By comparing your encryption key to a friend’s, you can effectively verify that your conversation is secure and less vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks, the company says.

But despite Telegram’s alleged sophistication, no cryptographic method is infallible.

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When Whats App went down for four hours this weekend, nearly 5 million people signed up for messaging service Telegram.

The app skyrocketed to the top of the App Store charts, and is now the top free app in 46 countries from Germany to Ecuador.

Yet, the Durovs’ VKontakte found a lot of success letting developers build alternate versions of its site.

More importantly, Telegram operates as a non-profit organization, and doesn’t plan to charge for its services.

It’s hard to blame them, since maintaining one federated language and security paradigm across dozens of apps is difficult.

Also, making money off of a platform takes more thought than making money off a simple paid app.Telegram was in fact built as a testing bed for MTProto, Reuters reported when the app launched back in August.The company is so confident in the security of MTProto that it’s offering 0,000 to anyone who can crack it.Built by the pioneering Durov brothers behind Russia’s largest social network, VKontakte (also known as VK), Telegram is a messaging service combining the speed of Whats App with Snapchat’s ephemerality and advanced new security measures.Whats App might have heralded the first time we heard of Telegram, but it certainly won't be the last.Telegram isn’t a Crypto Cat for the masses, considering it uses your phone number, of all things, as an identifier — but it’s an important step towards finding a highly encrypted messaging platform that’s accessible to anyone.