We integrate with the free and secure Telegram service to give you access to the HYFM platform directly through your smart phone.
Telegram is a free and not-for-profit service that provides secure communications via your smart phone or computers. Think of it as like texting or chatting. You can chat with all your contacts but also Telegram is an excellent Bot (aka, robot) interface so that software developers can integrate their programs with the service. That's what we've done with HYFM.
Telegram also has an amazing software integration platform via "bots". Think of a bot as a robot you can chat with to integrate into HYFM. When using the HYFM Bot you can click a button to send your location, photo, or a general update and the bot will automatically post your data to HYFM for you.
It knows who you are because you will use a special and unique link to sync your Telegram account to your HYFM account.
This allows us to build first class smart phone integration without an application of our own, on your phone, to support.
We firmly believe in Telegram and their mission to provide private communication channels for all the world. They're also extremely open with their protocols and software source code. It's no wonder that huge companies like Facebook (and it's service WhatsApp) are scrambling to copy them at every turn.
We believe so. But don't just take our word for it. The security community has spoken and many audits have proven that Telegram is a trusted method of communication. We won't go to deep into the weeds here because it's very technical but if you're interested, here are some links where you can read more about it.
Meta, formerly known as Facebook, may have changed it's name to try and erase it's shady past but the internet never forgets. Meta (Facebook) has a very long history of abusing user privacy. And if you didn't know, Meta (Facebook) owns Whatsapp. Since Meta (FB) purchased Whatsapp they have had several incidents of security breaches and privacy violations.
Signal is definitely a favorite among the tech community. If choosing between Whatsapp or Signal, PLEASE choose Signal! However, there are a few reasons we choose not to use Signal for our integration.