New Delhi: Instant messaging application WhatsApp is changing its privacy policy and users have to ‘agree and accept’ if they plan to continue using the platform post-February 8. Also Read - WhatsApp Treating Indian Users Differently From Europeans A Matter of Concern: Centre to Delhi HC

The in-app notification did not elicit much details but clicking on the links clearly mentioned the key changes in how WhatsApp will collect and process users’ information going forward, and the partnership with Facebook, its parent company, as part of a larger unification drive between the family of apps. Also Read - WhatsApp Fact Check: Beware! This Fake Message Is Getting Viral On Social Media

Earlier last week, over 400 million Indian WhatsApp users received an in-app notification, asking them to either accept the changes in its Terms of Service and privacy policy by February 8 or their accounts will be deleted. Also Read - Signal 'Copies' Several WhatsApp Features Amid New User Surge

Here India.com has listed top five alternatives of Whatsapp that people can use.

Telegram: The cloud-based messaging app offers end-to-end encryption for both messages and voice calls. Users can send up to 1.5GB of files and add up to 2 lakh users in a group.  It is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, Windows NT, macOS and Linux based operating systems.

Signal: It is available on Android and iOS. Unlike WhatsApp, the Signal Private Messenger app is also available on the iPad, and users can also download and install the Signal app on Windows, Linux and Mac, like WhatsApp.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has also advised people to “Use Signal”. After his suggestion, Signal beat WhatsApp to become the top free app on App Store in India, Germany, France, Austria, Finland, Hong Kong, and Switzerland.

Viber: With Viber users will have access to unlimited calls, endless texting and high-quality video chat.

Threema: The messaging app from Switzerland provides end-to-end encryption for all messages. Threema uses the trusted open source NaCl cryptography library for encryption. Security and privacy are deeply ingrained in Threema’s DNA. Since 2012, the company has been vigorously committed to ensure that its users can communicate without having to worry about privacy and security.

Element: Element also gives end-to-end encryption for text, voice, videos Messages. It works with Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, and major browsers.

Its features include:
– Advanced online communication tools
– Fully encrypted messages to allow safer corporate communication, even for remote workers
– Decentralized chat based on the Matrix open source framework
– File sharing securely with encrypted data while managing projects
– Video chats with Voice over IP and screen sharing
– Easy integration with your favourite online collaboration tools, project management tools, VoIP services and other team messaging apps