The developer behind the messaging app Signal has announced that it will offer use more simple and practical ways to check the privacy of their conversations. Previously, users had to compare a set of numbers or scan a QR code.
If you’re not familiar with Signal, that’s maybe because the messaging app market is extremely overcrowded and when it comes to these sort of app, the more popular they are the better since you can’t contact people who are not using them. However, unlike all standard app, Signal provides a service for a certain niche of users, those who prefer a higher degree of privacy than other apps.
Although not as popular as other major apps, it has loyal user base thanks to Open Whisper Systems, the developer’s commitment to never access or store your personal information or data, besides encrypting your chats. As such, the user can enjoy complete privacy on the app.
Signal does have some features which enable those eager to learn the degree to which their conversation is private. However, the current safety numbers provided by the app aren’t always easy to use and understand by most, and this has led to some people putting themselves at risk when they switch devices.
The first change will be to streamline the QR code approach. Using this method will only require a single scan for the chat and the code does not include any phone numbers, in order to avoid accidentally revealing your contacts.
Another change consists in that the app won’t’ require you to approve users again in case of a new device or app reinstalls. Additionally, the new Signal update will have an advisory mode, alerting you when the safety numbers have changed.
The new changes are a nice addition to maintaining the privacy of the conversations on Signal. For some users, the changes have come just in time as the app saw a 400 percent increase in demand after the results of the recent US election. The main concern is about an empowered surveillance system in the hands of Donald Trump. Although there are protocols in place to prevent an abuse of the system, Signal does provide peace of mind to many users.