With so many case of government spying, on each other, on companies and yes even you if recent reports of Gemalto are true. To try and help secure yourself as much as possible there are many apps out there that offer extra levels of security and one such app is TextSecure by Open WhisperSystems.
TextSecure offers over the air and on phone end-to-end encryption for your text messages. The app itself uses Google’s material design and is much nicer than most built in messaging apps. This coupled with the fact it offers much more security than your carrier and you can feel that bit safer.
Private. TextSecure uses an advanced end to end encryption protocol that provides privacy for every message every time.
Open Source. TextSecure is Free and Open Source, enabling anyone to verify its security by auditing the code. TextSecure is the only private messenger that uses open source peer-reviewed cryptographic protocols to keep your messages safe.
Group Chat. TextSecure allows you to create encrypted groups so you can have private conversations with all your friends at once. Not only are the messages encrypted, but the TextSecure server never has access to any group metadata such as the membership list, group title, or group icon.
Fast. The TextSecure protocol is designed to operate in the most constrained environment possible. Using TextSecure, messages are instantly delivered to friends.
TextSecure will work cross platform meaning that even if you are texting someone on a platform that doesn’t have TextSecure the message will still reach them. Messages are encrypted locally so even if you lose your device all your messages are secure.