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We also understand that in some cases you may want to remain completely anonymous. Some of the options also allow you to do that.
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- Signal: Like WhatsApp, Signal is free and has end-to-end encryption, allowing you to securely call us or send us text messages, images, videos, documents, and voice messages. But again, your identity may not be hidden from Consumer Reports. No metadata is retained by Signal, and the app can be configured to delete messages automatically at a designated time interval. Signal works internationally.
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- Virtru: This plugin for Google Chrome allows you to send encrypted emails. Download Virtru, then switch the email to “encrypted” mode. Note that you don’t have to share your name this way, though your email address will appear in our inbox.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Read more about encrypted email.)
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