Paranoid Android: Here are 10 apps to keep your calls, messages and browsing private and secure

Paranoid Android: Here are 10 apps to keep your calls, messages and browsing private and secure
Is the National Security Agency (NSA) listening to your every call, reading through your messages and emails, and watching your browser history? Or is the Chinese government snooping on you? A few years ago, almost nobody wondered about that, but revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden showed us how fragile our security is, and further whispers about wiretapping on the part of Chinese companies, as well as the Russian government, make us seriously doubt whether even regular citizens are safe.

The security issue has turned out to be a grave one and given that virtually all our lives with our locations and relatives are stored on our phone, it’s worth figuring this out - is there a way to keep your calls, messaging and browsing private and secure? Or are we doomed to be helpless against the prying eye of Big Brother?

President Barack Obama assures us there is a system of checks and balances that makes NSA spying almost impossible on regular Americans. What if one lives outside the United States, though? Should those people be subject to random checks from the NSA who is claimed to have access to Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft accounts?

For those of you who care deeply about their privacy - for the activists, the journalists, the inquirers - there is a way to protect yourself. It's the Tor network. We can vouch for its security since even the Russian government cannot crack it - they are now offering a $3 million prize for hackers that manage to compromise its security. With this in mind, we've narrowed it down to 10 essential applications that are easy to use and guarantee the privacy of your calls, messages, emails and browsing. Take a look.

source: The Guardian Project



1. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

How bout having a phone that just makes and receives calls? Take that NSA!!!

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

NSA really doesn't care that much about what you are saying. They get much more useful information from the meta-data generated by the call.

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Eh, are we recycling an earlier article?

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes, this apps are really great.

3. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

At first I thought they were talking about radiohead

4. zennacko unregistered

If any of those apps was made by an american living in the USA, you know they can "friendly persuade" its creator(s) to give away the master decryption key for any message, right? And then they'll force the silence of this(ese) people, the same way they did to the big companies. And you'll think you're still safe, but you're back to ground zero again.

5. Victor.H

Posts: 1056; Member since: May 27, 2011

Not really.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

As Victor says, not really. I am not going to get into details, but it is possible to circumvent big brother. Worst case, both ends need to be using the same solution, but it is possible. And not that expensive.

6. Doctor_Drei

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 27, 2013

Nice apps..

8. Igneel

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I thought it was the Paranoid Android custom rom..

10. 1091323

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 20, 2013

question is who makes those? Nothing is lost in the digital world.

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It would be helpful to know for each app, if it is open source or not. We already know closed source security/privacy apps are likely NSA/CIA funded and neither secure nor private.

13. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Seems like an earlier article is being recycled.

14. pubbaa

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Hey Phone arena. can you make a post on how to manage and organize contacts on android phones via pc (Apps like Moborobo and such) maybe its a noob's request but think everyone can benefit from that..noobs and veterans alike .

15. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

All those are for Android only?

16. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

But Tor is not secure!!!

17. alekswatch

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I think those messenger are not safe as they should. I recently found this one - SafeUM. They claims they have very gooв protection. Will see in the future.

18. divergent

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

Most of those messaging apps have to store your messages in their servers! Here is an app that uses Steganography (the art of hiding data within files) and hides your messages in images, that way only the images are store and you have more control of your messages. It is called Semagram! You can find it on the Google Play store or you can check out the website

19. plumcake

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Chck out Amtel Plum secure messaging & secure calling for the enterprise. HIPAA compliant messaging.

20. movingtelecom

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

MizuDroid now has added obfuscation on top of encryption so it can be used also from VoIP blocked areas​

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