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Telegram icon Simple and easy to use, yet powerful messaging app that makes it simple to chat with your friends and family in a secure and private environment

We live in a world where more and more people are starting to wonder if the word “privacy” still has meaning and to ask questions about what exactly happens to their personal data once it gets stored on social networking services’ servers.

Telegram is an instant messaging service and application designed to address these exact issues, and, on the Mac platform, it is available as a straightforward messaging application that puts a big accent on two main concepts: speed and privacy.

Unsophisticated looking yet powerful messaging application

The fact that Telegram was built with performance and simplicity in mind is evident once you start the application. Telegram’s main window is divided into two areas: on the left part of the screen you can find a menu panel that provides access to Telegram’s main features (Contacts, Chats, Settings), while on the right side of the screen every active or selected feature will be displayed.

Telegram enables you to create group chats and talk with up to 200 people, share video files up to 1GB, share documents and images in a wide array of formats, and create your own tools using Telegram’s API.

Furthermore, Telegram offers you unlimited cloud storage for all your messages and media files within the app, so you will always have access to your conversation history.

Efficiency, speed, and security, three words that form Telegram’s core philosophy

It must be said that Telegram doesn’t really revolutionize the whole concept of messaging apps. However, what it lacks in ground-breaking features, it well makes up for in speed and with a strong belief in protecting its users' data.

The developers are so confident in the security of their MTProto protocol instant messaging implementation that they offered a $300,000 prize to anyone who can crack it. For added protection, all exchanged messages while using Telegram are encrypted.

Another worth mentioning feature is the fact that Telegram's usage of the MTProto protocol, merged with the fact that its data centers and servers positioned all around the globe and connected to high speed internet nodes, make it one of the fastest messaging solutions out there, if not the fastest.

Telegram successfully proves that the proverbial saying “Too good to be true” isn’t always correct

In addition, Telegram is a cross-platform app that can be used on all popular desktop and mobile device platforms such as macOS, Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone.

Taking everything into consideration, Telegram checks all the right boxes, it is easy enough to use, very fast, offers excellent protection for your data, cloud storage for all your messages and media, all these while also being completely free of charge.

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Telegram was reviewed by Sergiu Gatlan on Mar 17th, 2017

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