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WhatsApp's New Privacy Policy - Do You Need To Switch To Signal?

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As you know, Whatsapp is currently the biggest messaging service in the world with over 1 billion users. They provide nearly everything you will need in a messaging app - texting, voice calling, video calling, status updates, recently they have also added a payment service in some countries. But that doesn't mean it's all roses and rainbows.

Due to their recent change in the privacy policy, people in countries other than the European Union are asked to share their data with their parent company - Facebook. This is not a choice, you need to agree to this or just leave Whatsapp one and for all.

Their comforting words are “ We are not going to share your messages . We will never do that “. But that basically means they are going to share everything else like your Mobile Number and all the metadata like when you are sending the messages, to whom you are sending the messages, till what time you are interacting with others, those types of things.

They are just planning to share all these things with the people who are going to give money for it.

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And let’s get it straight - Whatsapp can’t read your messages as they are end to end encrypted, but they know when and to whom you are texting and at what time you are interacting more (your metadata). This might be bad for many people. And that is exactly why in the past few days they have started losing their customers. So where are they switching to? Presently they have 2 top options - one is Telegram and the other is Signal. Everyone knows about Telegram so no need to talk about that, let’s discuss more Signal.

What is Signal?

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Signal is open-source messaging software that offers a safe and secure platform for messaging, video calls, voice calls, etc… All of your information is encrypted and they don't store any data. The only thing that the company knows is your mobile number, nothing else.

It uses the Internet to send one-to-one and group messages, which can include files, voice notes, images, and videos. Your messages are not even stored in a cloud, they are stored in your device itself.

The only way to retrieve your past messages is by using your device only. If you lose it, then gone, vanished.

Do You Need To Make The Switch?

They both are free and they both have nearly the same features. So if privacy is your main concern, Signal would be a far better choice than Whatsapp in this case.

Even Elon Musk endorsed the app leading to its increasing popularity - “Use Signal”.

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In the past few days, WhatsApp was trying to clear the myths in the new privacy policy. But it seems like they are not really specific about anything. But anyway it’s true that they can access your mobile data, so it’s better to be safe by using a completely encrypted app which you can be sure that won't be selling your data to other companies.

And as I have said before, you also have the choice of Telegram. Even Though it is not open-sourced, their service is end-to-end encrypted too just like Signal. You don't have to worry about your privacy in Telegram.

As the co-founders of both the companies say:

Signal won't replace WhatsApp, the cofounder of both encrypted messaging apps says. Instead, people will use the 2 services for different conversations.

Personally, I think this is never going to happen. Either they are going to switch to another problem or just stay in WhatsApp, there’s no way people are going to use 2 different apps for the same purpose.

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