Coming from IntelliTechniques, and posted on Brushbeater, this is a comparison chart of the various ‘secure’ messaging apps out there, including mobile apps and email services. The top of the list is (not shockingly): Signal and Wire for messaging and Tutanota and Protonmail for email.

As I discussed in Radio Contra Episode 31, setting up a wifi-only device for communications is absolutely critical at this point in time.

IntelTechniques Secure E2EE Comms Comparison Beta v. 0.1 October 2020
Messaging Confide Dust Jitsi iMessage Matrix/Element Session Signal Sudo Telegram Threema WhatsApp Wickr Wire Notes
E2EE Messaging (In-Network) YES YES YES YES OPTIONAL YES YES YES YES YES PARTIAL* YES YES *Whatsapp cloud (Google) backups are not E2EE
Country of Ownership USA USA USA USA UK Australia USA USA UAE Switzerland USA USA USA Many other cloud backups (Google, iCloud, etc) may not be E2EE
14-Eyes Association YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES NO NO YES YES YES
Open Source NO NO YES NO YES YES YES NO YES PARTIAL NO PARTIAL YES
3rd-Party Metadata YES YES YES YES NO NO NO NO YES NO YES YES NO
3rd-Party Analytics YES YES YES YES NO NO NO NO YES NO YES YES NO
Funding Various Mark Cuban 8×8 Apple Matrix/Element Loki Signal Anonyome Labs Various Threema Facebook Various Wire
Registration Requirements None Email None Phone/Email None None Phone None Phone Payment Phone None Email
Device Contact Access Optional YES NO YES NO NO YES Optional YES NO Optional Optional NO
Message Control Across Devices YES YES YES NO YES NO NO YES YES NO YES YES YES
Ephemeral Messages YES YES YES NO NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
User ID Format Member ID Email Name Phone/Email Username Username Phone Phone Phone Username Phone Username Username
Free Version Available YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES NO YES YES YES
Desktop/Browser Availability YES NO YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Third-Party Audit YES NO NO NO NO In Progress YES Non-Public NO YES NO Non-Public YES
Email CTemplar Discreet Mailbox Posteo Protonmail Tutanota Sudo
E2EE (In-Network) YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
E2EE (Non-Network) YES NO YES YES YES YES NO
Country of Ownership Iceland Czech Republic Germany Germany Switzerland Germany USA
14-Eyes Association NO NO YES YES NO YES YES
Open Source YES NO YES YES YES YES NO
3rd-Party Metadata NO NO YES NO NO NO NO
3rd-Party Analytics NO NO YES NO NO NO NO
Funding Self Funded Self Funded Self Funded Self Funded Horizon Self Funded Anonyome Labs
Registration Requirements None None Payment Payment None None None
Free Tier Daily Email Limit 200 100 10 (Trial) YES 150 YES NO
Custom Domain YES YES YES NO YES YES NO
Wildcards YES NO YES NO YES YES NO
2FA YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Desktop/Browser Availability YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Third-Party Audit NO NO NO YES YES NO Non-Public
Voice FaceTime Jitsi Matrix/Element Signal Sudo Telegram Threema WhatsApp Wickr Wire
E2EE Calls (In-Network) YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Country of Ownership USA USA UK USA USA UAE Switzerland USA USA USA
14-Eyes Association YES YES YES YES YES NO NO YES YES YES
Open Source NO YES YES YES NO YES PARTIAL NO PARTIAL YES
3rd-Party Metadata YES YES NO NO NO YES NO YES YES NO
3rd-Party Analytics YES YES NO NO NO YES NO YES YES NO
Funding Apple 8×8 Matrix.org Signal Anonyome Labs Various Threema GmbH Facebook Various Wire
Registration Requirements Phone/Email None None Phone None Phone Payment Phone None Email
Device Contact Access YES NO NO YES Optional YES NO Optional Optional NO
Max # of Users on Call (Base Tier) 32 75 1:1 1:1 1:1 1:1 1:1 8 1:1 4
User ID Format Phone/Email Name Username Phone Phone Phone Username Phone Username Username
Desktop/Browser Availability YES YES YES YES NO YES NO (Voice) YES YES YES
Third-Party Audit NO NO NO YES Non-Public NO YES NO Non-Public YES
Video FaceTime Jitsi Matrix/Element Signal Sudo Telegram Threema WhatsApp Wickr Wire Zoom
E2EE Video (In-Network) YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES PARTIAL
Country of Ownership USA USA UK USA USA UAE Switzerland USA USA USA USA
14-Eyes Association YES YES YES YES YES NO NO YES YES YES YES
Open Source NO YES YES YES NO YES PARTIAL NO PARTIAL YES NO
3rd-Party Metadata YES YES NO NO NO YES NO YES YES NO YES
3rd-Party Analytics YES YES NO NO NO YES NO YES YES NO YES
Funding Apple 8×8 Matrix.org Signal Anonyome Labs Various Threema GmbH Facebook Various Wire Various
Registration Requirements Phone/Email None None Phone None Phone Payment Phone None Email Email
Device Contact Access YES NO NO YES Optional YES NO Optional Optional NO Optional
Max # of Users on Call (Base Tier) 32 75 1:1 1:1 1:1 1:1 1:1 8 1:1 4 100
User ID Format Phone/Email Name Username Phone Phone Phone Username Phone Username Username Email
Desktop/Browser Availability YES YES YES YES NO YES NO (Video) YES YES YES YES
Third-Party Audit NO NO NO YES Non-Public NO YES NO Non-Public YES NO
Contributors: Gustov, Up, X, MB
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