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Success Stories: A showcase of Threema Work’s versatility

Across the world, leading companies of all industries use Threema Work for fast and secure communication in the company.

Since the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force, the demand for Threema Work has increased even more.

The Threema Work ecosystem covers a whole variety of use cases. Read our Success Stories to learn more about Threema Work’s versatility. Find out first hand how it can contribute to the success of your company, and learn how Threema Work helps our clients to communicate in an efficient, secure, and affordable way while leaving data-protection concerns behind.

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More reasons to use Threema Education

We have recently introduced Threema Education, a secure and privacy-compliant chat solution for schools and educational institutions.

Today, Threema Education becomes even more compelling because there are no more recurring costs. With a one-time purchase, schools can now permanently enable students, parents, and teachers to chat without exposing their privacy. Considering a usage term of five years, Threema Education is only CHF 1.82 (€ 1.58) per year for one user.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has sparked a lively debate over whether the use of chat services for school purposes is legal or not. Due to the rigorous privacy protection, the use of Threema in schools is safe and GDPR-compliant.

Since Threema doesn’t require a SIM card or a phone number, it is also ideally suited for school tablets.

Learn more about Threema Education and start a free trial

Threema Web for iOS: Beta test begins

As it enters the beta stage today, the web client for iOS approaches the finish line!

Join the beta program to be among the first iOS users who can access Threema from the desktop. Put the web client to the test, and report any bugs you encounter.

The number of beta testers is limited. As usual, the “First come, first served” principle applies. Existing testers automatically participate in the beta program and don’t need to sign up again.

Thank you for your support, have fun testing!

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Why pay for Threema when you can get other encrypted messaging apps for free?

Guest article by Jaime Escuder

Often, when I ask people to join me on Threema, they balk. “Why should I pay for Threema, when I can use other encrypted messaging apps for free?” they ask.

Actually, there are a lot of reasons why Threema is worth paying for.

For starters, Threema is simply more enjoyable to use than other messengers and offers everything one would expect from a modern chat app, even allowing for encrypted phone calls.

Also, as a Swiss company, Threema is protected by Switzerland’s stringent and user-friendly privacy laws, meaning that it’s not subject to the vulnerabilities of America’s weak privacy protections like U.S.-based messaging apps are.

In addition, unlike many other apps, Threema doesn’t require your phone number, which means that its users can communicate with each other completely anonymously.

While each of these is a good reason to use Threema, there is another crucial aspect that is often ignored. It may seem counterintuitive, but the fact that Threema is a paid app is one of its greatest strengths.

At Threema, it’s the users, not investors, who are in charge

Threema does not operate under a typical Silicon Valley type of financial model, which is based on catering to advertisers. Instead, Threema charges a fee because, naturally, it has to cover its development and payroll costs. But what this means is that Threema is actually owned by its users and not by investors or venture capitalists who have an agenda.

Yes, mining a user’s data or accepting outside funding can allow an app to be “free,” but the truth is that nothing is free. If you’re not paying for a service, you can expect that your data is being exploited in some way, as we saw with Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal. Threema’s reliance upon its users for support means that its only incentive is to make the best encrypted messaging app possible.

When you use online products that don’t charge for their services, you’re giving your privacy away for free. When you pay for a service like Threema, you’re paying to protect it.

Threema Education: A special offer

Attention, educational institutions! There is now a special offer for you: Threema Education. You benefit from a 60% discount compared to Threema Work Enterprise.

Instant messaging is arguably the most popular means of communication, especially among the youth. Students interact lively via chat apps and use them to coordinate their school projects. Teachers have also started using instant messaging to quickly and conveniently assign homework, organize field trips, etc. However, conventional chat apps are not suitable for schools due to their poor privacy protection; experts strongly advise against their use.

Stay on top of instant messaging. Get Threema Education to protect the privacy of both students and teachers, and allow them to strictly separate personal and school communication.

Learn more: Threema Education

Master your metadata with Threema

Guest article by Jaime Escuder

If you read the Threema blog, you’re probably someone who understands the value of end-to-end encryption to protect your communication and your messages. But did you know that metadata can reveal more about you than the actual message content?

Every message that you send leaves a trail of so-called metadata. This can include a record of extensive information of who you talk to, your online status, and the composition of your groups. It can even be used to determine where you are when your messages are sent.

Not only companies and social networks know that this information is of utmost value. Also governments and hackers know that metadata can be used to learn intimate things about you, which is why metadata surveillance has become routine. In fact, in 2013 the Guardian reported on the United States’ National Security Agency’s massive metadata collection program.

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Threema Web for iOS is making good progress

Good news for iOS users. Threema Web for iOS is coming along great. We are close to the finish line, but there is still quite some work ahead. We’re anticipating a public beta by May. Stay tuned for more information. Thank you for your patience!

Threema is GDPR-compliant

The aim of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is to improve the data privacy of EU citizens and to make services with insufficient privacy protection accountable. The new law will enter into force in May 2018.

Security and privacy protection have always been Threema’s guiding principles. No technical adjustments were necessary to meet the GDPR requirements. Hence, nothing changes for Threema users.

Mentions in group chats: Never miss an important message again (Android)

When lively discussions occur in group chats, it’s easy to lose track. It often happens that some members engage in a conversation that is of little interest to the others. This is where (temporarily) muting the group comes in handy. However, this involves the risk of reading an important message too late or missing it altogether due to the flood of incoming messages.

Thanks to the new “mention” feature, this is now a problem of the past: Address group members by mentioning them, and they will receive a notification even if the group is muted (if configured accordingly). Simply type an “@” character in the text field, and select the desired contact to mention them.

