Telegram is an instant messaging app that allows you to access messages from all of your devices at once. You can send media and files without limits on type or size, and messages can be set to self-destruct after a period of time in Secret Chats. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store.
Has there ever been a breach or data leak?
Date of last breach
Telegram data was leaked on the Dark Web, primarily from Iran and Russia. The data was taken from millions of users; the information that was taken were users’ phone numbers and Telegram IDs. No other personal data was taken.
Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?
Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?
Does it have parental controls?
Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?
Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?
Does it require you to create a strong password?
Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?
How Can It Snoop?
Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?
Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?
Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?
Does it require an email address to use?
Does it require a phone number to use?
Does it require an address (home or office) to use?
Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?
Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?
Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?
Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?
What Could Go Wrong?
Telegram may share your personal data with third parties in order to improved support services. Telegram also collects your IP address and stores it for 12 months, and only private chats are end-to-end encrypted. Keep this in mind while using this app.
How Does It Share Your Data?
Telegram may share your personal data with affiliated companies and law enforcement if required by law.
- Available on multiple platforms.
- End-to-end encrypted messaging.
- Powerful group tools.
- Encryption protocol is not open source.
- No live voice or video options.
Telegram has its benefits and its cons. Telegram can keep your IP address for up to a year, which is not a comforting thing to hear. Private chats are also end-to-end encrypted, but other options of chats are not. Furthermore, Telegram may share personal data with law enforcement or affiliated companies. Telegram has its positives, but the cons seem to outweigh the pros..