The Shared Security Podcast Episode 60 – The Secure Messaging Episode: Signal, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger

This is the 60th episode of the Shared Security Podcast sponsored by Security Perspectives – Your Source for Tailored Security Awareness Training and Assessment Solutions. This episode was hosted by Tom Eston and Scott Wright recorded February 1, 2017. Below are the show notes, commentary, links to articles and news mentioned in the podcast:

In this episode we focus on secure messaging apps like Signal, Wire, WhatsApp as well as other popular apps like Facebook Messenger.  Tom and Scott delve into the reasons why people are starting to use these apps and the security and privacy features.  We also discuss if using these apps for text messaging and phone calls are really more secure than traditional communication methods. What’s the biggest issue that we found with these apps?  Lack of adoption from friends, family and the general public.  Many people don’t know these apps exist or think they don’t have good reasons to use them. However, as the famous song by Bob Dylan once said “The Times They Are a-Changin”.

Tom and Scott’s Recommendations:
Our recommended secure messaging app: Signal
If you need a secure way to communicate that many of your friends may already be using: WhatsApp
Using Facebook Messenger? Enable the “Secret” conversation option when starting a new conversation
Honorable mention: Wire

Links and articles mentioned in the podcast:

Good article on the security and privacy features of Signal and WhatsApp
Facebook Messenger and end-to-end encryption
Top 10 best secure messaging apps of 2017

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