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Group Calls Are Now Available on the Desktop

Mobile instant messengers became popular as a replacement for SMS messages. Today, they are one of the most widely used Internet services and are no longer limited to written communication – voice messages and video calls are now just as much a part of chat apps as text messages.

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Data Security of Threema for Desktop

As highlighted by recent news stories and social media posts, the desktop apps of some messaging services are affected by a long-standing security issue. We’ve been asked whether Threema’s desktop client also suffers from this or any similar flaw. The short answer: No. Threema users don’t need to take any precautions and can continue to use the desktop app. The longer, more explanatory answer:

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Chat Control Must Be Stopped – Now!

With its legislative proposal known as “Chat Control,” the EU Commission is trying to establish an unprecedented mass-surveillance apparatus of Orwellian proportions in the European Union. If EU citizens don’t stand up for privacy now, it may be too late.

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Online Privacy: An Endangered Species

Last week, cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier published an interesting blog post in which he (together with co-author Barath Raghavan) argues that online privacy is continuing to decline for the same reason overfishing occurred in the last century – due to the “Shifting Baseline Syndrome.” The presented analogy is a very powerful one, but we still feel that it falls flat in some regards, and in reality, online privacy might even be worse off than suggested.

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Threema Is Now Available in Swiss German

For the longest time, Swiss German was exclusively a spoken language – everything written had to be in standard German. This has changed with the emergence of chat apps like Threema: with its informal character, instant messaging helped dialects find their way into written communication.

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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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