People are now switching to the Privacy Focused Instant Messaging application Signal. Now this app has become a top free app in many countries including India.
Download erupted after Elon Musk tweeted
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and the richest man in the world, has advised his followers to use the Signals app by tweeting. Musk’s tweet has caused a stir on social media. This tweet has been liked by more than 2.7 lakh people and retweeted by more than 32 thousand people.
The signal application was launched in 2014
After being bought by Facebook, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Act has formed the Signal Foundation. The Signal application is owned by Signal Foundation and Signal Messenger LAC. It was launched in the year 2014. Currently, the CEO of Signal App is Moxie Marlinspike. The tagline of this application is ‘Say Hello to Privacy’.
What is the difference between Signal and Whatsapp?
The Signal app does not collect user data in any way while Whatsapp has now started collecting user data. The Signal app only takes users’ mobile numbers, while WhatsApp collects all data, phone numbers, contact list, location, messages.
What are the features of Signal app?
- This app is free for all users. The main thing is that the company cannot access your data. Like Whatsapp, the signal also has ‘chat and to end encrypted’, so if you have still selected the NOT NOW option in Whatsapp’s new policy and you are concerned about your privacy, this app is a good option. Privacy Committed This app keeps encrypted details including your voice audio, stickers, attachments, profile photo and location PIN.
- In the Signal app, just like Whatsapp, users can send messages to other users, make audio and video calls, as well as share photos, videos and links. The group video calling feature has also been added recently. However, at present its limit is 150 members.
- If you are a privacy lover then this app is for you. Unlike Whatsapp in the signal, the admin cannot add a member to the group without the permission of the users. For this, other users will have to send an invitation and if other users accept this invitation, they will be added to the group.
- Signal has also launched the Disappearing Message feature with privacy in mind. The user can set the time from 5 seconds to 1 week. The message will be automatically deleted from the chat after this time limit is met.
Chat back up
Chat backups in Signal app like Whatsapp are not possible on third party app which means once you lose your phone you will not be able to backup your chats from iCloud or Google Drive. However the app saves the encrypted chat in the phone itself. Only users will have access to it. The app is so secure that it does not even save your contact details on its server.
The Signal app has an extreme level of privacy feature called ‘Incognito Keyboard’. Leading messaging platform does not have such a feature. This feature prevents the app from following your keyboard typing. The app’s screen security feature will prevent other apps from seeing the signal in the app’s window to see what you’re typing.
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What is Whatsapp’s new policy?
The new policy states that the company may use, reproduce, distribute and display the content you upload, submit, store, send and receive from Whatsapp anywhere to operate our services. This policy is going to be implemented from February 8, 2021. After this date new conditions will be required if the user rejects it his account will be deleted. For that you can visit the help center. Currently, the policy offers the option of agri and not now.