We are witnessing how much everyone of us value privacy.It’s evidently seen in recent days.If WhatsApp and Signal are compared, and analysed the question of privacy is at risk in one of it and the other came up guaranteeing privacy, The Slant community recommends Signal for most of the people.
When it comes to ranking regarding the question “What is the best team chat software?” for which Signal is ranked 2nd while WhatsApp is ranked 40th. Why does this happen? What made people switch to signal so suddenly? The important reason why people chose Signal would be:
All the Messages sent through Signal are said to be encrypted, which means that the platform cannot access private messages or media, or store them on their server, thus ensuring the privacy of the user.
It’s also noted that WhatsApp also provides end-to-end encryption for messages, it can only access other private information like IP address, group details and status. In conjunction to that WhatsApp company also does not encrypt messages stored on the cloud. Even other companies of Telegram, which is another rival messaging app, is said to store user’s contact number and all.
Nevertheless, if the devices are offline, Signal will store certain messages on its server until messages are delivered for the person they message is sent to.
Other advantages of Signal are it also allows setting a registration lock PIN, which helps users protect private profile information. In addition to this the same number can also be used to retrieve profile, settings, contacts if a user loses the device or switches to a new one.
Another benefit is that Signal isn’t owned by a big technology firm, unlike WhatsApp.
The app Signal Messenger was founded by Moxie Marlinspike and Brian Acton in the year 2018. Clearly, Acton is also the co-founder of WhatsApp. He left another famous app Facebook, he owned the company three years after the social network bought it for $19 billion.
Signal Foundation’s main objective is to provide its users an encrypted messaging app. The application is basically an open source, and also WhatsApp currently uses Signal’s end-to-end encryption protocol.
Another impetus towards the sudden popularity of signal is that, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted encouraging the users to switch to Signal ,he tweeted “use signal”.And this statement has given the privacy-focussed app an extra lift. Also it's an advanced end to end encryption protocol that provides privacy for every message every time.
What about user privacy? Why does everyone value privacy this much? What’s it's importance?
The user’s phone number is the only data Signal which seems to be stored, which is contrary to WhatsApp.
In conjunction with e privacy guaranteed by encrypting messages, Signal service hides another important piece of metadata –which adds to it's privacy assurance ,of who is messaging whom. Through the ‘sealed sender’ feature, the app most importantly hides the details of the sender and recipient.
Signal also allows the user to relay on the voice calls to its servers, thereby screening the user’s identity from contacts. Plus, Users can also enable incognito keyboard mode and block screenshots within the app. Recently, the app added another fascinating feature to blur faces automatically before sending pictures.
Signal confirms that it can also determine whether contacts in a user’s address book are Signal users without revealing contacts in their address book to the service.
How can this get commenced? Signal is available primarily in both Android and iOS devices. In anticipation of it the Users can access the app on the desktop. One can get started by registering their phone number and easily join the messaging platform and setting up the registration PIN for additional security.
But before that WhatsApp has made it clear that they respect everybody's privacy as it says that this Policy change won’t affect the privacy of your messages with friends and family in any way .
Privacy is given great importance because it is the ability to control who can access information about our private life and our activities.
Most important of all Privacy gives us the power to choose our thoughts and feelings and whom to share it.
Privacy protects our information we do not want to be shared publicly Privacy also helps protect our physical safety only if our real time location data is private.
Privacy protects a person as individuals, and our businesses, against entities we rely on.
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