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Telegram Reviews

Open Source kind of confusing

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While the client itself is open source, there are a lot of parts of telegram that aren't. It is not possible to look through the whole process of one client writing another. I think to make that problem more clear telegram should actually be put in the category Free and not open source.


I'm questioning the "Open source" as well. Even the client isn't really "Open source" any more at least not the one they are using. The provide an open source code base on Github but you can tell by there releases and updates that they themselves are not using it in a very open manner.

Thanks for changing the label to Free, I think at least for now it fits way better than Open Source. Anyways we will see on their website they are claiming that eventually they want to make everything open source even though I doubt it.

they can't put their encription code open source, so exept this is opensource

Thanks for changing the tag to free, I think it has the correct labeling now.

ups, I didnt noticed it, Im new in this site and Im trying to understand it, so please be patient

From the Telegram FAQ:

Q: Why not open source everything?
All code will be released eventually. We started with the most useful parts — a well-documented API that allows developers to build new Telegram apps, and open source clients that can be verified by security specialists.

Well, nice that they want to do it at some point, but as for now, the security-critical parts are not open source. As long as that is the case, the tag should be free not open source.

I totally agree to Johannski. All code will be released eventually is wishy-washy.

Secure?! ... yeah,yeah of course it is just like Signal

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  • You must register with your phone number! -that's the real anonymity (!) , every phone number has an identifiable owner (in the EU must register your SIM)
  • Your messages stored in the cloud! -would not be bad if the first point were not there, a nice log how many times you contacted your partner.

"Did you see or hear it on the main stream media?...Then forget it!" -- Me


Finally a secure alternative

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Great app, although a little confusing to start using at first. Was looking for a replacement to another messaging app that wasn't private enough (don't trust anything owned by Facebook anymore) and this one seemed quite popular and safe. End-to-end encryption, self-destruct timers and most importantly, their secret chats that cannot be accessed on the cloud are great.


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  • ... not truly open source - only portions of it are
  • ... created by the VK founders (Russia's Facebook)
  • ... uses an unusual and much less proven encryption method

There are many more secure and trustworthy messaging apps. These include:

That said, the Russian authorities just outlawed Telegram, presumably to thwart government leaks and the threat from journalists who want to communicate without having their work snooped on. So Telegram must be doing something right. Shows the importance of using encrypted apps if you value your privacy.


No I want try any thing else.
telegram works great for me and millions of users world wide and still surprising us in every release.


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Excellent messenger for those who always want to be in touch .


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Better than Viber in terms of usability, available features, and extendability. In Telegram, there are no annoying advertisements and stupid message management. As for me, the best thing in Telegram is the ability to create your own bot (create, not use the existing one) that can do everything you want. This is the first application where I really wanted to do that (unlike Skype, WhatsApp, etc.)


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Certainly good app. I have no question in my mind that about privacy terms of the app. I believe that does not make any sense when you judge an app with the founder's country. Security of the encryption is already proven several times with several contests. Besides recent Russian block to Telegram is already good proof of this. Unfortunately we have seen how western devs respect privacy terms of their users with recent incidents, while Durov lost his 8 percent market for the sake of privacy.


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  • E2E Encryption is not available on Desktop. No technical reason for that. Its just baiting with e2e, then switching to plaintext.
    Transport encryption or encraption by telegram is irrelevant, every service does that. That doesnt mean Telegram and therefore Governments cant read it.

  • The UI discourages the use of E2E Encryption whenever possible. Some users dont even know it exists and somehow assume the normal chat would be E2E encrypted.

  • It syncs phone numbers and names, stores them even for contacts that dont have Telegram, you can disable that feature and even delete synced contacts, but that will also delete all contacts already added through the sync. No technical reason for that at all. Telegram does not need to know the names of my contacts, the app could display that without sending it to telegram, and it could also send the names to a desktop client, without telegram seeing them.

And yet this app somehow appeals to the privacy concious crowd, because its open source and has e2e encryption. But both points are irrelevant.

Open Source is important so you can verify that an app doesnt secretly spy on you. When the app openly admits to collecting all information that it can get about you, then where is the point in Open Source?

E2E encryption is discouraged from being used, and contacts will send you sensititve information via normal chat sooner or later.
Also it doesnt exist on the desktop version. So you have to choose, is it e2e encrypted or is it multiplatform? its certainly not both.

Now there are good points about Telegram:

  • Its easy to use
  • censorship is kept to a minimum
  • it seems like Telegram can avoid request for data from governments pretty good, but then again, legally it seems to be based in Londoin, and we simply wont know if intelligence agencies access telegram, because these things arent made public.

"privacy by trusting durov" is the security model of Telegram users.

I would give it 4 Stars as a Messenger for people who dont care about privacy.

  • 1 because it collects information that isnt necessary for it to function.

But i have to give 1 star for the deceitful marketing itself to the privacycrowd.


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I love Telegram's interface, it's smooth UI, and how fast it works for calls and messages. I've always gotten clear audio. I prefer it a lot more than Whatsapp.

However, Telegram's protocol was created by the developers. This wouldn't be a problem if they had a background in cryptology, but of course they don't. It is not as secure as people like to think. I would prefer that people used this over Whatsapp's "encryption," but if you actually care about privacy and security, you should be using Signal, Riot, or an alternative with an universally-trusted cryptographic protocol.


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You need to set a password and use secret chats for security. I would recommend it over Signal provided that you set that password.


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telegram is just the messenger that works for me.
flawlessly synced across all my devices, besides to the native features I find bots very competing. I do very recommended for professional messengering and customer service.


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I think TG is no longer on the top of secure messengers. I constantly monitor new products and I've found Utopia ecosystem (e-mail, messenger, wallet and map). It's p2p, private and more or less user friendly. If your are concerned about anonymity join their beta.


Thanks for sharing. I was looking for something like that for a long time and can't believe that someone run such soft at least. I appreciate the idea of BTC rewards. An easy way to earn.

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Great in priciple lousy implementation of privacy:

REQUIRES sms capable mobile number to signup. Hard fail

Instead use Conversations


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Better than WhatsApp in every way:

  • Faster
  • More secure
  • More fun features
  • Available on every device