Recently Paytm's founder Mr Vijay Shekhar Sharma has made a statement about WhatsApp and Facebook. He said that WhatsApp and Facebook are abusing their monopoly in India. He also ushered people to switch to Signal. Now you must be wondering what is this Signal? The signal is a brand new messaging app in the market. Much like WhatsApp Signal too is a cross-platform encrypted messaging app. It was released on 17th December 2020. It is a succession amalgamation of RedPhone- an encrypted voice calling app and TextSecure- an encrypted texting platform. Just like Whatsapp this app to lets you form groups has features of video calling and has a desktop version too. You can send gifs, videos, images, and audios using Signal. So, think of it as a potential alternative to WhatsApp. It gains popularity since George Floyd protests that took place in the US last year. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had said in his tweet to use the Signal app.
WhatsApp recently updated its Terms and Conditions which are crossing the limits into individual privacy according to Mr Sharma. WhatsApp with new terms and conditions will be applicable from 8th February 2021. People who don't agree to them won't be allowed to use WhatsApp.
WhatsApp has recently launched a payments system which putsPaytm's identity into danger. Meanwhile, Signal is getting a lot of downloads and fan following. If in future, significant proofs do state WhatsApptrespassing into the user’s life, Signal is an alternative we have to continue our lives.
On the personal level, we should read privacy policies and terms and conditions of all the apps we use. It is not only for our own security but also for protecting the privacy of those in our contacts. Goggle is an excellent source to understand all the jargons you need. You will also get an expert opinion. All you have to do is lookup for it.