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Signal’s crypto payments feature is now available worldwide

Signal’s payments feature is now available worldwide, allowing users of the popular encrypted messaging app to send and receive privacy-focused payments "as easily as sending or receiving a message." Signal announced plans to integrate a payments feature into its encrypted messaging app back in April. At the time the company said it was testing a...

Signal now lets you add up to 40 participants to video calls

While Signal has gained immense popularity this year, the privacy-focused messenger still lags far behind its two main competitors -- Telegram and WhatsApp. One of the main reasons behind this is that Signal doesn't offer quite as many features as the other two. However, the developers behind the app have been hard at work adding...

Signal’s new monetization feature makes it easier to make donations

Signal, the privacy-focused instant messaging app that shot to popularity after WhatsApp’s controversial privacy policy change, is adding a new monetization feature into its app. Unlike its rival instant messaging services, Signal runs entirely on donations and this new feature will make it easier for users to make monetary contributions and support and sustain the...

[Update: Back online] It’s not just you, Signal is down for many users around the world

Signal, the cross-platform encrypted instant messaging app that shot to popularity after WhatsApp’s controversial privacy policy change, is down for many users around the world. When you try to send a message on the app, it brings up an error stating that the service is experiencing technical difficulties. If you try to use the app right...

These are the Best Messaging Apps: WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and more!

Instant messaging has revolutionized the way the world works. Most of us got our first spin with it during the height of MSN Messenger from its launch in 1999. Now the rise of smartphones has changed the way instant messaging works again. However, there's not a single, one-size-fits-all solution for messaging just yet. There are...

What is Signal and How to Use it: Everything you need to know about the secure IM service

At a time when mass surveillance by corporations and governments is increasingly becoming commonplace, consumers are looking for messaging apps that can keep their private conversations away from prying eyes. While there are plenty of messaging apps available to consumers, not all have the same level of protection or consumer interest at heart. This is...

Signal finally updates public server code after months of silence

Signal Private Messenger has been a popular messaging platform for years, thanks to its focus on privacy and end-to-end encryption. The project has released the source code for every component of Signal, including the back-end server and client applications, but the public code for the server software was left outdated for months until just today. Signal...

Signal starts testing a privacy-focused payments feature

Signal has rolled out several new features over the last couple of months to capitalize on the recent backlash against its biggest competitor WhatsApp. The privacy-focused messaging service has rolled out support for encrypted group calls, custom wallpapers, animated stickers, and more. It has also received a new backup feature that lets you transfer chats...

Signal makes it easier to transfer chats to a new device

One of the main drawbacks of using Signal over WhatsApp is that it currently lacks a seamless migration feature. Although the messenger offers a solution to help users transfer their chats to a new device, the process requires them to take a local backup, transfer the local backup to the new device, and restore it...

Telegram and Signal are the two viable alternatives to WhatsApp

WhatsApp has become the go-to messaging app for a big chunk of the world. And that is with good reason: it's a (sort of) lightweight app that works amazingly well with all Android smartphones, old and new. Plus, you really have no way to go: with over 5 billion installs on Google Play, and a...

Signal adds custom wallpapers and animated stickers to catch up to WhatsApp

Signal enjoyed an unexpected uptick in users following WhatsApp’s recent privacy blunder. In an effort to capitalize on its rising popularity, Signal has started testing features that make the messaging platform feel a little friendlier. Earlier this month, Signal announced a handful of new features that would be coming to the platform, including chat wallpapers and...

Signal adds encrypted group calls to keep your conversations secure

Signal on Monday announced the launch of group calls which, like everything else on the platform, is end-to-end encrypted. The new feature, which builds on other group chat functionality introduced in October, is rolling out to Signal on Android and iOS. Starting a group call in Signal is easy. Now, when you open a group chat,...