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3 ways to send encrypted messages on your Android

3 ways to send encrypted messages on your Android
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You've heard about encryption and know it's a super-secure way to protect your smartphones and tablets from hackers, criminals and prying eyes. But you've mostly heard about it on iPhones, which could make the Android users among us a bit jealous.

Apple's iPhone is better known than Android phones for its encryption. However, encryption is available to everyone, especially if you're using newer devices like iPhone 7 or Samsung's Galaxy S7. You can even send encrypted messages on most other Android devices, too. But, before we get to that, what exactly is encryption?

It's simply a process where your email messages, texts, photos, bank accounts and other information are scrambled so that no one can understand what they're seeing. That's so even if they get past your extra layer of protection, such as a password or biometric access, like fingerprints or eye scans.

So, why would you want to send an encrypted message? Well, think about all the hacking that's been going on, whether it's forged IRS tax returns or government hacks all the way up to the White House.

You may have sensitive information, like employee records, that you want to ensure aren't hacked. Or you may just want to keep your private conversations private.

Whatever your reason for encrypting a message, these four apps and sites will make it a lot easier to do on your Android device.

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