SAN FRANCISCO – If your choice of encrypted messaging app is a toss-up between WhatsApp, do not waste your time with anything but Signal. This isn’t about which has cuter features, more bells and whistles, or is most convenient to use — this is about pure privacy. If that’s what you’re after, nothing beats Signal., Telegram and
By now you probably already know what happened. On Jan. 7, in a tweet heard ’round the world, tech mogul Facebook by advocating people drop its WhatsApp messenger and use Signal. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey retweeted his call. Around the same time, went dark following the , while political boycotters fled Facebook and Twitter. It was the perfect storm — the number of new users on Signal and Telegram has since.with
The jolt also reignited security and privacy scrutiny over messaging apps more widely. Among the three currently dominating download numbers, there are some commonalities. All three are mobile apps available in Play Store and App Store and which support cross-platform messaging, have group chat features, offer , and can be used to share files and photos. They all provide encryption for texting, voice and video calls.
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