However, before we decide the next course of action over choosing a IM app, let’s compare certain security and fancy features of Signal app and WhatsApp.
Unique Security Features
Signal by default encrypts all the local files with a 4-digit passphrase. Signal app also allows users to relay their voice calls to app servers to conceal their contacts’ identity. These security and privacy features are not available in WhatsApp.
If one was to compare the User Interface (UI) of WhatsApp with Signal app, there’s no doubt that WhatsApp wins hand down. For example, WhatsApp has an extensive set of sticker packs. The stickers available on Signal are limited against the plethora of stickers present on WhatsApp. WhatsApp also has user status updates that Signal lacks as it does not support status updates.
If you are one of those people who sends ‘Good morning’ messages to your broadcast list, then you might be disappointed, as this feature is only exclusively provided by WhatsApp. Features such as option to bookmark messages by marking them as Star, quickly add any contact by just scanning a QR code, are some of the fancy feaures exclusively available to WhatsApp.
WhatsApp recently introduced the option of custom chat wallpapers. The custom chat wallpapers feature allows users to set different wallpapers for different chats. WhatsApp says that by making your chats distinguishable, users will never worry about sending messages to the wrong chat. This option is missing in the Signal app.
The Signal app absolutely scores above WhatsApp is in the privacy category. While Signal is being considered the gold standard of privacy for private conversations, it does not come with the fancy features of WhatsApp. Now, even as some users have started switching to alternatives like Signal, they will miss some of WhatsApp’s fancy features that Signal does not have. If a user’s priority is security and privacy — then the Signal app is the right choice. Having said that, on the other hand — if the users opt for the fancy User Interface and other features such as integrated payment system, then they are free to choose WhatsApp over Signal app.
Today, most of the online users are becoming more aware and educated about digital privacy, safety and security. And this is good because as a virtual society, all of us are evolving together.