Signal, the other alternative to WhatsApp


In times marked by mistrust around WhatsApp and Facebook, interest in new alternatives has grown, even to consider them as a parallel option to the popular messaging service.

During the last time, Telegram has been profiled among the preferred options, as one more alternative. However, there are more options present on the radar, including Signal.
With all this boom around Telegram and WhatsApp alternatives, some personalities from the digital world have already taken sides.

 Highlights include this tweet from Elon Musk, who was supported (in the form of a retweet) by Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter.

Subsequently, Signal released an update in which he reported his work for the reception of a new wave of users, in the face of the emergence of this effervescence and the possibility of new users coming to the platform en masse.

 Why Signal?

First, it is an open-source application, provided for free by the non-profit Signal Foundation and has been promoted by privacy advocates such as Edward Snowden.

Second, it stands out as Signal's main function that can be used to send text, video, audio, and image messages protected by end-to-end encryption.

 Also, you can use it to make voice and video calls, either bilaterally or with a group. All, protected by strong encryption, which works easily and effectively: Unlike other normal SMS messaging applications, here your messages accumulate before sending them and can only be downloaded by the verified recipient. This prevents any entity with control power, such as law enforcement, mobile operator, or other snooping entities from intercepting and reviewing the content of your messages, something that happens more often than you might think.

When it comes to privacy it's hard to beat Signal's offering. This application does not store the data of its users on its servers, as is the case with WhatsApp and Telegram. And beyond its encryption prowess, which is the main feature bragging about the app, it also offers extended on-screen privacy options, including app-specific locks, blank notification pop-ups, face-out anti-surveillance tools, and self-destructing messages.WhatsApp vs Signal vs Telegram amidst concerns of privacy

 Not everything is perfect here, as occasional bugs have made known that the technology is far a foolproof invention, but in general, Signal's reputation and results continue to profile this app as a friendly alternative to the privacy of its users, which by the way, with everything that has happened over the last few weeks, like Telegram, continues to scale between download posts in app stores.

For years, the main challenge of Signal's privacy experience (like Telegram and other smaller alternative apps) was not in its technology, but in its broader adoption. Sending a protected message with encryption might be exhilarating, but it's not as useful if your recipients aren't using Signal. However, if you don't already use the app, you shouldn't be surprised to find some of your contacts there anymore.

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