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  • Auguste Duval

Signal and Session Private Messaging Apps - What You Should Know.


Secure messaging apps are all the rage these days, and for a good reason. With a plethora of data breaches and revelations about government spying, protecting your communications is more important than ever.

There are many different messaging apps to choose from, but two of the most popular options are Signal Private Messenger and Session Private Messenger. Which one hould you use?



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Private Messaging Apps


First, let me say at the outset that this is written in terms that most people can understand. I don’t want to make this more complicated than it needs to be. Yes, I could talk about all the technical aspects and you likely will not walk away making a decision based on how complex this article is. I want you to take action and download a private messaging app now (Signal or Session)


Private messenger apps are a great way to keep your conversations between you and the people you're talking to. They're perfect for anything from business dealings to personal talks, and they offer a high level of security and privacy. Plus, most private messenger apps are free to use! Here are a few of the most popular private messengers:

  • WhatsApp

  • Signal Private Messenger

  • Session Private Messenger

  • Telegram Messenger

  • Threema

  • and others

There are a lot of private messenger apps out there, but not all of them are created equal. In this article, we'll be comparing two of the most secure options: Signal Private Messenger and Session Private Messenger. We'll go over the features of each app, their pros and cons, and who each one is best suited for.



Signal Private Messenger


Signal Private Messenger is a secure messaging app that offers end-to-end encryption for all message contents. That means that no one can read your messages or listen to your calls, not even the app itself.

The Signal is widely considered one of the most secure messaging apps available and is recommended by security experts such as Edward Snowden.

Let's dive deep into some of the features that Signal offers and how to use it.


How to use Signal Private Messenger?


The Signal mobile app is mercifully easy to install and navigate. You can easily find it in the App Store (for iPhone) or the Google Play Store (for Android).

Once the app is installed, open it up and create an account. You'll need to verify your phone number, and then you can start chatting.

If you want to add people to your Signal contacts list, you can open up the app and tap on the "Contacts" tab. You can either import your existing contacts or add new ones by their phone number.

Adding people is a little different on Signal than on other messaging apps. You don't need to know someone's Signal username to add them as a contact; all you need is their phone number. This can be helpful if you're trying to chat with someone who isn't already using Signal.

If you want to start a new conversation, open up the app and tap on the "New Conversation" button. You can select the people you want to include in the chat and start typing.

As easy as that!


Is Signal secure?


Signal's encryption is provided by the Open Whisper Systems, which is widely considered one of the most secure messaging platforms available.

All message contents are encrypted end-to-end, so no one (not even Signal) can read your messages. In addition, all calls made through Signal are also encrypted.

You don't need to worry about Signal app security. The Signal is one of the most secure messaging apps available, and it's recommended by security experts such as Edward Snowden.


Video and voice calls:


Signal offers both video and voice call functionality.

The quality of calls is generally quite good, although there have been some reports of choppy audio on occasion.

To place a video call, open up a conversation with the person you want to talk to and tap on the "Video Call" button. The app will then connect you and the other person via video.

If you want to place a voice call, tap on the "Voice Call" button instead. The app will connect you and the other person via audio-only.

Both video and voice calls are encrypted end-to-end, so you don't need to worry about anyone listening to your conversations.


Verify safety numbers:


One of the most critical security features that Signal offers is the ability to verify safety numbers.

A safety number is a unique code generated for each Signal user. You can use this code to verify that the person you're talking to is who they say they are.

This is especially important if you're talking to someone new or unsure of their identity.

I like this feature, as it gives me a lot of peace of mind knowing that I'm talking to the right person.


History erasing:


Another great security feature that Signal offers is the ability to delete your chat history.

You can do this on a per conversation basis or delete all messages for all conversations at once.

Just open up the conversation and tap on the "Delete" button to delete a single conversation. The app will then ask you if you're sure you want to delete the conversation.

If you want to delete all messages for all conversations, go to the "Settings" tab and tap on "Delete All Messages." The app will then ask you if you're sure you want to delete all messages.

Keep in mind that deleting your chat history will also delete any media (photos, videos, etc.) that you've exchanged in those conversations.


Message lifetime:


Another cool feature that Signal offers is the ability to set a message lifetime.

This is the amount of time a message will remain visible in a conversation before it disappears.

You can set the message lifetime to 1 minute, 5 minutes, 1 hour, or one day.

