After Elon Musk urged people to use Signal for messaging. Yesterday suddenly WhatsApp put a whole series of its own status to say that WhatsApp is secure and protected. Like we can actually believe it. If you are on the internet you might know about this new app which is trending and even downloaded by millions of people within hours. So What is a signal app anyway? Have a look.
What is signal?
Signal is accessible for iPhone, Android, iPad users. Where there is even a Signal desktop client for all the Mac, Windows, Linux users. It is free and they ask your phone number for joining in.
Signal user experience is similar to Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and further chat apps. This messaging app has great features such as stickers, groups, one-to-one messages, pictures, voice calls, file transfers and video calls. Users can have group chats with 1000 people and could video call up to eight people. By the way, did I say that Signal is not owned by any big tech business. It is launched by a non-profit foundation which is actually funded by donations. Signal’s owners are not thinking of getting money like Facebook. It doesn’t even try to collect data over you or display your ads.
But Signal has a known interface, but it is unique. Conversations over this app are end-to-end encrypted, so your conversation is watched by the people that are in the conversation even the signal owners or team can view them. This is open-source where the source code for the server software and project’s client apps are accessible on GitHub.
Is the signal app really secure?
Every communication over this app which involves group messages, one-to-one messages, photos, voice calls, file transfers, and video calls are fully end-to-end encrypted. So encryption happens within the individual devices utilizing Signal. Where this app made its individual encryption protocol for this.
Which is why it is unique from other traditional messaging apps. Well, all know that Facebook got access for anything you write or say over Facebook Messenger. Facebook admitted that they are not going to use any of our messages for advertising, yet we all don’t know what can happen in the future?
Other messengers provide encrypted messaging as an optional feature. Over Signal is always encrypted, where it provides privacy features, such as self-destructing messages which are removed automatically within a period of time. Facebook Messenger gathers much data regarding you, yet Signal tries not to.
If Signal is subjected to a warrant against you, signal knows nothing about your activity and about yourself l. So it can only reveal the phone number of the user, and account creation time, last connection date. But Facebook can reveal your full name, and anything you speak over Facebook Messenger, geographical locations and more.
How to Step up a Signal account?
Download the official Signal app through Google play store or App store. And give your phone number and contacts access which is optional.
Start conversations if you have people in your contacts that have integrated with a Signal account..
Like to talk with people over Signal than utilizing a unique chat app? Ask your people to download it and set up an account. You can see a notification when your people set up an account on Signal. Download Signal desktop app for Mac, Windows, Linux from the Signal site. This can sync your messages through the Signal app over the phone to the computer.
How is the signal different from WhatsApp and Telegram?
Signal got few features which WhatsApp don’t have. Like the features for handling your phone’s text messages.
Signal is a privacy-focused app, it doesn’t let users for viewing if other users are online or not, it doesn’t access people for sharing their locations.
Coming to Telegram, it doesn’t provide end-to-end encryption. It does not turn it on where users should set up a “secret chat” for utilizing this feature. You can never set up end-to-end-encrypted group chats over Telegram.
Telegram has rich functionality and expects a just minority of their users to choose high privacy. So, privacy-first groups suggest Signal and WhatsApp, then Telegram.
So, that’s all we got. What do you think about it?