecard from the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation covers over three dozen messaging tools — including FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Skype and SnapChat — to see how they stack up when it comes to keeping your messages safe.
The privacy of our digital lives is a hot topic, and many of us want to believe the tools we use to communicate are perfectly safe. The EFF took a look at today’s most popular services and compared them all. For each service they sought to answer seven important security related questions about encryption, verifying contacts, code auditing, and how secure your past communications are.
Unsurprisingly, messaging services designed specifically for secure communication — like ChatSecure, CryptoCat and Silent Text — passed most of the tests. In regards to first-party messaging services, FaceTime, iMessage, and Google Hangouts ranked fairly well.
It’s important to keep in mind that this table is not designed to endorse any services, only provide information on the security of the tools available. You can check out the complete table and read more about their methodology at the link below.
Secure Messaging Scorecard [Electronic Frontier Foundation]