Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Telegram - Instant Messaging Chat on Ubuntu 16.04

Telegram is an instant messaging system focusing on privacy and multi-platform availability. 
The messages which are sent using telegram are highly encrypted and self-destructive. 
Telegram clients exist for both mobile (Android, iOS, Windows Phone) and desktop systems (Windows, OS X, Linux).
Users can exchange messages encrypted end-to-end, self-destructing messages, along with photos, videos and files of any type up to 1.5GB in size.

Telegram claims it is more secure than some other messengers such as WhatsApp . Conversations are encrypted with AES-256 using the MTProto protocol developed by Telegram. Only two devices may use the secret chat simultaneously.
(An active phone number is required in order for Telgegram to work on your PC)
On Ubuntu 16.04 Telegram can be installed via ppa . To begin open a terminal (ctrl+alt+t) and type in the following commands :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/telegram
sudo apt update 

sudo apt install telegram

After the installation is complete Telegram can be launched from Unity Dash .
It is recommended to enable the two step verification (located in the settings option) when configuring Telegram on your smartphone .