As to be expected, the “mention” feature was implemented with privacy and security in mind. When mentioning someone, not their name but their Threema ID is sent, which prevents privacy leaks. If the mentioned Threema ID matches a contact in a recipient’s address book, the appropriate name is displayed instead of the Threema ID.

Mentions are fully supported in Threema for Android. On iOS, mentions are displayed correctly but cannot be created at this time. For Windows Phone, the next app update will add support for displaying mentions.

Threema 3.4 for Android contains numerous other changes and additions, including improvements for Threema Web. For all the details, please consult the change log.

Use Threema while in call mode (iOS)

Threema calls enjoy great popularity. Thanks to end-to-end encrypted voice calls, privacy advocates can talk on the phone with a clear conscience – tap-proof and in brilliant voice quality.

Today, Threema for iOS gets a small but useful feature: While a Threema call is ongoing, you can continue to use the app like you normally would. On the call screen, simply tap the arrow in the top left corner, and you’re back in the app. Accessing the app while on the phone might come in handy if, for example, you want to send your conversation partner your current location or a document to be discussed.

To learn more about the other improvements the 3.0.6 update contains, please refer to the change log.

In 100 days, the EU General Data Protection Regulation will become effective

Instant messaging is today’s go-to means of communication. Being fast and straightforward, it is indispensable in the corporate environment. Employees have become to rely on text messages since it’s often more convenient and efficient to text a colleague or partner rather than calling them on the phone or sending an email. However, many of the used chat apps aren’t suitable for business purposes, don’t meet legal data-privacy requirements, and are used under the radar, as “shadow IT”.

The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

100 days to go: Companies operating in Europe must comply with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by May 25, 2018. The new law is a step in the right direction: It strengthens the rights of Internet users, protects their privacy, and punishes offenders. In summary, the following can be said in regard to chat services:

  • Conventional chat services may only be used for strictly private purposes. As soon as corporate contact data is stored on the phone, it is no longer considered strictly private use.

  • The use of conventional messengers for business purposes is a plain violation of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation.

Conventional chat services require access to the address book and collect user data. When using such a service, the contact data in the address book is read, processed, and possibly shared. This is not compliant with the new GDPR unless prior consent was given by every person whose contact data is contained in the address book. Affected contacts cannot make use of their “Right to be forgotten” (this right empowers individuals to request the deletion of their personal data). In addition to contact data, conventional chat apps often collect other user data, e.g., the location, information about the mobile network, or other details about the user’s activity within the app.

The situation is quite clear. Conventional messengers are incompatible with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and companies should refrain from using them. Non-compliance with the GDPR can result in heavy fines.

Act now!

Take this opportunity, and equip your company with a solid business messenger. A messenger that protects the privacy of your employees and partners as well as your corporate data. A messenger that offers efficient administration and user management and allows to strictly separate personal and professional use. In short: Threema Work

Try Threema Work now – free trial

Data Privacy Day 2018

The digital transformation reaches into more and more areas of our lives. Internet, smartphone, and apps have long become indispensable, and all our online activities generate data. Often, this data is systematically collected and analyzed. At first glance, this may seem harmless. However, the more data is collected, the more detailed is the picture that can be drawn of the individual Internet users.

Once the data is acquired, it can be duplicated at will and preserved indefinitely. For what purposes the data can and will be used is uncertain; it might lead to totally unforeseen conclusions about the users that generated it. In order to raise awareness for the dangers of a decline in privacy, the Data Privacy Day was established. This holiday is held annually on January 28.

With Threema, every day is Data Privacy Day, but today the app is 50% off.

The 50% sale ends on Sunday, January 28, at 10 p.m. CET.

Threema 3.0.5 for iOS

As the year draws to a close, iOS users get another Threema update. While version 3.0.5 is primarily focused on bug fixes, this update also packs some small new features. For instance, the length restriction for text messages was removed. Very long messages will be split and sent as multiple separate messages.

For an overview of all improvements and additions, please refer to the change log.

New emojis in Threema for Android

The latest Threema for Android incorporates a host of new emojis. Counting over 2600 different emojis (803 more than before), Threema now covers the full emoji set of Unicode 10.0 and Emoji 5.0.

Fans of the cute chat symbols will be pleased about the various new ways to express themselves. Here are some examples:

On Android and iOS, the same emojis are used. You can be sure that your emojis look exactly the same on the recipient’s end and evoke the intended emotions.

In addition to new emojis, the 3.3 update also includes other improvements, such as the option to automatically download incoming media files. In “Settings > Media & Storage > Automatically download media”, you can specify whether images and voice messages should be downloaded automatically when connected to a certain network type (Wi-Fi or mobile).

To get an overview of all improvements and additions, please refer to the change log.

Threema MDM: Full control over the Threema Work app

Threema Work introduces a groundbreaking innovation: Threema MDM. With this unique administration tool, the Threema Work app can be remotely configured from the management cockpit. This way, you can be sure that the app is set up correctly on the users’ mobile devices. Another highlight of the new management cockpit is the dashboard, which provides detailed insight into the usage of Threema Work.

App configuration with Threema MDM

Until now, the remote configuration of Threema Work required MDM software. Thanks to Threema MDM, every Threema Work administrator is now able to remotely set up the app for the users. For example, you can enable or disable contact synchronization with a single click. And if you define all profile settings in Threema MDM, your users are relieved from completing the initial setup process.

There’s even more to Threema MDM. You can selectively restrict the use of the app. For instance, disable voice calls, or limit the communication to internal contacts (closed user group).

Stay informed with the new dashboard

The management cockpit’s new dashboard keeps you up to date about the usage of your licenses. At a glance, you see, for example, how many users are active and on which operating systems the app is installed. Of course, your employees’ privacy is fully protected. The evaluated data is completely anonymized, and no personally identifiable information is collected.

See for yourself: Test Threema Work now