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Dust is described as 'DUST gives you control over your digital life. We believe online life is real life, so only you should control what is known about you' and is a Encrypted Chat app in the security & privacy category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Dust for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Android, Linux and iPhone. The best alternative is Signal, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Dust are Telegram, Element, Discord and Jitsi Meet.

Dust alternatives are mainly Group Chat Apps but may also be Encrypted Chat Apps or Video Calling Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Dust.
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  1. Signal is a messaging app with an unexpected focus on privacy, combined with all the features expected from a modern IM app. Signal has received a lot of praise from all around the world for its security and privacy-respecting technologies.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionSignal has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedSignal is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeSignal supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineSignal can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingSignal will not track or use your personal data.
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    Telegram

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • HUAWEI AppGallery
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Linux Mobile
    • Android Wear
    • PortableApps.com
    • FreeBSD

    Telegram is a messaging app created by former VK creators with a focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple and free. It is like SMS, but more powerful.

    ⚫︎ LightweightTelegram consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionTelegram has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedTelegram is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeTelegram supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ PortableTelegram can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineTelegram can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportTelegram support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    ⚫︎ Sync Across DevicesTelegram can sync your data across devices like your phone, desktop and tablet
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    Telegram Desktop


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    Element

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • Matrix.org
    • Cloudron
    • F-Droid
    • FLATHUB

    Element is a secure collaboration and messaging app based on the Matrix protocol. It’s decentralised to deliver digital sovereignty, and based on an open standard for easy connections and interoperability. It is end-to-end encrypted by default.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedElement is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionElement has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedElement is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningElement has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownElement supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingElement will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Element simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
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    Video calls for desktop and mobile
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    Discord

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • Electron / Atom Shell
    • FreeBSD
    • Playstation
    • Xbox
    • Epic Games Store

    Whether you’re part of a school club, a gaming group, a worldwide art community, or just a handful of friends that want to spend time together, Discord makes it easy to talk every day and hang out more often.

    ⚫︎ Text to SpeechDiscord allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    ⚫︎ LightweightDiscord consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Two-factor AuthenticationDiscord supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeDiscord supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Discord Desktop Client Dark Mode
  5. Go ahead, video chat with the whole team. In fact, invite everyone you know. Jitsi Meet is a fully encrypted, 100% open source video conferencing solution that you can use all day, every day, for free — with no account needed.

    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Jitsi Meet without registration.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionJitsi Meet has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ LightweightJitsi Meet consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  6. Skype icon

    Skype

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Android Wear
    • PortableApps.com

    Skype is the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service globally. It allows users to text, video and voice call over the internet. Users can also call landlines and mobiles at competitive rates using Skype credit, premium accounts and subscriptions.

    ⚫︎ LightweightSkype consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Main window on MS Windows
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    Matrix.org

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • WebRTC
    • Python
    • JavaScript
    • Go (Programming Language)
    • Cloudron
    • Java
    • Perl

    Matrix defines a set of open APIs for decentralised communication, suitable for securely publishing, persisting and subscribing to data over a global open federation of servers with no single point of control.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionMatrix.org has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ DecentralizedMatrix.org is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportMatrix.org support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Matrix.org simultaneously.
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    Main Page
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    Slack

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Electron / Atom Shell
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Slack is a unified communication platform built with an optimized workflow to keep modern teams focused and productive. A familiar chat interface facilitates discussions while advanced features are easily exposed based on context.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsSlack can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Slack simultaneously.
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  9. With the rise of widespread government monitoring programs, Tox is an easy to use application that allows you to connect with friends and loved ones without anyone else listening in.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedTox is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ DecentralizedTox is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionTox has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Tox without registration.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeTox supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ LightweightTox consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingTox will not track or use your personal data.
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    The Universal Tox Client. A Tox client that runs on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, FreeBSD & the web. Written in JS using React & React Native / electron.
  10. Pidgin is an easy to use, multi-protocol chat client client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, XMPP, and more chat networks all at once. It has built-in support for NSS, offering client-to-server message encryption for protocols that support it.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsPidgin can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportPidgin support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    ⚫︎ PortablePidgin can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Pidgin chat window
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