WhatsApp has taken a very unpopular measure, if you decide not to share your usage data with Facebook, your WhatsApp account will be deleted. This new usage policy has created a lot of controversy, which again envelops the blue social network.
Facebook is not characterized by protecting or fighting for the privacy of its users, indeed, it lives off your data. And now he also wants your WhatsApp usage data. And in the middle of all this controversy, there is an alternative app to WhatsApp that is accumulating thousands of downloads.
It is Signal, a messaging application that is taking over the lists of most downloaded apps, both on iOS and Android. This app boasts privacy and security, and is the most downloaded free app in many countries such as the US, the United Kingdom, Germany or France, in Spain it is in second position, just behind Telegram.
Signal, a messaging app focused on privacy
Signal is end-to-end encryption, and its encryption software is Open Source, which inspires more confidence, since it can be reviewed for errors, defects and vulnerabilities.
Signal says count with millions of users and boasts “confidential messages”. «Signal’s advanced technology designed to keep your conversations private is always on so you can focus on sharing important moments with the people you care about.«.
Say hello to privacy.
It is a much more private messaging app than WhatsApp, which also has a feature for making voice and video calls. Even Elon Musk himself has recommended its use.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
Just below you have an image that compares the data collected by WhatsApp and that collected by Signal, and the difference is quite remarkable between both applications. Basically the only thing that Signal collects is your contact details.
Signal is positioned as the safe alternative to WhatsApp, and in many markets it surpasses the downloads of Telegram, which had always held this position. We will see if its popularity grows enough to convince the vast majority.
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