WhatsApp, one of the most widely used messaging platform has run into deep waters after the announcement of new policy. According to the new rules, users will now have to agree to share their personal information with Facebook or they would lose access to their account.The new Privacy Policy updates have led unhappy users quit the app and to look for alternatives to WhatsApp. In this article, we will discuss the ongoing discussion regarding WhatsApp Vs. Telegram Vs. Signal basis on the security offered by the three messaging apps.

Most Secure: WhatsApp Vs. Telegram Vs. Signal

WhatsApp Vs. Telegram Vs. Signal 1

WhatsApp, with over 2 billion monthly active users, is surelythelargest messaging service in the world. Currently, Telegram has over 400 million users, while Signal has around 20 million monthly active users. This although makes WhatsApp a clear winner, there is no doubt about the growing popularity of Telegram and Signal. Let’s see which one wins the WhatsApp Vs. Telegram Vs. Signal debate.

WhatsApp

This messaging app has everything one would need n a social messaging service, including the latest introduced in-app payments feature. Along with allowing users to broadcast messages to multiple contacts, WhatsApp also support voice and video calls, both for individuals and groups.Group chats work with up to 256 members. Whatsapp allows you to share all sorts of files and documents (upto 100MB), as well as photos, videos and audio files can be shared upto 16 MB.

WhatsApp uses end to end encryption (E2E) for communication: messages, video calls, voice calls, photos and anything. The messaging app is known to collect users’ data including:

  • User ID
  • Device IDPhone Number
  • Email Address
  • Contacts
  • Advertising Data
  • Purchase History
  • Coarse Location
  • Product Interaction
  • Crash Data
  • Performance Data
  • Other Diagnostic Data
  • Payment Info
  • Customer Support
  • Product Interaction
  • Other User Content

With almost everything public, the question of user privacy is a BIG one when it comes to WhatsApp.

Telegram

Telegram app has garnered a lot of attention after the bizarre WhatsApp new policy. Telegram is a freeware, cross-platform, cloud-based instant messaging, video calling, and VoIP service. Similar to WhatsApp in functioning, the app offers chats, group chats, and channels.

The difference is, that, unlike WhatsApp’s 256 members limit, Telegram offers support for groups with up to 200,000 members. The messaging app offers multiple group-specific features like bots, polls, hashtags, quizzes, and so much more to ensure unlimited fun for its users.

The app also presents self-destructing messages (like Snapchat) feature, which is useful especially if you like to send messages that you don’t want to remain on the recipient’s device for eternity. The best part, you can easily share files worth 1.5 GB size.Also, Telegram app offers both voice and video call on Android and iOS devices, which is great because video call support was a big omission from the app.

 Telegram is known to collect:

  • User ID
  • Contact Info
  • Contacts

Signal

Developed by Signal Foundation and Signal Messenger LLC, Signal offers its users secure messaging, voice, and video calls. With all communications being end-to-end encrypted, users can, without any fear, create groups.  Furthermore, the app sports a feature similar to the self-destructing messages of Telegram. However, the best part about Signal is “Note to Self”. Unlike WhatsApp, users don’t need to create a single-member group to send notes to themselves but can note down your thoughts and ideas while messaging with your friends and family.

The only drawback with Signal is that it doesn’t the option to broadcast messages to multiple contacts at once. Apart from that, Signal allows you to relay voice calls to its servers so your identity remains concealed from your contacts. There are also emojis and some privacy stickers,

Signal app for Android, iOS, and Desktop employs end-to-end encryption. Although Signal uses telephone numbers as contacts, encrypted calls and messages actually use your data connection. Unlike WhatsApp and Telegram, Signal does not collect data for anything!

WhatsApp Vs. Signal Privacy

According to latest Forbes report, it’s being said that Signal is safer than WhatsApp, owing to the formers Screen Security. Signal allows users to enable Screen Security, which automatically helps in blocking other apps on the phone, or yourself, from taking screenshots of your chats on the private messenger. This way, the user can be sure that even if there is an app that is keeping tabs on activities on phone, it still cannot capture the happening inside the Signal app. On the official website, Signal also promises that there no advertisements, at least for now.

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