Articles about Signal

Signal is a cross-platform centralized encrypted instant messaging service just like WhatsApp, but with one key difference. While WhatsApp is a subsidiary of Facebook and clearly a for-profit company, Signal is overseen by the Signal Technology Foundation, a non-profit group. Like most modern messaging services, Signal allows users to send messages to individuals and groups. Messages can include text, files, voice notes, images, and videos. Functionality for making voice and video calls to individuals and groups has also been added. The software was initially released in 2014. It is free to download and use while being open-source. Interestingly, Signal Foundation was launched in February 2018 with a $50 million grant from WhatsApp co-founder and Stanford University alumnus Brian Acton. The other co-founder of Signal Foundation was computer security researcher Moxie Marlinspike. Signal is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, and Linux. It is noteworthy that Signal can work on Android without relying on Google Play Services. Meanwhile, to set up Signal on Linux, one would still need an Android or iOS device.

Centre wants to intercept encrypted WhatsApp messages: What's the reason?

22 Sep 2022

Indian Government
Centre wants to intercept encrypted WhatsApp messages: What's the reason?

The days of true data encryption are possibly nearing their end in India. The Indian Government seeks to bring over-the-top (OTT) communication services such as WhatsApp and Signal under the purview of its new draft telecom bill.

WhatsApp's upcoming 'login approval' feature will keep hackers at bay

19 Aug 2022

WhatsApp
WhatsApp's upcoming 'login approval' feature will keep hackers at bay

Earlier this month, we got to know that WhatsApp is working on a new security feature called 'login approval.'

Telegram Premium launched: Subscription price and new features explained

20 Jun 2022

WhatsApp
Telegram Premium launched: Subscription price and new features explained

After announcing its premium service earlier this month, Telegram has finally rolled out the ad-free, paid version called 'Telegram Premium.'

Top features coming to WhatsApp in 2022

10 Jun 2022

WhatsApp
Top features coming to WhatsApp in 2022

WhatsApp, the world's most popular instant messaging app, is constantly evolving to maintain its top spot in the competitive space. The company is always adding new features to enhance the user experience.

WhatsApp might offer an option to save temporary chats

26 May 2022

Android
WhatsApp might offer an option to save temporary chats

WhatsApp, the world's most popular messaging app, is reportedly working on a feature that would allow users to save temporary chats that disappear after a week.

WhatsApp could soon let you create your own stickers

25 Nov 2021

Facebook
WhatsApp could soon let you create your own stickers

Meta's messaging service, WhatsApp, is reportedly working on a feature so users can create their own stickers on the app.

WhatsApp introduces two new privacy-centric features for users in India

23 Nov 2021

Facebook
WhatsApp introduces two new privacy-centric features for users in India

Meta-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp has introduced two new safety features for users in India, called Flash Calls and Message Level Reporting.

Signal isn't in compliance with IT Ministry rules, claim officials
Signal isn't in compliance with IT Ministry rules, claim officials

Signal, the not-for-profit messaging service that shot to fame amid WhatsApp's privacy policy fiasco, is allegedly not in compliance with the Indian Government's new IT guidelines for social media intermediaries.

WhatsApp issues ultimatum: Accept new policy or lose basic functionality

11 May 2021

Facebook
WhatsApp issues ultimatum: Accept new policy or lose basic functionality

On May 15, WhatsApp's hotly-debated privacy policy is scheduled to come into force. The company maintains that "No one will have their accounts deleted or lose functionality of WhatsApp on May 15 because of this update."

NewsBytes Briefing: Signal weaponizes Facebook ads against it, and more

06 May 2021

Facebook
NewsBytes Briefing: Signal weaponizes Facebook ads against it, and more

In a brilliant move of lateral thinking, Signal showcased the real danger of Facebook's invasion of user privacy through, well, Facebook's targeted advertisements.

Signal exposes Facebook on Instagram, Facebook bans its ads

05 May 2021

Instagram
Signal exposes Facebook on Instagram, Facebook bans its ads

In another shocking incident that could tarnish Facebook's brand image, Signal displayed ads on Instagram illustrating how frighteningly intrusive the platform's data collection practices are to the target audience.

Wall Street short-sellers lose $5 billion to Redditors over GameStop

28 Jan 2021

WhatsApp
Wall Street short-sellers lose $5 billion to Redditors over GameStop

Short-selling video game retailer GameStop's stock has cost investors and hedge funds $5 billion in losses (once you apply some fancy financial calculations) in 2021.

WhatsApp isn't mandatory, users can opt out: Delhi High Court

25 Jan 2021

Delhi High Court
WhatsApp isn't mandatory, users can opt out: Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court (HC) remarked that accepting WhatsApp's updated privacy policy isn't mandatory, and users have the choice of using a competing app if they don't like its Terms of Service (ToS).

Signal beta update adds new features targeted at ex-WhatsAppers

24 Jan 2021

WhatsApp
Signal beta update adds new features targeted at ex-WhatsAppers

Signal's latest beta (5.3.1) release contains features designed to give the former WhatsApp users a reassuringly familiar experience.

WhatsApp responds to Indian government's letter regarding privacy policy update

21 Jan 2021

Twitter
WhatsApp responds to Indian government's letter regarding privacy policy update

On Tuesday, the Indian government's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) sent a strongly worded letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart, asking him to withdraw the recent update to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for Indian users.

