Telegram is a cloud-based instant messaging app with over 500 million active users worldwide. Despite its popularity, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding Telegram’s security and privacy features, especially when compared to other messaging apps like WhatsApp or Signal. In this blog, we will separate fact from fiction and evaluate Telegram’s safety features compared to other messaging apps.
Myth #1: Telegram is not safe because it’s not end-to-end encrypted.
One of the most common myths about Telegram is that it’s not safe because it doesn’t use end-to-end encryption (E2EE) by default, unlike WhatsApp and Signal. However, this is only partly true. While it’s true that Telegram doesn’t use E2EE by default for all chats, it offers an optional feature called “Secret Chats” that provides E2EE for one-on-one conversations. When you enable Secret Chats, your messages are encrypted on your device and decrypted only on the recipient’s device, making it virtually impossible for anyone to intercept or read them. Additionally, Telegram also offers a feature called “Message Disappearing,” which automatically deletes messages after a set time period, adding an extra layer of security to your conversations.
Myth #2: Telegram is not safe because it’s owned by a Russian company.
Another common myth about Telegram is that it’s not safe because it’s owned by a Russian company. While it’s true that Telegram’s founder Pavel Durov is a Russian entrepreneur, Telegram is registered in the United Kingdom, and its servers are located in various countries, including the Netherlands, Germany, and the United States. This means that Telegram is not subject to Russian laws and regulations, and the Russian government cannot force Telegram to hand over user data or messages.
Myth #3: Telegram is not safe because it’s used by terrorists and criminals.
Telegram has gained a reputation as a messaging app that is popular among terrorists and criminals. While it’s true that some criminals and terrorists have used Telegram to communicate, it’s important to note that this is not unique to Telegram. Criminals and terrorists also use other messaging apps like WhatsApp and Signal. Furthermore, Telegram actively works to combat illegal activities on its platform by banning channels and groups that promote terrorism, hate speech, or other illegal activities.