WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram! Still Confused?

WhatsApp's new privacy policy has stirred a new wave of fear in all the users regarding their personal privacy that may be hampered after this new policy update.
WhatsApp and Facebook have received backlash from millions of users from around the world. Many users are now trying new messaging apps like Signal and Telegram to make a switch. 
So today we will discuss WhatsApp, Signal, and Telegram messaging apps to make you decide to choose the best.

WhatsApp vs Signal vs Telegrm

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is one the oldest and till now the best social messaging service. It added many services in its app over the years and as per the user feedbacks that make it the best. 

Features of WhatsApp messaging app:

  • Group Chat (256 members)
  • Broadcast Messages
  • Disappearing Messages
  • Group video calls (8 users)
  • WhatsApp Status and Stories feature 
  • Attachments (all type of media and documents up to 100MB)
  • Photos, videos, and audio files can be shared up to 16 MB
  • Live location sharing with your contacts 
  • Backup and restore chat data via Google Drive and iCloud
  • End to End Encryption (E2E) for communication: messages, video calls, voice calls, photos, etc.

WhatsApp application data collections

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

Telegram

Telegram is the second most used messaging app after WhatsApp having more than 500 million monthly active users worldwide. Telegram apps are available for desktop and mobile platforms including official apps for Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, and Linux. Telegram is known for large data file sharing and large groups.

Features of Telegram messaging app:

  • Chat groups with up to 200,000 members.
  • The saved messages option can be used to send messages to self.
  • Self-destructing messages (Similar to disappearing messages in WhatsApp).
  • Can share all types of media up to file size 2.0 GB.
  • E2E encrypted voice and video calls on Android and iOS devices.
  • E2E Encryption is available only in the secret chats feature. (Normal chats are not encrypted)

Telegram Application data collection 

  • Contact Info
  • Contacts
  • User ID

Signal

The latest and most popular app currently, especially after that tweet from Mr. Elon Musk, Signal is not new in the market, it was started in the year 2010 by some ex employees of WhatsApp.
From starting it was designed mainly for privacy concerned people. 
It offers secure messaging, voice, and video calls with end-to-end encryption. 

Features of Signal messaging app:

  • Group chats (150 members)
  • Disappearing messages 
  • Note to Self option (Similar to Saved messages of Telegram)
  • Allows relay voice calls to its servers, identity is not shared, same as using a VPN
  • Signal uses a back-end user-facing encryption service
  • Uses the open-source Signal Protocol to implement end-to-end encryption
  • Encrypts your metadata offering multiple levels of security

Signal Application data collection 

  • Phone Number Only

Switching Really Required?

As per the above comparison of all these messaging apps, you can see that the data collection of WhatsApp is very high in comparison to other apps. 

This data collection of WhatsApp has no relation to the new privacy policy update, which means WhatsApp is already taking lots of your personal data from your mobile.

The new privacy policy is mainly focused on the business use of WhatsApp and its data sharing with other Facebook companies.
This will not affect much to the normal users of WhatsApp. 

And as per WhatsApp, your chats are private and encrypted and no one else other than you can see that. But if you are concerned about your other data like your location, birthdate, shopping's, etc. to be shared with other Facebook companies then you have to switch to other apps like Signal or Telegram, Right Now!!! as WhatsApp has already shared your such data with Facebook.

Switching to another app has one limitation that all your family and friends and network might not be available on that new app. WhatsApp is currently the most popular and used the app and is now become a default messaging apps for billions of people. So switching to another app will take time as your network has to be available on that new app.

"Signal" is a good option, as it has the best privacy feature and it is a non-profit organization which runs on donation. They don't need any of your data to make a profit.

It is now your decision to switch to another app or not.

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