Waiting for an important message on Facebook but you can’t open the app? Apparently, the social media giant encountered an unexpected outage on Monday that lasted around six hours. Besides FB, other social media applications of the company were also affected by the said outage. This includes essential messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram.
While it looks like Facebook and its apps are back online, there is certainly good reason to fear another outage could happen. Having said that, we take a loot at three messaging apps available if you’re worried about another FB failure, according to Zapier.
In addition to Facebook Messenger, Viber also contains important features that you need for daily communications. This app contains text and multimedia messages, as well as a free voice and video calling service that can be extended to those who are not yet on Viber. As for its users, most are from the United States, Russia, Brazil and India. Viber is available on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows.
For a very detailed explanation of its functionality, Viber contains the following:
- Group chats can have up to 250 participants.
- Users can communicate by sending instant voice and video messages.
- GIFs and stickers are created for faster response.
- End-to-end encryption is also available. This means that users can share private keys with specific people to maintain security.
- Viber Out is also available. This feature allows you to call any mobile or landline number in the world, but with a service charge.
Besides these features, the app also has several communities or group chats. These public chats can have an unlimited number of members.
As mentioned, Viber is a free messaging app that works almost the same as Facebook Messenger. Keep in mind that the Viber Out feature has a certain payoff if used.
If you want to download the Viber app, go to their website.
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Telegram is the best texting app for speed and security, according to Zapier. This app is available on iOS, Android, Web, Mac, Windows, and Linux.
As for its detailed functionality, Telegram contains the following:
- Group chats can have up to 200,000 participants.
- Messages are stored in the cloud and are accessible on all Telegram clients.
- Same with Viber, it also contains end-to-end encryption, this feature is called Secret Chats. Unlike regular chats, secret chats are not stored in the cloud.
- A self-destruct timer for secret conversations is available. This deletes the messages once they have served their purpose.
On a positive note, Telegram is free for everyone. If you want to download the Telegram app, visit their website find out more.
1. Wickr me
Finally, Wickr Me would be the best SMS app for security. Same with Telegram, it is also available for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows and Linux. This app can send texts, videos, images and files with at least 10MB storage.
Besides end-to-end encryption, Wickr Me has a feature called Shredder. Since messages expire after six days for this app, this feature overwrites deleted messages for possible data recovery. Wickr Me does not need to be linked to any account, which means it only needs a username and password. Unfortunately, there is no recovery option if a password is forgotten.
Wickr Me offers three download options:
- Wickr Me: free private messaging
- Wickr Pro: Free Secure Collaboration for Business
- Wickr Enterprise: Full control and full compliance
Ditto with Viber and Telegram, Wickr Me is free. To download said application, users can visit their page.
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