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Signal: (646) 830-2553
Signal is open source and offers end-to-end encryption for text messages, photos, videos and voice calls. Signal records your phone number, the date and time of when you sign up and the last time you used it. You may also set a message to erase itself from both the sender and recipient's phone after a set amount of time.
Email with PGP encryption
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