Since there's a few threads discussing alternative chat protocols, I figured we should attempt to centralize it in order to have a decent discuss the strengths and weaknesses in our preferred clients/servers.
As far as I know this is a fairly complete list of the currently most common chat protocols and applications used by privacy conscious users. If something was forgotten feel free to add.
The long standing champion of ez internet based chats. Not very secure by default.
Currently the most well known/tested privacy conscious chat protocol. Used by many different users around the world for secure communications
Phone based e2e encrypted messaging client and protocol. Trusted by many, has created the new and interesting encryption method known as double-ratchet.
Similar to signal but owned by a Russian, one of the largest private messaging platforms in russia
A fairly new decentralized chat protocol that supports e2e encryption. The main matrix.org server has a CoC as well as pretty poor privacy protections from the server admins. Hosting your own matrix server appears to be safe and is indeed end to end encrypted. More testing needs to be done as the devs don't seem as paranoid about privacy as they should.
A P2P and E2E encrypted chat network based on a DHT, pretty decent but comes with the usual problems of P2P software. Supports groups, voice, and video although the video still sucks.
>inb4 great we have another thread about chat services.
Fuck you I hope there's more threads about it, it's good to have discusPost too long. Click here to view the full text.