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Signal vs. Telegram Which Is More Secure

I am a tech enthusiast myself, and I follow online privacy-related news closely.

Signal Vs. Telegram, which messaging service is the best, who respects your privacy, and who provides the best quality ( user interface and features )

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From the moment Elon Musk took to Twitter to show support for Signal after the WhatsApp privacy policy crisis, people have started looking for alternatives for such services, especially the ones that are much more respectful towards privacy, but this also raises a lot of questions.

Which service respects your privacy and how do they handle your data, and how can we say that they are going to remain transparent towards their privacy policies?

And in the battle of the messaging apps, these two hold their place and give tough competition to each other but which one stands out?

Signal

Signal

Signal

So, starting with Elon's favorite. Signal is an end-to-end encrypted app that claims to keep your message private. It is a USA-based non-profit, which means it is not tied to any company so, there is no need for them to focus on profits.

Pros

  • It is an end-to-end encrypted application.
  • Available on multiple platforms.
  • It is open source.
  • It doesn't show any ad on the screen.
  • The data is stored locally in the device itself.
  • It does not store any information of yours so, it means that it is not going to use your metadata or any other information to either show related ads or sell your information to the highest bidder.
  • It only stores the time from when an account joined the platform to the number of times the account came online to the platform.
  • It has a feature where one can blur the faces out of an image. (it is an inbuilt feature, no third-party applications required)
  • It provides self-destructing messages.

Cons

  • It is sometimes unable to show pop-up notifications as it requires Google services, and this app does not use any Google services.
  • It lacks some basic features available on other applications, like sending live location and having a custom wallpaper.
  • It cannot sync across devices.
  • There is not a lot of custom stickers present if that's your thing.
  • It requires permission whenever you access photos gallery through the app or use some other feature like sharing location.

Telegram

It is supported by Pavel Durov and his brother Nikolai. Pavel supports Telegram financially and ideologically, while Nikolai's input is technological. They originally started in St. Petersburg, since then, they have changed a few locations, including London and Singapore since, they were not happy with the IT regulations in those places.

Pavel Durov

Pavel Durov

They are currently in Dubai and have said that if required they are ready to even leave that place in search of a new one.

Though they are a company, unlike its other counterpart, they do intend on trying to monetize the platform so that it becomes much more sustainable and pays off for its infrastructure and the team of developers working day and night, but the company has said that making profits is not their primary motive.

Unlike WhatsApp, the company has not shown any interest in using the banner ads on its app and has said that they are not going to use the data generated by the people on their app.

Pros

  • It is an end-to-end encrypted application.
  • Available on multiple platforms.
  • It is open source.
  • It doesn't show any ad on the screen.
  • It provides self-destructing messages.
  • It can send files of more than 2GB in size.
  • It can sync across multiple devices.
  • It has its custom-made protocol to function.
  • It has a lot of different groups made by the community that you can join.

Cons

  • It uses servers to store data. That means it records all your metadata, such as the location of your device and the duration, till which you were active on the platform.
  • It has a lot of sharable groups "channels" which makes it difficult to track the behavior of the user, which can result in things like piracy and sharing of forbidden content.
  • People can create and deploy bots that are not kept in check, and using them can likely lead to some kind of data breach or privacy infringement.

Conclusion

Both the platforms are no doubt well maintained and have a promising future ahead. Both of them promise no ads, policy changes in the future and, both the apps are open-sourced, but that does not mean that they are both privacy respecting.

The idea of privacy is subjective, for some, it might mean that if the application is open source it is private as the code is always in front of the people to keep an eye on, and for some, privacy might mean that their data is not stored anywhere on anyone's server.

For me, Signal is one of the best solutions as it provides me the best of both worlds, the app's code is open source and, it does not store anything on its server.

That does not mean that Telegram is bad, in terms of privacy, they are not located in places that have faulty IT regulations (which try to take or forces the company to hand over its user's data to the regulating body), the only downside of theirs being that they store chats and other data to their servers.

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