5 Essential Tools for Missionaries in Closed Countries

It’s critically important to be intentional about data security, transparency, and integrity when communicating because data isn’t about the data. It’s about what they do with it — the what, why, and how?

For Android users, keeping your phone safe from malware is a difficult task. Android’s open-source operating system allows for more affordable alternatives for millions of people, but it also opens the door for hackers to sneak in prepackaged malware.

Because Apple has full control over its iPhone, preinstalled malware isn’t much of a concern for iOS, or the App Store.

Most security researchers express a general rule of thumb: The fewer permissions an app requests, the better. For the faithful, a similar note of guidance might be found in Proverbs 11:9: “With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.”

Here are a few of our favorite apps that boast end-to-end encryption which keeps your data safe from hackers, keeps it private, protects free speech and shields persecuted activists, dissidents, and journalists from intimidation.


Signal is a simple, secure, and free instant messenger that supports video calls and WiFi calls. They can’t read your messages or listen to your calls, and no one else can either. Privacy isn’t an optional mode — it’s just the way that Signal works. Every message, every call, every time.


ProtonMail is an inbox that ensure email privacy. They are committed to developing and widely distributing the tools necessary to protect your data online. Their team combines deep mathematical and technical knowledge from the world’s top research institutions with expertise in building easy to use user interfaces.


Stackfield is your secure Slack alternative. This is the service Odyssey uses to keep track of tasks across the developers, product managers, and marketing teams. You can share messages, files, videoconferences, and screen-sharing with utmost security.


1Password is a super easy way to generate impenetrable passwords for all of your online accounts. How many of you reuse passwords? I know I used to, but 1Password makes it easy to secure all of your accounts with different random passwords. Forget your passwords and let 1Password remember them for you.


Odyssey is a powerful, offline-first, encrypted, private journal. We built it from the ground up to help you record and reflect on the journey that God has placed you on. The apps dashboard surfaces the significant moments of every week of every season, making it easy to reflect back on your life. You can create storylines which compile specific notes together, you can share notes with loved ones, and they can comment on shared notes. All of it is end-to-end encrypted and there are no ads.