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Is Telegram secure?

There is a new WhatsApp-killer application called Telegram. They said that it's open source and that it has a more secure encryption. But they store all the messages in their servers and WhatsApp ...
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Which Instant Messaging services use or allow secure protocols, and what do those protocols cover?

We all know there's a myriad of Instant Messaging (IM) services out there. But, which of these services uses or permits protocols that actually secure your communications? For those that do, what ...
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Can voice chat be spied?

I wonder if voice chat (via public services like yahoo, google talk, skype, etc) is practically secure? Is it possible for the ISP or any middle point? I do not consider hacking the computers, but ...
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Can Skype chat be protected from snooping? Are there safe alternatives?

I use Skype a lot. With all of my clients, staff, contractors and friends, however, the acquisition by Microsoft worries me, as two of my clients are direct MS competitors, and I often work on long ...
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How is OTR messaging with Socialist Millionaire Protocol (SMP) protected from Man In The Middle?

So imagine the next situation: Alice wants to initiate OTR instant messaging session with Bob but Joe is Man In The Middle. Alice negotiates a shared secret 'X' with Joe (thinking he is Bob) using ...
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Are Telegram secret chats secure assuming MTProto isn't?

For those who don't know: Telegram is a partially open source Whatsapp alternative (Server is closed source) which offers secret chats and normal chats. Secret chats are encrypted with Diffie-Hellman ...
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What are the main issues and best practice security controls when exposing SIP and H.323 to the Internet?

What are the main issues and recommended controls when exposing SIP and H.323 to the Internet (could be for voice, video, and instant messaging traffic or all three)? Specifically I'm looking for ...
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How does WhatsApp's new group chat protocol work and what security properties does it have?

By now everybody has noticed that WhatsApp rolled out full end-to-end encryption recently, for direct communication, for media attachments and for group chats. I've read their white-paper (PDF) and ...
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Why does Telegram not use end-to-end encryption? [closed]

Signal and Telegram are both mobile applications that "try" to ensure secure chats. Signal uses end-to-end encryption, Telegram does this as well (in 'secret chats') but it does not use end-to-end ...