There’s seemingly something different about Telegram. Its rise isn’t only due to Whats App’s acquisition and subsequent downtime. 1 app in Spanish, Arabic, and several Latin American app stores for several weeks before the Facebook deal happened," says Telegram's Markus Ra.
Built by the pioneering Durov brothers behind Russia’s largest social network, VKontakte (also known as VK), Telegram is a messaging service combining the speed of Whats App with Snapchat’s ephemerality and advanced new security measures.Whats App might have heralded the first time we heard of Telegram, but it certainly won't be the last.In the US and several other countries, the app is no.1 in the social networking category, ahead of Facebook, Whats App, Kik, and others.At this point, you might recall earlier this month there was a warning about a vulnerability in Whats App’s secure messages, but this was later proven to be false.
Whats App is available for both Android and i OS – you'll need to have a verifiable mobile phone number to register initially (it’s also available for desktop computers).
In April last year, Whats App enabled end-to-end encryption across all platforms, meaning conversations can't be read by anyone but you and the person you're messaging.
Not only are your chats protected, but Whats App provides a security code so you can verify that someone isn't intercepting your messages and passing them on (this is called a ‘man-in-the-middle’ attack).
A secret conversation in Messenger is encrypted end-to-end, which means the messages are intended just for you and the other person—not anyone else, including us.
Keep in mind that the person you're messaging could choose to share the conversation with others (example: a screenshot).
Telegram is a free cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app for i OS 6, Android, Windows Phone, Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X which lets you send encrypted messages, photos, videos, and file of any type (including .zip, .doc, .mp3, and others) to other Telegram users.