Literally, everyone appears to be using Signal Messenger these days. Everyone using tracking software to monitor messenger apps is also using it to spy on Signal Messenger. It became the number one free software in the iOS App Store and Google Play Store over the last several days, owing largely to three factors beyond its control.
The first was Facebook and Twitter’s decision to block President Trump from their services, which prompted many of his fans to seek alternate venues. Then, Apple and Google withdrew one of those alternatives, Parler, from their respective app stores due to information linking certain users of the right-wing-friendly social media app to the attack on the US Capitol Building. Parler was later deactivated after Amazon terminated its AWS account.
Still the underdog
An overnight success, years in the making
Brian Acton, who also founded WhatsApp, co-founded Signal. Acton quit the latter after it was acquired by Facebook and founded the charity to design an open-source encryption technology that was ultimately adopted by WhatsApp. One significant distinction is that Signal’s privacy safeguards are robust enough that when the firm was obliged to turn over information about a user in response to a grand jury subpoena, the only information available was the date the account was created and the date of the last activity. There was no information regarding the user’s messages or contacts. Even if an encrypted message is intercepted, it appears to be a confusing mess. It can be decrypted only by the intended recipient using the relevant security key. By default, Signal encrypts all communications. You cannot, even if you wanted to, turn it off.
Privacy is in the spotlight
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