WhatsApp users started looking for alternative platforms after the messaging service indicated that it would start sharing more data with Facebook.
Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 and slowly started merging aspects of the two together – Unified project envisioned by Mark Zuckerberg himself.
WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in the world with over two billion users around the world.
Not everyone is happy with the idea. Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, told his 41.9 million Twitter followers that they should simply “use Signal” instead.
Signal is a fully encrypted alternative messaging service and has been around in various forms since 2010.
In 2018, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton (who left WhatsApp due to disagreements with Facebook) and turned into the foundation of a non-profit organization.
What is Signal?
Signal lets you send texts, make calls, transfer files and documents, and share your location, all with end-to-end encryption. Meaning that no one, not even the sign itself, can record what is being said.
It’s available on both Android and iOS phones as well as desktop and comes recommended by privacy and security activists (Like Edward Snowden) Due to the level of security it provides.
Unlike Facebook Messenger, for example, Signal does not collect any information about its users that could be used to advertise. It also does not allow governments or law enforcement agencies to access your messages.
How does Signal work?
Signal is free to use, but you need to verify your phone number in order to use it. Similar to WhatsApp, users need to enter a code sent to their phone to activate their account.
Once activated, the account requires a 4-digit PIN code to make it more secure.
The app contains a number of unique features revolving around security that show why it is so prevalent among protesters around the world.
It is possible to set individual conversations to delete themselves over time.
If you want to start using Signal Messenger yourself, You can download it from here.
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