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Threema for iOS Presents New Features and UI Improvements

Voice messages polarize: while some use this feature on a daily basis, others prefer to keep their hands off it. Whichever camp you belong to: the most recent Threema update for iOS has something for everyone, sporting a new look for voice messages and adding the option to star messages.

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Chat Apps, Government Ties, and Transparency

Over the past days, two popular chat services have accused each other of having undisclosed government ties. According to Signal president Meredith Whittaker, Telegram is not only “notoriously insecure” but also “routinely cooperates with governments behind the scenes.” Telegram founder Pavel Durov, on the other hand, claims that “the US government spent $3M to build Signal’s encryption” and Signal’s current leaders are “activists used by the US state department for regime change abroad.”

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Imagine searching for an address, a restaurant recommendation, or anything else you’ve recently received via Threema – but you don’t remember who sent it. That’s where the new global search in Threema for iOS comes in handy: it allows you to search across all individual, group, and archived chats at once.

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Stop the App Store Monopoly

Despite new regulations, Apple is trying to maintain its monopoly on the distribution of iOS apps, claiming it is necessary for security. The real reasons, however, are of economic nature. Not only does Apple’s restrictive model have drawbacks in terms of security, it is inherently hostile to privacy.

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How well do you protect your privacy?

Many aspects of our lives have become digital. The more time we spend in the digital sphere, the more we face decisions that have a direct impact on our privacy. However, it often goes unnoticed in what way these decisions put our privacy at risk.

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Data Privacy Is More Important Than Ever

Every year on January 28, the international Data Privacy Day is held. We take this day (or the week it falls in) as an opportunity to highlight once again the significance of data protection and online privacy – and each year, we must stress that these topics are more important than ever before.

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Push Notifications and Data Privacy

Over the past days, push notifications and the impact they have on data privacy has become a hot topic not only in tech circles but also in mainstream media. The debate was sparked by a letter from US Senator Ron Wyden, asking the Department of Justice to allow push-service providers, in particular Apple and Google, to inform the public about government requests for so-called “push tokens.” The topic has stirred up some confusion, which is why we would like to set a few things straight.

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Automatically Tidy Up Threema Chats

As they say, a tidy house equals a tidy mind. Arguably, the same applies to the digital space, which is why the latest Threema versions for Android and iOS come with a handy little feature to tidy up your chats for you.

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Starred Messages in Threema for Android

This probably sounds familiar: you receive a message that has little relevance at the moment but to which you’ll want to refer at a later point – like a shopping list, travel directions, or event details.

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Video: Secure Business Messaging with Threema Work

Instant messaging not only facilitates communication in private life but also in the business environment. However, even if it’s convenient and efficient to use regular chat apps for communication with work colleagues and team members, confidential company data should only be shared using services that provide sufficient security and privacy compliance. Companies do well, therefore, to ensure that instant messaging at work is on the right track.

Our new promo clip illustrates why a secure messenger is indispensable for companies and what benefits Threema Work offers:

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Pay Threema’s Android App with Cash and Remain Anonymous

Threema being a paid app is a feature, not a bug. As they say, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and in contrast to paying with user data, paying with money is transparent and doesn’t sacrifice privacy.

While paying with money is good, paying with cash is even better. Despite the general trend of abandoning cash in favor of electronic payment methods, Threema’s Android app can now be purchased with paper money. It has always been possible to pay Threema for Android in privacy-friendly fashion using Bitcoin, but cash payments now allow for complete buyer anonymity without cryptocurrency.

How It Works

  1. In the Threema Shop, you select “Pay anonymously with cash,” order the desired amount of licenses, and receive both an order number and a “license URL.”
  2. You send us the due amount in cash and indicate your order number.
  3. After receipt of the payment, we activate your licenses, which you can then obtain via the license URL.

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Individual Chat Wallpapers in Threema for iOS

Each chat tells its own story. To also highlight the variety of your conversations on a visual level, Threema for iOS now allows you to set individual wallpapers for each contact or group chat.

Not only does this give the app a very personal touch, it also makes immediately apparent which chat is open, minimizing the risk of accidentally sending a message to the wrong person or group.

To change the wallpaper of a chat, simply open the respective contact or group details, tap on “Wallpaper,” and select an image of your choice.

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