If you are searching for information about the why’s and how’s of protecting the information you exchange every day with others through chat messages, I hope to give you some guidence. You can follow the simple step by step guides I have written or you may delve into some fairly detailed analysis and reviews of many messaging applications. My focus is mostly on Android and iOS messaging apps but I review some desktop apps as well.
Why should I protect my chats?
So you may be wondering “Why do I need to protect my chats?”. Well the answer is that information you exchange with others in your chats may have value, contain personal identifying information, or may be private and intended for certain eyes only. Have you ever needed to ask a family member to give you their social security number or a bank account number? That information would be very valuable to someone looking to harvest information for identity theft. Once your identity is stolen it is very stressful and time consuming to repair all the damage.
This is not a matter of hiding anything, you are being proactive about protecting yourself and your identify. Do you lock your car and your house? Why? It is not because you have something to hide (I hope), but because you want to protect your things from being stolen. That is prudent and smart.
How do you protect your chat messages? That is what I will help you to do. There are some very easy things you can do, and you do not need to do everything suggested here. Start with one or two changes, and start to get comfortable with being in the mindset of protecting your information. Any little thing you do will make you more protected than you were before.
One quick note about the buttons that you can click in this guide:
- Any buttons that are blue will link to other parts of this website
- Any buttons that are green will link to another website and these will open in another browser tab.
So let’s start! Choose your path: