When comparing Signal vs Signal Private Messenger, the Slant community recommends Signal Private Messenger for most people. In the question“What is the best chat software?” Signal Private Messenger is ranked 10th while Signal is ranked 13th. The most important reason people chose Signal Private Messenger is:
Backed by people nut about privacy, including - Edward Snowden, Whistleblower and privacy advocate - Laura Poitras, Oscar winning filmmaker and journalist - Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist - Matt Green, Cryptographer, Johns Hopkins University
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Pro Provides security and privacy
Signal uses an advanced end to end encryption protocol that provides privacy for every message every time.
Pro Free and open source
Signal is free and open source software, enabling anyone to verify its security by auditing the code. It's the only private messenger that uses open source, peer-reviewed cryptographic protocols to keep your messages safe.
Pro SMS/MMS support
Signal can be your default SMS/MMS text messenger. Encryption is not possible when sending SMS to your contacts, however.
Pro Recommended by Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden uses this messenger and recommends it to everony who is concerned about his privacy.
Pro Supports sharing of various different media types
Signal supports: emoji, pictures, videos, audio, contacts, any location and GIF.
Pro Supports encrypted group chats
Pro You can easily view all media exchanged
You can easily view all media shared in the chat without scrolling back to when it was shared.
Pro Message mirroring on Signal Desktop
Signal Desktop is a Chrome extension that allows you to mirror messages from your phone, including replying.
Pro Truly open and secure, comes from the Open Whisper Systems Team
Backed by people nut about privacy, including
- Edward Snowden, Whistleblower and privacy advocate
- Laura Poitras, Oscar winning filmmaker and journalist
- Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist
- Matt Green, Cryptographer, Johns Hopkins University
Pro Encrypted voice calling
Unlike many other apps, signal provides not only text messaging but also live encrypted voice calling.
Pro Free as in both free beer and freedom, not as in "The customer is the product"
Pay Nothing - The development team is supported by community donations and grants. There are no advertisements, and it doesn't cost anything to use.
Con Single device
You cannot send and receive messages from multiple devices.
Con If SMS/MMS imported, other apps can't read SMS
For those using Join, Pushbullet, or similar apps to send and receive SMS/MMS from web or desktop, putting your SMS in Signal somehow breaks this functionally. The dev is aware but plans to remedy the situation have not been named a priority
Con Uses message mirroring
You phone must be on and connected to the internet for Signal Desktop to work.
Con Centralized architecture
Signal's server architecture has been partially decentralized since December 2013, when it was announced that the messaging protocol that is used in Signal had successfully been integrated into the Android-based open-source operating system CyanogenMod. As of CyanogenMod 11.0, the client logic is contained in a system app called WhisperPush. According to Open Whisper Systems, "the Cyanogen team runs their own [Signal messaging] server for WhisperPush clients, which federates with [Open Whisper Systems' Signal server], so that both clients can exchange messages with each-other seamlessly". The WhisperPush source code is available under the GPLv3 license. In January 2016, however, the CyanogenMod team announced that they will be discontinuing WhisperPush on February 1, and recommended that its users switch to Signal. After this, Signal's server architecture will be entirely centralized.
Con Requires phone number to register
Con Code being used in Whatsapp and other parties undermines trust
It's unlikely FB would add encryption it does not have access to.