As we see the erosion of our rights at the state level continuing as well as an invasion of our privacy, especially with the current pandemic situation, there is a need now more than ever for secure communications or at least as secure as practical considering what we have to work with. The US Postal Service still remains the most secure method of communication other than face to face but for digital/phone/instant, we do have several options.
For a few years, I’ve relied on the VSee private messenger because it is encrypted and is so good it is HIPPA compliant, which means it can be used to transmit medical/health information for telemedicine conferencing, etc. It’s so swamped right now that new members can’t install it, so myself and many of my friends, family and associates are all switching to SIGNAL right now and it might be a good idea to consider doing the same.
You can download it here: https://signal.org/download/ – it’s 100% FREE, relatively small and you can do group texts with an unlimited amount of people in the group.
Signal is a non-profit with open source encryption. It’s not just a private messenger app, but on Android and Apple, it can actually be set to be the default text messaging app for your phone, will import everything over and anything you text to others that have Signal installed will be encrypted. And you can make voice and video calls through the app as well and those will also be encrypted.
Keep in mind that if you communicate in this manner while away from wi-fi, it will tap into your data plan so it makes sense to use this only when you’re connected to wi-fi unless you have an unlimited data plan. More info here: https://signal.org/
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