Telegram Android AppSource: Windows Central

Facebook's Zuckerberg is taking direct control of WhatsApp, eroding the encrypted messenger's privacy structure. From February, Facebook will be able to analyze and profile your chat data for serving ads, and who knows what else, as you move across the web.

Telegram features end-to-end encrypted chats, and its cloud-based messages are stored in data centers all over the world, with multiple encryption keys, requiring the coordination of multiple legal jurisdictions to unlock. This setup makes it one of the most secure messaging platforms out there and a great free alternative to WhatsApp for those who want to decentralize their digital footprint.

Secure messages can always be more secure, though, which is why you should set up Two-Step Verification on Telegram, particularly if you plan to use it on multiple platforms.

Set up two-step verification on Telegram

  1. Open Telegram.
  2. Open the menu by swiping left or tapping the hamburger menu icon.
  3. Go to settings.
  4. Select Privacy and Security.

    Telegram 2fa SetupTelegram 2fa SetupSource: Windows Central

  5. Here, select Two-Step Verification.

  6. Set an additional password.
  7. Enter a password hint and a recovery email. You should also ensure your email has two-step verification set up on it as well.
  8. Enter the code provided by Telegram in your email to finish the setup.