I think this is a great feature, as it allows you to control how long your messages will remain visible.


Safer Notifications:

Signal also offers a feature called "Safer Notifications."

This is a setting that allows you to hide the content of your messages from your lock screen.

To enable this setting, go to the "Settings" tab and tap on "Safer Notifications."

It allows you to keep your messages private even if someone manages to access your lock screen.

Pros:

  • Free

  • End-to-end encryption

  • Open-source

  • Minimal logging

  • Desktop app

Cons:

  • Not all attachment types are supported

Who is it best for?


The Signal is a great choice for anyone who wants a private messenger app that offers end-to-end encryption. It's also a good choice for those who want a free app, as it doesn't cost anything to use.


Verdict:


Overall, I think Signal is a great messaging app. It's straightforward to use, and it offers many great features. If you're looking for a private messenger app, I would recommend Signal.


Session Private Messenger:


Session Private Messenger is a cross-platform messaging app that allows you to send messages and photos privately. It works on both phones and computers, and it's secure because all communications are encrypted.

Session Private Messenger is an excellent alternative to other messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger because it offers more privacy and security. It's also a perfect choice for businesses that need to communicate privately with their employees.


How to Use Session Private Messenger


It's straightforward to use and navigate. Its UI is minimalistic and to the point. You can easily download it from the App Store or Google Play.

Once you have it installed, open the app and create an account. Then, add your contacts by their phone number or email address. To start a new conversation, tap on the contact's name.

To send a message, type it into the box at the bottom of the screen and hit "Send." Your messages will appear in blue bubbles on the right side of the screen. The person you're talking to will see your messages in green bubbles on the left side of the screen.


Is Session secure?


Yes, Session is a secure messaging app. All communications are encrypted end-to-end, so only the people involved in the conversation can read the messages.

Session also offers other security features, like self-destructing messages and disappearing pictures. You can also set up a PIN code to protect your account.

All your calls will also be encrypted.


Encrypted groups:


You can also create encrypted groups on Session. This is perfect for businesses that need to communicate privately with their employees.

To create an encrypted group, tap on the "New Conversation" icon and select "Create Encrypted Group." Then, add the people you want to include in the group.

Once you've created the group, you can start chatting. All the messages in the group will be encrypted.

The best part is that there is no limit to the number of people you can add to an encrypted group.


Disappearing messages:


Session also offers disappearing messages. This is a great security feature if you want to ensure that your messages are deleted after a certain amount of time.

To set up disappearing messages, open a conversation and tap on the "Menu" icon. Then, select "Disappearing Messages." You can choose to have your messages disappear after 1 minute, 1 hour, or one day.

Once you've turned on disappearing messages, your messages will automatically delete after the time you've selected.


Self-destructing pictures:


Another great security feature of Session is self-destructing pictures. This is perfect for sending sensitive information, like credit card numbers or passwords.

To send a self-destructing picture, open a conversation and tap on the "Camera" icon. Then, take a picture or select one from your camera roll. Once you've selected a picture, tap on the "Menu" icon and select "Self-Destruct."

You can choose to have the picture self-destruct after 1 minute, 1 hour, or 1 day.

Once you've turned on self-destructing pictures, your pictures will automatically be deleted after the selected period.


Safety Numbers:


Yes, safety number features are also available in Session.

If you want to make sure that your conversations are private, you can verify your safety numbers. This is a great security feature that allows you to know that the person you're talking to is who they say they are.

Open a conversation and tap on the "Menu" icon to verify your safety number. Then, select "Verify Safety Number." You and the person you're talking to will see a code that you need to compare. If the codes match, you know that the conversation is private.


Pros:

  • Free to use

  • Open-source

  • Encrypted end-to-end

  • Offers security features like self-destructing messages and disappearing pictures

  • Can create encrypted groups

  • Safety numbers feature

Cons:

  • Not as widely used as Signal or WhatsApp

Who is it best for?


The Session is a great choice for anyone who wants a secure messaging app that offers extra security features. If you're looking for an app that's not as well-known as Signal or WhatsApp, Session is a good option.


Verdict:


Overall, Session is an excellent choice for people who want more privacy and security. It's also a perfect choice for businesses that need to communicate privately with their employees.


Comparing Signal Private Messenger and Session Private Messenger


Both Signal Private Messenger and Session Private Messenger are excellent choices for people who want a secure messaging app. However, there are some differences between the two apps.


