A year ago, Techlore did a video comparing 12 messengers, including SMS, Facebook Messenger, Wickr, and others. That video remains a pretty useful guide on the most commonplace messengers.
However, if Techlore is to make a V2, here are some suggestions I have:
- Replace SMS with RCS on Google Messages. How does RCS currently fare under Google’s management versus SMS?
- It should be mentioned that a project funded/operated by Big Tech is vulnerable to being axed anytime.
- Speaking of Big Tech services being vulnerable to being killed off, Amazon announced their personal Wickr service, Wickr Me, will not be properly usable starting in 2023. Only AWS Wickr and Wickr Enterprise will remain. So, a new comparison should compare both. Bye Wickr Me.
- It’s great that E2EE, default E2EE, there should be a 14th column before or after “Metadata collection”: Forward secrecy.
- When watching the first comparison, some questions remain, like Telegram VS Threema VS Wickr. There should be a pastebin or PDF or Github post showing the general strengths of each messenger. What do they each get right?
- Facebook Messenger is a “just there” messenger similar to SMS. There’s a lot of chatter about SimpleX lately, which merits further looks.
So, in this updated comparison, I suggest these contenders:
RCS, SimpleX, WhatsApp, iMessage, AWS Wickr, Wickr Enterprise, Telegram, XMPP, Session, Threema, Signal, Matrix, and Briar.
And these are criteria and commentary checkpoints: Funding/Company, E2EE Option, Default E2EE, Open Source, Transparency Report, Info to Register, Metadata Collection, Forward Secrecy, Encrypted Cloud Backups, Timestamp/IP Logs, Security Audits, Onion Routing, Destructing Messages, Strengths (not in spreadsheet), General Concerns
In this potential V2 comparison, it compares 14 messengers under 15 checkpoints, compared to 12 messengers under 13 checkpoints in the current one.