The Threema advantage, or why encrypting messages isn’t enough

18th Apr, 2016

Since WhatsApp started offering end-to-end encryption of message contents, we are often asked whether there are still advantages of using Threema. There’s a lot to highlight, which is why we have compiled a list of privacy-related features that set Threema and WhatsApp apart.

The sole encryption of message contents is insufficient as long as lots of metadata can still be collected because, as Stewart Baker (former NSA General Counsel) puts it:

“Metadata absolutely tells you everything about somebody’s life. If you have enough metadata, you don’t really need content.”

For this reason, Threema was designed from the ground up to generate as little metadata as technically possible. This is one of the key differences between Threema and other messengers.

Learn more about the advantages of using Threema here.