This is Signal, the messaging app that everyone talks about

The earthquake triggered by Donald Trump has brought more than political consequences. The emigration of Twitter users to Parler was a fact, and the same is happening after the draconian conditions, now postponed to May, of WhatsApp. Signal, a veteran messaging app, is one of the beneficiaries. So much so that it is growing at an unusual rate.

Signal, or the flag of extreme privacy

If WhatsApp is the most popular, and Telegram the most versatile, Signal is the one that offers the most security by far. This app already been in app stores for a few years, although its success has not been, until now, nothing of the other world.

The owner of Tesla, the billionaire Elon Musk, had to come so that with a simple tweet he could interest in Signal has grown. And in what way, 18 million new users in 1 week.

What does Signal offer?

Well, something that most applications are not taking care of, privacy. If you compare the screenshot below with other similar ones that you can take with WhatsApp, the difference is remarkable. Signal does not collect personal information, and if you do, it doesn’t link it to your identity.


The Signal app is considered the most private app that you can have access to. Your encryption is open source, which is considered a good measure among cybersecurity experts. That means the code can be examined for defects and verified by researchers. You can download Signal here, either for Android, iOS or your computer, either Windows, Mac, O Linux.

It has privacy-oriented features such as expired messages. The app has added a number of easy to use features from the last year so far This includes group video chat for up to eight participants. Group chats do not reach 200,000 members as in Telegram, reach up to 1,000 participants, something that far exceeds any need.

Self-destruction in 3, 2, 1 …

Yes, this application has the possibility of having your messages destroyed after the time that you decide, something that Telegram also has. And not, you can’t take screenshots of the app. Without a doubt, something that many people who want to preserve privacy can take advantage of.

One of the many advantages of Signal over WhatsApp is that, like Telegram, it is not necessary to have the phone switched on to be able to enjoy it on the computer. The desktop version of Signal is as complete as the app, something that does not happen with WhatsApp, as it has some features not available. Likewise, we can use it on more than 1 device, something that WhatsApp will not implement until 2021.

To further strengthen security, Signal can be locked by a PIN, and even prevents messages from being previewed. Internally, WhatsApp uses a lot of data, invisible to the user, and which are called metadata or tags. Issues such as location, phone numbers, IP addresses of the networks to which it connects … Too many.

However, Signal only archives the last day the user logged in and the phone number that is associated with the account. Otherwise, Signal is trusted by users, which they have seen in it, has been doing it since 2013, which is an extremely safe app.

One day flower?

The spectacular growth of Signal is a reality, but when push comes to shove, is it used? Any user who has been using WhatsApp for years will hardly leave it to use Signal as a substitute. In any case, it will serve as a complement. But WhatsApp is wildly popular, more than a quarter of the planet’s inhabitants use it. And If you use WhatsApp and install Signal, you will see that you only have, at most, 2 or 3 contacts available.

Threat to WhatsApp? Everything seems to indicate that no, although it is true that the fed up on the figure of Zuckerberg it is more and more evident and the dough holds less and less. Time will tell.

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