Why is there such a fuss at the moment about Signal?
The buzz started with a simple tweet from Elon Musk, Tesla’s whimsical boss, who incidentally became the richest man in the world at the beginning of the year. In just two words, “Use Signal,” as early as Jan. 7, he advised his followers to leave WhatsApp for this application, considered much safer.
While it may be somewhat unknown to the general public, Signal was not, however, created yesterday. At the head of the foundation that manages the application today are Moxie Marlinspike, its founder, and Brian Acton, who was present at the origin of, tada, WhatsApp.
Signal promotes itself as an application that is both secure and respectful of privacy, and it has been recommended for years by people beyond Elon Musk, such as the whistleblower Edward Snowden and Twitter boss Jack Dorsey. Its messaging system guarantees end-to-end encryption of exchanges (calls, texts, attachments). At no time does Signal intercept these conversations, making absolute confidentiality its trademark. This is all the more important since Signal offers exactly the same services as WhatsApp: phone calls, video conferencing, messaging, group creation and management, and more.