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SWITCHING TO SIGNAL FROM WHATSAPP?: HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

SWITCHING TO SIGNAL FROM WHATSAPP?: HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Dump WhatsApp, change to Signal. That is the course a few people are taking in 2021 after WhatsApp refreshed its privacy policy which expounds more on the information imparting to Facebook. Indeed, the mass migration raised some ruckus as Signal’s workers couldn’t deal with the convergence, and confirmation codes were deferred, however, that issue seems to have been settled. Add to that, Tesla CEO Elon Musk likewise gave a call to ‘Utilize Signal’ to his large number of Twitter devotees. At present, the application is beating outlines.

However, what is Signal? Well, it is an informing application with an attention on security and has been around since 2014. Other famous endorsers of the application incorporate Edward Snowden and previous WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton.

Signal’s tagline is ‘Say Hello to Privacy’ and like WhatsApp, the service is end-to-end encrypted. Truth be told, WhatsApp utilizes the Signal convention for its end-to-end encryption. In any case, not at all like WhatsApp, Signal isn’t owned by Facebook.

Signal is a messaging app, available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Mac and Linux. The app is completely free to use. Signal lets users send messages, make audio and video calls with their friends, share photos, videos, and links, similar to how other messaging apps work. In fact, it recently introduced the group video calling option in December 2020. One can also create groups on Signal, which are limited to 150 members. However, unlike WhatsApp you can’t backup your chats on Signal. So if you lose access to your old device and Signal on new device all previous chats will be un-accessible or gone.

According to Signal’s privacy policy, it is “designed to never collect or store any sensitive information.” All messages and calls on the app are end-to-end encrypted, meaning no third-party, nor Signal can access them. It only collects the contact info. The app also stores some additional technical information on its servers, which includes “randomly generated authentication tokens, keys, push tokens, and other material that is necessary to establish calls and transmit messages.”

The app makes it clear that it does not “sell, rent, or monetize your personal data or content in any way – ever.”

SOURCE: INDIAN EXPRESS

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