Telegram Messenger is a cloud-based instant messaging app that is available on all major platforms such as iOS, Android, and PC. In an age where security and reliability in any software are of paramount importance, Telegram as an app truly stands out due to its robust architecture and rich feature set.
The messenger has undergone a lot of changes through the years but the essence of it has remained the same. Initially, there was a debate as to whether or not the Telegram platform as was secure and private as it claimed to be, and the only way to arrive at a conclusion was to revisit the past of the application and take a look at its back story. In this article, we are going to give a quick introduction to the beginnings of the popular Telegram Messenger.
In this article, we will discuss a few points and try to justify how secure Telegram actually is. Let’s get started –
Point 1. Telegram is built on the MTProto Protocol, making it a lot more secure than the usual mass-market messengers like Whatsapp and Line. The time-tested algorithms that form the backbone of the TElegram messenger also ensure. reliability in low connectivity situations.
Point 2. For the extra paranoid users, Telegram offers a ‘secret chat’ mode which offers complete end-to-end encryption. This means that Telegram will have no access to the contents shared and discussed in those chats.
Point 3. Telegram supports two layers of encryption. We have server-client encryption that works in cloud chats. Secret chat mode uses another layer of encryption known as client-client encryption. No matter what it may be, every piece of data flowing through the telegram is encrypted.
Point 4. For people who are coding enthusiasts and want to take a closer look at how secure Telegram Messenger is, you will love to know that the complete source code to Telegram is open-source and accessible to all.
Point 5. When it. comes to companies claiming that their product is secure, there are those who claim that they can expose this claim. Telegram has a scheme where anyone who can expose frailties in the Telegram platform gets a reward. This helps Telegram identify faults that they may have overlooked and made the build all the more secure.
Point 6. Telegram ensures that data transfer and communications that occur on the platform, cannot be deciphered by any person or utility from a third party. The transfer also cannot be intercepted by your internet service provider.
Point 7. Like most messenger platforms today, Telegram supports 2-step verification which sends an OTP to your mobile number while logging in. This ensures that it is definitely you who is logging into your account.
All these points do go a certain distance in proving the level of security that telegram offers, but we must still be vigilant while using anything on the digital platform.
Telegram is available for free download on iOS and Android. The download links are given below.