✍Aenco Academy #31: The Magical Trend of Texting — Messenger Application

In the past few years, the preference for text-based communication has surpassed that for phone conversions. Among numerous messaging apps nowadays, we place our choice on the basis of our needs and concerns.

Recently, cybersecurity and data privacy have been the major concern for messaging apps. This is clearly shown by the backlash against WhatsApp’s updated terms to share users’ data with Facebook, its parent company. As people are becoming more attentive to data protection and integrity, privacy-focused messaging apps experienced an upsurge of downloads. Although WhatsApp delayed the privacy policy by three months amidst mass confusion, users still call out Facebook-owned communication platform and switch to alternatives with better security, such as Telegram and Signal.

Messages and calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted, but Telegram and Signal go further to protect user privacy. Cloud-based Telegram provides the function of Secret Chat which supports end-to-end encryption. It encrypts messages in MTProto, its proprietary encryption protocol, so data will be less likely to be shared with others. On the other hand, Signal encrypts not only the messages and calls, but also the metadata. It uses a fully open-source protocol to perform end-to-end encryption for all forms of communications on the platform. Signal is considered as by far the most reliable and safe application in the instant messaging market. Therefore, Signal has witnessed a surge in users since January.

In addition to the above messaging apps which allow users to communicate safely with internet connection, offline communication app is one of the trending communication tools now. Bridgefy is the offline messaging app which allows users to communicate without internet access or SMS services. The connection is instead based on mesh networks, a group of devices connected through Bluetooth. Hence, Bridgefy could let users share messages offline within the chains of unlimited devices.

We see Bridgefy’s rapid growth in popularity after the military coup in Myanmar. The app was installed more than one million times in 48 hours during the Myanmar protests, when the country military disrupted internet services temporarily. The offline communication app was also widely used by protestors in Hong Kong during the Anti-ELAB movements in 2019, as its offline nature makes it harder for the Chinese state to trace their communication. Apart from protests, Bridgefy aided the communication of information when most Caribbean island nations lost all connection to power due to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017. Bridgefy has been used in lieu of online communication apps when internet access is unreliable.

Individuals rely more on messaging apps, and internet access and cybersecurity are currently their main need and concern for online communication. These could potentially be the messaging app features for developers to design or improve. After all, a safe and reliable messaging apps is what the public is looking for. If such messaging app is available under all circumstances in different places, it will definitely be highly sought-after.

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