I feel like someone tooling with a secure messaging app makes it less…reliable that its secure, despite yanking google play parts out of the code. Thoughts?

  • @sibachian@lemmy.ml
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    43 years ago

    I don’t know why Telegram is always the go-to topic for ‘secure messaging’, especially as a contender vs discord. When we have the option of matrix.org, which is not only encrypted, but federated.

    • HMH
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      33 years ago

      Because Telegram offers top notch user experience, apart from excellent apps they even offer native desktop clients. I really want matrix to succeed but as of now the user experience is clearly inferior.

      • zexu knub
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        110 months ago

        Try cinny. I find it less cluttered compared to element

      • @sibachian@lemmy.ml
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        03 years ago

        how is it inferior? what’s wrong with the user experience of Element? it’s available on all major platforms with a native client + all modern browsers. has a nice ui. and loads of functions surpassing Telegram out of the gate.

        • HMH
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          13 years ago

          it’s available on all major platforms with a native client

          Yeah, but all native desktop clients are still more or less in alpha and have no feature parity with Element. Can you recommend one, I am currently using nehko and it is okayish but still very much under development?

          what’s wrong with the user experience of Element

          To mention just a few obvious issues: Element on desktop is very slow and heavy as it is an Electron app, search in encrypted rooms does not work, if I scroll through longer chats the scrollbar becomes incredibly jerky, on mobile notifications sometimes don’t show up. And there are many more things that just need more polish, I am not an UX designer so I am not that good at pointing my finger at all UX issues but I can still feel them.

          I sincerely hope that given a little more time things improve and I can finally recommend matrix to my non technical friends.

    • Dessalines
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      33 years ago

      I don’t know why people spend time building open source clients for not-self-hostable services. You could potentially spend hundreds of hours on something that can be shut down on a whim. Discord and spotify bots and clients, twitter or facebook clients, their APIs have been either severely restricted or shut down in the past.

      • @ksynwa@lemmy.ml
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        13 years ago

        Nitter is pretty good tho. Makes Twitter usable without logging in. But yeah a FOSS client for Telegram feels like a waste of keystrokes.

  • Sr Estegosaurio
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    33 years ago

    As far as I know, telegram at the end is mostly the same garbage as Whatsapp. Let me explain: Telegram has a ton of major issues (or at least they are serious problems from mi POV)

    • NOT E2EE by default. In order to make E2EE chats you must create a “secret chat” that is only accessible via smartphone (forget about E2EE on pc or even sync it mith other devices). And I’m not sure about this but I believe that there isn’t any way of doing E2EE calls or video calls.

    • Is just “another” CENTRALIZED SILO. Lacks any form of federation an depends on a non-free servers. (More on that later).

    • You need to give a phone number in order of being able to use the service. Any comments about this, just sucks. (Yeah you can use some throw away phone number but that isn’t my point)

    • Telegram ISN’T FOSS. Okey their clients are FOSS (or at least they have a FOSS version) but their servers (as mentioned above) are just proprietary crap. I will not trust any kind of proprietary garbage. So telegram is FAR from being FOSS.

    At the end you just got a fancier version of Whatsapp (don’t get my wrong, both are cringy) because yes, compared to WhatsApp in terms of “features” it’s prettier and have some cool ideas. But at least WhatsApp IS EE2E. It stills has a freaking ton of problems, but at least your comms are encripted, not like telegram.

    For something important I (or what ever else, seriously is just the same crap but not ee2e) WON’T USE TELEGRAM. Matrix exists, ye, it has a serious problem with metadata.

    But if you want bulletproof comms you always can use Briar or Jami. :)

    • @0x90@lemmy.ml
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      03 years ago

      I 100% agree. Ideally the best solution would be Element, or even better: any XMPP client.

      There are also other acceptable alternatives like Delta Chat.

      Unfortunately everyone else use WhatsApp or Facebook messenger.

  • IngrownMink4
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    13 years ago

    Yeah, it is legit. You can also use Neko X, which is inspired by Telegram X and forked from Telegram X.

  • PandaCoderPL
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    13 years ago

    Telegram FOSS is definitely better than official client if you really have to use this service but you should look for some alternatives like Session.