With the rise of remote work, calling and video conferencing apps have become irreplaceable. Thousands are using these every day to collaborate with the rest of the team and conduct online meetings. But here comes the big question – with all this uprise in usage and sensitive information that is being shared, are these video calling apps safe enough?
To be sure that the confidential info you share in your online meeting is secure, you should be looking for an app with end-to-end encryption – meaning that only the participants can read shared messages and media.
Here is a list with the 8 best and most secure video calling apps currently on the market.
Signal Private Messenger
One of the most secure video calling apps which uses apart and end-to-end encryption to provide anonymous delivery of the calls and messages with minimum information shared on the servers of the platform. Signal Private Messanger is free to use but there is one downside – you can only call one person at a time in a video call. There is no limit to the participants in a group chat though.
One of the safest open-source collaboration platform, particularly popular with B2B users. Wire offers IM, group chats, video calls, and file-sharing. The maximum number of users in a video call is 4. Even if you are collaborating with users who didn’t sign for the platform but access it through an invite link, you can rely on end-to-end encryption. Wire comes with paid plans starting at $5.
An open-source end-to-end encrypted IM and video calling platform that provides a safe and secure way for collaborating with maximum prevention from hacker attacks. The amount the participants in a video call can be configured by a developer and the platform is free to use.
Google Duo offers HD calling, Google Integration, a very intuitive UI, and the option to see the caller’s video without having to pick up the call. Although it does collect anonymous data that it is being used for targeted ads, it is still a safe alternative for video calling. Up to 12 participants can take part in a video call and it is free to use.
One of the most widely used IM apps worldwide, Whatsapp provides end-to-end encrypted video calls enabled by default. The maximum number of participants in a video call is 8, but the option for video calling is still not officially supported on desktop. Apart from being safe and easy to use, Whatsapp is also free.
Another very popular solution for video calling that uses end-to-end encryption enabled by default and removes messages from the servers immediately upon delivery. Up to 5 users can participate in a video call, and there are paid plans starting at $8.99 per month.
Although it offers end-to-end encryption, it is not turned on by default – you have to do it manually. Still, Line is great for messages, calls, and media sharing both for casual and business users. With up to 200 participants in a video call and free to use, it is easy to see why its popularity is growing rapidly.
GoRemote secures all text messages and video/voice calls with end-to-end encryption. The app also allows you to set a password to lock it. So even if your phone falls into the wrong hands, your messages and attachments will not be seen by any unauthorized party.
Besides the industry-leading encryption, GoRemote also supports group chats as well as the sending of files and photos in addition to text, so you’re going to be pretty well covered no matter what your needs. In addition, users can easily share their screens during a meeting. Furthermore, client applications are available on all major mobile and desktop platforms.
With these apps, you can rest assured that none of your video calls would be linked on the internet and cause unnecessary havoc.