Signal is more widely used than Session, so it's easier to find people to chat with. Signal also doesn't offer as many security features as Session does.


Session uses decentralized encryption that collects no meta data. It also uses advanced encrypted routing. My vote for outstanding security is Session, but it has some time before it catches on as Signal has in the last few years.


Overall, both Signal and Session are excellent choices for secure messaging. Their features are almost the same too. The only real difference is that Session offers more security features than Signal. If you're looking for a secure messaging app, either Signal or Session would be a great choice.


You should we care about digital privacy


Digital privacy is essential for several reasons.

First, it helps protect our personal information from being accessed by others. This can include our addresses, phone numbers, and credit card information.

Second, digital privacy helps protect our right to free speech. When we can communicate privately, we're more likely to speak our minds without fear of retribution.

Lastly, digital privacy helps protect our right to be left alone. When we control who has access to our information, we're less likely to be bothered by unwanted messages or calls.

Overall, digital privacy is important because it helps us keep our personal information safe and protects our privacy.


Private Investigator Recommends These Apps


A private investigator would recommend these two apps because they are both a secure way to communicate when the stakes are high.


Signal is recommended because it's an open-source app that uses end-to-end encryption. This means that your conversations can only be read by the people involved.


The Session app is recommended because it offers extra security features, like self-destructing messages and disappearing pictures. This makes it a great choice for people who want an extra layer of protection.

Overall, both Signal and Session are great choices for people who want to keep their conversations private.


How Lack of Privacy Affects Our Lives


When we don't have privacy, our personal information is at risk of being accessed by others. This can lead to identity theft, fraud, and other problems.

Lack of privacy can also lead to our conversations being monitored by others. This can have a chilling effect on our free speech and make us less likely to speak our minds.

Lastly, lack of privacy can make us feel like we're being constantly watched. This can be very intrusive and make it difficult to relax or enjoy our lives.


Tips for using Signal and Session


Here are some tips for using Signal and Session:

1) Use a passphrase to protect your account: A passphrase is a long and unique password that will make it difficult for someone to hack into your account.

2) Enable two-factor authentication: This adds an extra layer of security to your account by requiring you to enter a code from your phone in addition to your password.

3) Use Signal's self-destructing messages feature: This ensures that your messages will automatically delete after a certain time.

4) Use Session's disappearing pictures feature: This ensures that any pictures you send will automatically delete after seeing them.

5) Be careful about what you share: Remember that the other person can see anything you send through Signal or Session.

Following these tips will help you keep your conversations private and secure.


Why is Facebook Messenger bad?


There are a few reasons why Facebook Messenger can be seen as a really poor choice.

For one, it requires an account with Facebook to use it – meaning that you have to share your data with the social media giant in order to use its messaging service.

Additionally, some users have complained about the app being buggy and unreliable, especially when compared to other messaging apps out there, such as WhatsApp.

Plus, because Facebook Messenger is linked to your Facebook account, there's always the potential for your messages and conversations to be shared with others – something that you may not want if you're trying to keep things private.

Overall, while there are some negatives associated with Facebook Messenger, it remains a popular messaging app for many people who are comfortable sharing their data with Facebook.


Why is Whatsapp not secure?


WhatsApp is not secure because frankly, it’s owned by Facebook which is a privacy invasive company, know how much they try to dress it up. Why not read their Terms & Conditions one day, then you will realize wheat you are giving them.


Whatsapp stores metadata about messages. This metadata can be used to track who contacts whom and when even if the messages themselves are deleted. This is a problem because metadata can be very revealing. For example, calling someone frequently might reveal that you're in a relationship with them. If you call someone rarely, that might reveal that you're not friends with them. And so on. Right, Whatsapp is encrypted but your messages metadata (hence why they now are owned by parent company Meta) is not secure. They know who your contacts are and your associations, locations and more. It is none of their business and I recommend you slowly migrate to a more secure experience.


Conclusion


Okay, so this private investigator recommends both Signal and Session private messengers. I have both on my phone. Overall, Session Private Messenger is the better choice for those looking for the most secure messaging experience because there is no metadata, while Signal Private Messenger offers greater flexibility and is more widely use (at this time), but it does ask for a phone number to set it up. Even if that phone number is a burner number, you will have to refer to that number each time you give your Signal number to a contact..






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