Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur, has endorsed Signal as his new message app after WhatsApp updated its privacy policies. The App assures that from now on, the user's personal data will be sent through WhatsApp to Facebook, including the phone number.
The data includes your smartphone or laptop's battery level, the signal strength of that device, the app version, browser, mobile network information, connection information like your service provider or your ISP, language, time zone, IP address, and the device ID.
The apparent reason for all of these updates is to offer better integration across the Facebook company's products, including Instagram and Messenger.
The app offers end-to-end encryption powered by the open-source signal protocol that keeps your conversation secure. Signal can't read your messages or listen to your calls. Signal has no ads, no trackers, and no affiliate marketers. Just like WhatsApp its offers to enable or disable read receipts. Here are some of the advantages of the messaging app recommended by the richest man in the world.
Hide call history
We can allow or disallow the signal server not to reveal our IP address. With Signal, you can hide your call history by simply toggling this feature.
Usually, whenever we open the app switcher, it displays the last screen we left while using the app, but turning on this feature will hide the app's screen.
Disable message request
One more feature is disabling a message request from an unknown person. This feature will make sure not to disturb you with unwanted messages.
When enabled, messages sent and received in the chat will disappear after the text is seen, WhatsApp is also offering this feature, but it has recently been added. However, Signal has had this feature for a very long time.
What's the main difference between Signal and WhatsApp?
Signal offers end to end encrypted conversations and assures the privacy of voice and video calls, group chats, group calls, location, voice messages, files, and disappearing messages.
What will you miss if you switch to the Signal app?
Not all your contacts are using the Signal app, so you will find some difficulties getting into the comfort zone. The Signal app does not have the option to starred messages to find them easily like WhatsApp. The sticker option is also limited in Signal.
Signal is an independent non-profit app, and they are not tied to any significant tech companies, which means they can never be acquired by one either. However, many people still prefer WhatsApp, mainly because most of their contacts are there.
Nikhil Makwana, Creative Head at iGeeksBlog, assures "this is the best time to switch and secure our personal information."