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11 new features in Signal for secure conversations

 


Activating end-to-end encryption for calls and messages may seem a bit strange to ordinary citizens. But with digital freedom under attack, technology companies collaborating with spy agencies, and large and small cyberattacks affecting thousands every day, everyone should take privacy seriously.

The signal is a secure application from Open Whisper Systems, a combination of the encrypted RedPhone VoIP and TextSecure SMS application, both of which were purchased and dismantled by Twitter in 2011. Whisper Systems co-founder Moxie Marlinspike then built Open Whisper systems that use software from his former company and which fall under free software licenses after the acquisition of Twitter was completed.

Recently, Signal has received a cash boost and engineering strength. Former Andy App co-founder and co-founder Brian Acton joined the company and brought with him $50 million, which will go toward increasing the number of employees and building new technologies.

The Signal app, available on iOS and Android, can send messages and make calls when both parties are connected to the Internet. Although he has faced some competition from WhatsApp and Telegram, his security reputation has made him a demand for many, especially those living under governments that monitor citizens (not to mention those who use them and other chat apps for more outrageous purposes).

Signal for Android has been updated to bypass censorship in places where the app has been blocked by posting domain fronting, which uses one domain outside of the HTTPS request and another within it.

Regardless of whether you need these powerful privacy features, using a secure app is a smart choice. Here are some ways to make it work for you.

 

Signal now lets you make secure video calls. To use them make a call by going to the contact name and pressing the phone icon, then when you make the call, click the video icon.

1. Nook Nouk Property

 

Make a voice call using a simple Signal app. The only additional step you'll notice is that you should check that the call is secure. This is done by sending each party to the same pair of words that they can verify with the other by reading them aloud as soon as they connect. To make a call, click the name of the person you want to call and then click the phone icon. The phone will ring and the words will appear at the bottom of the screen.

2.There's security in the numbers.

 

If you want to check for a secure connection with a contact, you can check their security numbers either in person or through messages. Regardless of your choice, you must open the Signal app and click on the name of the other party in the conversations. Then select check the security numbers. This will show the QR code and number strings.  you can move your phone over their phone and select the Scan Code at the bottom of the screen. If you want to check a message, click and hold the number strings and then select a comparison with the clipboard.

But what if your security number changes after you get a new phone or reinstall the Signal app? Don't worry, the Signal app checks the security numbers within the message. When a message from a user you contacted but has a new security message arrives, you'll see the notification inside the message screen, but you can still continue the conversation. Click on the message that says "The security number has been changed. Click to check." Next, you can either accept the new security number in a pop-up there or click accept a new security number and guide you through the manual process again.

3. Erase History

 

Since the Signal app is secure, scanning your log is not a necessity, but if you want to erase messages, or want a clean start, or you're worried about your phone in someone else's hands, go to Settings, click, Clear History Log.

4.Disappearing Act


 If this is a very laborious process, you can adjust your messages to self-destruction. Go to the conversation, tap the menu, and select Disappearing Messages. Select the deletion time between five seconds and one week. Once you're empowered in a conversation, you'll see a sand watch down each message.

5.Stop the Broadcast

By default in the Signal app, your device's notification screen will display the name and message of the contact when you email you. But you can turn this off.

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6.Use it from your PC


 Until recently, the only way to use Signal on your desktop was to download the Chrome app. However, there is now a separate Desktop Signal app for Linux systems running Mac, Windows, and Debian. Initially, you should pair the app with your phone but once you're done, you can use it alone.

7.Situation Sticker

 

It's a serious platform, but it's not very serious, as this addition to Signal proves. The Android version of the app recently received stickers and the possibility of sending innovative stickers and compact GIFs. Don't make fun of this, a number of people said they wouldn't go to Signal unless they had stickers. When you go to text a contact, click the big blue button next to the message area and select from GIFs and stickers. When searching for a GIF file, the terms are hidden from Signal, your device's IP address is hidden from Giphy, and Open Whisper systems continue to work to ensure that the connection is "expressive and fun."

8.File sending


You can send files of all kinds safely using Signal. Open a conversation, click the paper clip next to the text area and take and send a picture, send a photo from your photo library, or send a document. If you choose to send a document, text, PDF, or any other type of file from iCloud Drive, Google Drive, or Dropbox, or you can just copy and paste it directly into the text field.

 9.Noises Off


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If you have an Android device, set up a passphrase to access Signal. Go to the menu, select settings, then privacy. To enable a passphrase, adjust the slider to enable and choose a passphrase.

 11.Private Number


For all the ways you take privacy, Signal doesn't give you a way to hide your phone number strangely. There is no simple solution, but there are things you can do.

As The Intercept explains, you can register using a number from a service like Google Voice or Skype and link that number to a dedicated device. The second part is easy for Android users because you can set up a second account on your phone. If you have an iPhone, you'll either have to use another iOS device (such as an iPad or iPod touch) or an Android device, but this gadget doesn't need a cellular connection or SIM card.

On the plug-in device or from the replacement account, install Signal, open it and type the phone number you want to use. You will receive a message that the authentication has failed. Choose voice verification by clicking Contact Me. The number you entered will ring and you will hear a voice that gives you a six-digit number. Type this number in the verification box in the Signal app and select Check.

This is a messy process, but if keeping your number is important to you, it may be worth it.

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