WhatsApp vs Signal app | Which is the most secure messaging app?

WhatsApp vs Signal app | Which is the most secure messaging app?

Whatsapp vs  Signal app | Which is the most secure and private messaging app? 

Globally, WhatsApp is one of the biggest mobile communication services with approx 2 billion active users. On the other hand, Telegram has 450 million total users and approx 15-20 million active users. If we talk about Signal app, it doesn't have many users but in the terms of security, Signal app is much better than Whatsapp and Telegram. I will tell you how... 


WhatsApp vs Signal app

 

In this article, you will find:- 

1) What is WhatsApp
2) Features of WhatsApp 
3) Security details of WhatsApp 

4) What is Signal app 
5) Features of Signal app 
6) Security details of Signal app 


What is WhatsApp? 


WhatsApp is a free and open platform messaging app, in which you can make audio and video calls and also send messages to your friends, family, and known ones.  
WhatsApp has 2 billion active users with this number WhatsApp becomes the largest messaging app. 

Who created WhatsApp? Who owns Whatsapp now? 

Whatsapp was created by Brian Acton and Jan Koum in 2009. But in 2014 Facebook purchased WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars. 


Features of Whatsapp

  1. In one group you can add up to 256 members.
  2. You can broadcast messages to multiple people at the same time. 
  3. For group video calls you can add up to 8 contacts at any time.
  4. It supports both audio and video calls.
  5. You can share your stories in Whatsapp stories.
  6. You can share images, video, audio with a limit of 16 MB. 
  7. You can share Documents with a limit of 100 MB.
  8. On Whatsapp Backup of your Data is completely free. 

Security Details 

  • Whatsapp provides end-to-end encrypted communication. so, that all your messages, videos, voice calls, images are end to end encrypted. 
  • According to Whatsapp New Policy (8 February 2021), allows Whatsapp and Facebook to share user privacy with businesses and Third-party services.

What is the signal app? 

Signal is an open-source private messaging app, created by Moxie Marlinspike ( CEO of Signal Messenger ), and it is available for Android, Windows, iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Linux. This app is developed by the Signal Foundation and Signal messenger LLC. Signal is a non-profit organization that started in 2014. It runs on a donation, and also Signal code is visible for everyone.

How does Signal app work? 

It uses the cellular network to send messages, which includes voice notes, files, videos, images, and GIF. In this app, you can make group voice and video calls with a limit of  5 members. All communication between signal messenger users automatically ends to end encrypted. For android users, Signal app has a default SMS/ MMS feature.

Signal app has a disappearing messages feature. You can set a disappear message time limit for a message from 5 seconds to one week. 

Signal private messenger app has a privacy option called 'Relay calls' where the Signal server avoids your IP address by reducing your call quality. 

How to use Signal messenger app? 

Signal app is completely free to use. In this app, you can send messages, videos, Gif, and make voice and video calls with your friends, family, and loved ones. 

Signal messenger app provides you group video calling options with a limit of  5 members. 

In this app, you need to invite people to join a group, without accepting invitations no one can join a group like unlike WhatsApp, where you can add anyone whose you wanted in a group.

Also, you can use Signal messenger app on a laptop or iPad, to use this feature you need to link your account to your phone.


Features of Signal Private Messenger app 

1) All communication between Signal messenger user is an end to end encrypted automatically. 

2) In Signal messaging app, you can make audio and video calls to other Signal users who use Android, iPhones, or desktop.

3) Signal app supports group voice and video calling. 

4) Signal app has a smart screen locking feature where you can put your finger touch ID, face ID, screen locks, or passcode depending on your device specification. 

5) Signal app has a blur faces feature which automatically blurs the faces of people to protect their identity. 

6) Signal messaging app has a default SMS/MMS application. 

7) In one group you can add up to 150 members.

8) In this app, you need to invite people to join a group, without accepting invitations no one can join a group like unlike Whatsapp messenger, where you can add anyone whose you wanted in a group.

9) Signal private messenger app has a privacy option called 'Relay calls' where the Signal server avoids your IP address by reducing your call quality. 

10) All conversation between the Signal user is end to end encrypted, no one can access them, even Signal Messenger app too. 

Disadvantages of using Signal Private Messenger app 

you cannot Backup or retrieve your lost data, if you lost to your phone, or if you reinstall the signal app, all previous chats, videos, images all will be gone forever. you can't retrieve that data. because there is no backup option in Signal private messenger app. 


Difference between the Signal app and Whatsapp messenger 


Signal private messenger app    Whatsapp Messenger app

Signal app is a non-profit organization, which started in 2014. It runs on donations, not data.

Whatsapp is owned by Facebook which is known for user data mining which means personal info is not safe

Signal is safer than Whatsapp as even UK politicians made the switch for privacy.

Whatsapp in partnership with Facebook can help advertisers target users based on their data.

Signal isn’t backed by ads or user data, unlike Whatsapp which is it’s business model.

Whatsapp works for money, not for the users.

Signal’s code is visible to everyone.

It’s popular but is no longer up to 2021 standards.




Is the signal app the most secure messaging app?

Signal messengers app encrypt all communication from end to end, making all data accessible only to the sender and receiver. 

Signal app doesn't record any metadata about your messages or contacts, so it is impossible to access anything about your conversation taking place within the app. 

Louis Rosenfeld an American information scientist writes that "there wasn't really anything to obtain. The only Signal user data we have, and the only data the US government obtained, as a result, was the date of account creation and the date of last use – not user messages, groups, contacts, profile information, or anything else."


How to download the signal messenger app? 

Click here to download Signal app for IOS/Android:- https://signal.org/en/download/


FAQ:- 

1) Is Signal app really safe? 

Just like iMessage, Signal app allows end-to-end encryption. Israel intelligence said that Signal is the most secure messaging app. 

2) Is there is any business account feature on a signal app? 

Signal offers direct communication between people, it doesn't have a business account for enterprises like Whatsapp does. 


3) Can I backup my data on Signal app to my drive or cloud? 

No, You can't back up or retrieve your data in a Signal app, Once you lose access to your data you can't retrieve it. 

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