Software

Five secure chat apps that don't cost a dime

Introduction

Sometimes you need to chat about a subject and you can't chance the information getting into the wrong hands. Maybe you're sending personal data or discussing sensitive company details. Regardless of why you need to ensure a secure conversation, the bigger question is "How do you go about it?"

Fortunately, you don't have to install an encryption engine, type your text, encrypt it, and copy and paste the encrypted message into the chat app (although you could do that). Instead, you can take advantage of one of the many secure chat apps available. Desktop apps, web-based apps, and mobile apps — you're covered on all platforms. Let's dive in and look at some of the best free apps for securely chatting with your friends, family, staff, and clients.

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About Jack Wallen

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