People are becoming aware of Telegram’s growing list of security issues, want to delete Telegram, and upgrade to a more secure chat app. You’ll learn how to delete Telegram with self-destruct settings, how to delete Telegram manually, a tip on exporting data before deleting Telegram, and then look at a much more secure chat app.
Delete your Telegram account after these security issues
Most people download Telegram because they believe that it is a secure chat app. The problem is that many are finding that it isn’t. A number of issues have exposed this fact:
- Settings are weak: The default settings of the app don’t encrypt your chats. Many fail to switch over to “Secret Chat”, get much less security, and put those they chat with at risk.
- Server storage: Conversations outside of the Secret Chat are stored on their servers, which is another attack vector. They claim that cloud storage is a feature—we think it’s a vulnerability.
- Server storage part 2: Secret Chats are stored on their servers too, but these are at least encrypted. Why store conversations on servers at all though? SKY ECC is exceptionally secure because chats are only stored on the user’s device so that they can control their own data, rather than be at the mercy of a server which could be hacked.
- Media-file-jacking: Like WhatsApp, Telegram is vulnerable to media-file-jacking where malware could change an image you send or receive without you even knowing.
- Hackers: A Unicode bug allowed hackers to exploit a vulnerability which lead to the installation of cryptocurrency miners and malware.
- Protocol: Their MTProto encryption, which they created themselves, is called into question as there as so many secure cryptographic protocols already out there. Why create your own algorithm which hasn’t been verified? Even we sent two of our phones to BlackBerry for testing to make sure our already verified protocol was verified!
If any of these issues bother you, and they should, keep reading to learn how to delete your Telegram account the right way. Just deleting the app from all your devices won’t do it—all those chats and files will still be on Telegram’s server remember. Here’s how to kiss Telegram goodbye for good:
Delete Telegram account with self-destruct settings
You can use a security feature of Telegram to delete your account, which is by setting it to delete itself after a certain period of inactivity. The fastest is one month of inactivity. Here’s how to do it:
- Go into your Telegram account and click on “Settings” using the gear icon in the lower right corner.
- Click on “Privacy and Security” next to the silver lock icon.
- Scroll down to “Automatically Delete My Account” and adjust the “If Away For” from six months to one.
- Exit the Settings tab.
The key here is that you have to remain inactive for one month. You have to resist opening and replying to any messages sent to you. If you have that willpower, absolutely everything about your account, including messages and contacts, will be deleted in one month from your last activity automatically.
Delete Telegram manually right now
Don’t have the willpower or just want it over with now? I understand, so let’s get on with getting Telegram deleted in the next five minutes:
- Log into the Telegram deactivation support page on a web browser, there is no option in the app: https://my.telegram.org/auth?to=deactivate
- Enter your phone number using the international format and click next.
- A chat message will be sent to you through Telegram with an activation code.
- Enter that code in the deactivation window in your browser.
- You can add a reason for leaving if you wish. Tell them SKY ECC says “Bye-bye” for us.
- Click on the “Delete Account” button.
- A pop-up will appear, click on “Yes, delete my account.” Don’t fall for the “Nope, I’ll give it another try” line…
- Delete the app from your phone.
Now your account, and everything associated with it which you may no longer want, will be gone right away. No waiting one month fiddling about while people keep on messaging you, it’s just deleted immediately. I highly recommend doing this now over the self-destruct option as it will also protect your data from sitting “out in the breeze” for a month.
Exporting data before deleting Telegram
There may be some things you don’t want to delete. While a truly secure messenger will have very strict data exportation features (like not being able to export data), Telegram isn’t that secure and let’s you export anything you want. Here’s how to back your data up before you delete Telegram:
- Open the Telegram desktop app: https://web.telegram.org/#/login
- Click on Settings
- Choose “Export Telegram Data”
- Click on “Export Chat History”
- Select the type of data to export
You will now be able to view your Telegram data offline. If some of those conversations were confidential or contained sensitive data, which they could have if you were using a secure messenger, be sure to store them somewhere secure.
Delete Telegram and choose something more secure
You can spend time comparing Signal to WhatsApp, but you’re really just comparing Macintosh Apples to Fuji Apples. They’re both basically the same, and they’re pretty similar to the Granny Smith apple that is Telegram. You’re tired of “apples” and want something more secure, right? That’s why you’re on this page.
The next step is a chat app which looks at secure chatting as part of a security ecosystem. It should cover the secure protection of:
- Messages sent from and to the phone.
- Contacts stored on the phone.
- Storage of all conversations on the phone, not on a server.
- Documents received on the phone.
- Photos taken on the phone itself and sent to you by other users.
- Notes you make for later review.
These are all features we built into SKY ECC, which is our secure chat app which we install exclusively onto the most secure phones available on the market.
How we secure SKY ECC
We make SKY ECC secure by using:
- 521-bit elliptic curve cryptography, which is magnitudes more secure than our competitors.
- AES 256 bit encryption on all metadata, something which many chat apps don’t even bother protecting at all.
- Separate containers for the chat app itself, protecting it from any and all intrusion attempts.
- Every security feature of the operating systems used, including kernel rollback protection so that hackers can’t downgrade to previous versions of your OS which are vulnerable.
- The help of independent testers who could point out any issues. We sent two of our phones to BlackBerry who painstakingly tested our app…and found no issues.
Our entire approach is centered on the zero-trust philosophy. It’s not that we distrust phone manufacturers, app makers, OS developers, or anyone else. It’s that we choose to play the ultimate game of “What If?” with digital security and treat everything like it is already compromised so that our app can’t be compromised and you remain protected.
You just deleted Telegram. Now make sure to use a more secure option with SKY ECC so that you data, chats, photos, notes, and documents are protected by the most secure chat app on the market. Contact support using the button below to learn more.