Signal App: What Is It and Why Is It Trending So Much?

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Most of us have come across the WhatsApp privacy policy update and are baffle with the same. Well, for those who don’t know, WhatsApp has update its privacy policy which has led to a buzz on social media. As per the latest privacy policy updates, it has been said that WhatsApp can now share data with Facebook. Due to this, many people are switching to the Signal application. Today, in this article, we are going to discuss this signal app and how to download the signal app.

The signal is a messaging application that has more focus on privacy. Though the application came into existence in the year 2014, the popularity surely has come in 2021! Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla also generate a tweet to its Twitter followers asking them to Use Signal. As during a short span, many people switch to Signal, it was found that the servers could not hold the spike of users and there was a delay in verification of the users. Later on, this problem was solve immediately. 

The tagline of this Signal app is that “Say Hello to Privacy”. Reading from the tagline, one can understand that the primary focus of this application is to maintain the privacy of the users and not collect their personal data. The chats are encrypt end-to-end just as WhatsApp but like WhatsApp is own by Facebook, Signal is not own by anyone. In fact, WhatsApp uses the same Signal protocol for its end-to-end encryption. 

Who Created This App?

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Well, the Signal app was develop by the Signal Foundation which is a non-profit organization. American cryptographer Moxie Marlinspike develop this application, which interestingly, is the CEO of Signal Messenger at present time.

Moreover, the application is widely available over platforms such as Android, Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and interestingly, even Linux. Ex- Co-founder of WhatsApp, Brian Acton alongside Moxie develop the Signal Foundation. Around 50 million dollars were put in Signal in 2017 by Brian Acton. 

Is It Free-To-Use? What Are Its Different Features?

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Yes, this app is free of cost and there is no payment Signal asks the user to give. Moreover, the app permits the user to send messages, make conversation over voice as well as video calls. Apart from these, it also lets the user send images and videos, just as different messaging applications. Even Group video calls are permit by the application. The feature was release in December 2020 and a group of a maximum of 150 members can be create for the same. 

In Signal, not everyone can be add directly to the group. When you add a person to a group, they are send an invite and if they accept that invitation, they are add to that group. If they decline that invitation notification, then they won’t be add to the group. Moreover, in WhatsApp, it may be possible that you are add directly to the group unless you have alter the settings. 

Other features such as sending reactions as per emoji, replying to a particular message and deleting a message, and also the Delete for Everyone option. All these options are widely seen in other messaging applications such as WhatsApp. 

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What Is the Backup Feature of Signal?

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Unlike WhatsApp, Signal does not offer backup services over Cloud. If you lose your old contact, then you will lose all your data. In WhatsApp, you could back up your files to your drive. The data in Signal is locally store on your device and hence, can only be back from one phone to another.

This was all about Signal App. The application has a wonderful User Interface and is looking to become a prominent application for the upcoming years and people will surely start using it seeing the privacy scenario. We hope that the article has serve its purpose and will help you in getting the knowledge regarding this application!  

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