I have been meaning to pick the brains of the geniuses here for a little while about this.
I have quite a few contacts who use Telegram. They believe it’s more secure/private than Faceplant and all the other usual suspects. Firstly, do you agree with that?
I have heard the old chants of “encryption is home grown” and “not open source” - and I get the philosophical point there, it’s a valid one. However it doesn’t PROVE that Telegram is unsafe, it just proves that we can’t assess the cryptographic code ourselves, but (just to play devil’s advocate here) isn’t it entirely POSSIBLE that Telegram’s founder/creators managed to come up with a really nice encryption protocol and decided they don’t want to share it as that will actually enhance their security/protection from hackers and govts? I don’t think it has been breached, I know there was the case in Iran but many people mistake that for a breach of T’s system, but it wasn’t, they breached via getting into user’s accounts from the user end. Any system is only as secure as each and every user. If you have a $10,000 lock on your front door, but leave the key under the mat, a burglary doesn’t prove your lock was no good :).
Anyway, it would be REALLY useful if I could use Telegram, but I have hesitated for months because I am just not sure. I know it’s not 100% perfect, nothing online is, but do people in here generally respect it or think it’s at least a lot more secure/private for people posting and communicating on there compared to other things?
I have heard of Mastadon but I read their terms and it didn’t seem privacy focussed at all so I won’t be using that. Any comments will help me decide, thanks