India demands WhatsApp to withdraw new privacy policy

19 Jan 2021

Facebook
India demands WhatsApp to withdraw new privacy policy

The Indian government has demanded WhatsApp to withdraw its updated privacy policy. It has deemed the messaging service's unilateral changes to be unfair and unacceptable while issuing the ultimatum.

Only 18 percent of surveyed Indians might continue using WhatsApp

19 Jan 2021

Twitter
Only 18 percent of surveyed Indians might continue using WhatsApp

In a recent survey conducted by social media platform LocalCircles, it was found that only 18 out of every 100 Indian users surveyed were willing to accept WhatsApp's updated policies and continue using the platform.

Signal users report encryption errors; Company claims chat security unaffected

18 Jan 2021

Android
Signal users report encryption errors; Company claims chat security unaffected

Signal, the privacy-centric messaging service, spent long hours battling a global outage last weekend. The disruption is reported to have been caused by a high influx of new users.

Soon, Reliance may let you order groceries from WhatsApp

18 Jan 2021

Flipkart
Soon, Reliance may let you order groceries from WhatsApp

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Retail Ltd. is reportedly working toward embedding JioMart into WhatsApp within the next six months. The move will allow 400-million Indian WhatsApp users to address their grocery needs from neighboring outlets through Ambani's hyperlocal e-commerce platform.

WhatsApp highlights key points in a tweet busting recent rumors

12 Jan 2021

Twitter
WhatsApp highlights key points in a tweet busting recent rumors

In light of the recent hullabaloo surrounding WhatsApp's disregard for confidentiality of user data, users have flocked to alternative messaging services such as Signal, which reported a sharp increase in new user sign-ups.

WhatsApp claims Terms of Service change only affects business accounts

10 Jan 2021

Facebook
WhatsApp claims Terms of Service change only affects business accounts

WhatsApp recently pushed a notification directing users to accept the revised Terms of Service by February 8.

Signal's user count surges after Musk recommends it over WhatsApp

08 Jan 2021

Twitter
Signal's user count surges after Musk recommends it over WhatsApp

Signal, the privacy-centric messaging service, took to Twitter to thank new users for their support. It also took the opportunity to apologize for delays in delivery of verification codes preventing registration for many new users.

WhatsApp introduces new disappearing messages feature: How to use it

05 Nov 2020

Facebook
WhatsApp introduces new disappearing messages feature: How to use it

WhatsApp is constantly evolving its platform with new features, enhancing the messaging experience for billions of its active users.

WhatsApp's Delete Message feature will work only on group chats

30 Dec 2019

WhatsApp
WhatsApp's Delete Message feature will work only on group chats

We know WhatsApp is working to introduce a new 'Delete Messages' feature (also referred to as Self-disappearing Messages) that automatically deletes/destructs the sent messages after a pre-determined time period.

#TechBytes: 5 new features you can try on WhatsApp

17 Dec 2019

Android
#TechBytes: 5 new features you can try on WhatsApp

Unlike Telegram and Signal, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been incredibly slow with feature upgrades.

WhatsApp's upcoming Dark Mode for Android gets new battery-saver option

04 Dec 2019

WhatsApp
WhatsApp's upcoming Dark Mode for Android gets new battery-saver option

WhatsApp has long been working on a new Dark Mode. And now, the feature seems to be getting some final changes before the launch.

WhatsApp will bring the 'self destructing' messages, really soon

27 Nov 2019

WhatsApp
WhatsApp will bring the 'self destructing' messages, really soon

By now, everyone knows that WhatsApp is working to introduce disappearing messages and dark mode on its platform, to enhance the messaging experience.

Leaving WhatsApp after hack? Other chat apps aren't secure either

11 Nov 2019

WhatsApp
Leaving WhatsApp after hack? Other chat apps aren't secure either

The recent WhatsApp attack that compromised private chats of as many as 1,400 people, including Indian activists and journalists, has triggered a wave of departures.

WhatsApp's disappearing messages, dark-mode features: Here's how to use them

13 Oct 2019

WhatsApp
WhatsApp's disappearing messages, dark-mode features: Here's how to use them

WhatsApp is constantly evolving its platform with new features and the latest ones to come to the messaging app are disappearing messages and the much-awaited dark mode.

3D-printed gun makers are spreading anonymously on the internet

27 May 2019

3D Printing
3D-printed gun makers are spreading anonymously on the internet

3D-printed guns have raised plenty of alarms, mainly because they can be created by anyone and are capable of firing standard handgun rounds.

US: Indian family missing; authorities fear vehicle crashed into river

04 Apr 2018

Honda
US: Indian family missing; authorities fear vehicle crashed into river

An Indian family of four was reported missing in the US state of California while on a road trip and authorities are fearing for the worst after an SUV matching their vehicle was believed to be swept away by a flood-swollen river, according to a media report.

WhatsApp group chats can be hacked: Researchers

11 Jan 2018

WhatsApp
WhatsApp group chats can be hacked: Researchers

A team of German cryptographers has discovered that anyone who is in control of WhatsApp's servers can infiltrate group chats despite the latter being end-to-end encrypted.