[clug] TextSecure, GPLv3 encrypted chat for Android

Jeff NotTelling smee.heee at gmail.com
Wed Apr 22 01:08:26 MDT 2015

G'Day Chris,

Thanks  for the heads up. Yes, as I've been away and on mobile data only I
hadn't applied the latest "update" and was still enjoying secure SMS.

It is a pity, as I've been running TextSecure since it was mentioned in a
talk at LCA2012, and loving it.  Unfortunately for my usage pattern, it now
makes no sense to keep it, as I only used the SMS feature (and am on
unlimited SMS so data is more precious than SMS's to me).  I did try the
"new" messaging service a while back, but stopped using it as only about
10% of messages came through, and of that 10% most were delayed by 10-20
minutes.  So again, for my purposes, completely useless.

Have/do you use the non-SMS feature?  Has it got better?  I see from the
Play Store comments that it appears to still be as bad, but am interested
in your (and any other CLUGers) experience with it.

I do feel completely had by the developers though, a pretty fundamental
change to the features, they could have made the removal of this core
feature a bit more obvious.  Oh well, now off to tell all the people I had
converted to using it, to just go back to the default SMS app. Will
continue looking for a secure replacement, and from my skimming messages
here it appears as though there may have been a few candidates mentioned


On 20 April 2015 at 22:45, Chris Smart <clug at christophersmart.com> wrote:

> On 20/04/15 11:26, Jeff NotTelling wrote:
> > Can you confirm where it says that SMS encryption has been removed?  I
> use
> > this, and as far as I can see it still provides encrypted SMS "where
> > possible"  -> as in where the other party uses the TextSecure as well,
> > otherwise it obviously downgrades to clear text.
> >
> > I did follow the links, but couldn't see where they state this has been
> > removed.  I could have easily missed it, so just checking.
> Hey Jeff,
> My links were out of order because I added a link at the top at the last
> minute, sorry about that.
> It was number [3] (that should have been [4]):
> https://whispersystems.org/blog/goodbye-encrypted-sms/
> Some older clients might still have that function, although the latest
> version certainly doesn't. I'm running version 2.11.1.
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