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Signal’s new feature ‘Delete old messages / Message trimming’ may let WhatsApp users to install Signal Private Messenger

March 25, 2020

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Messages shared over instant messaging apps like WhatsApp remain on users’ devices unless they delete messages manually. If not deleted, these archives can get rather large with each sharing of photos, videos, and other files. Once the device runs out of storage, users might not be able to afford to keep all those messages. The solution to this problem is Signal Private Messenger.

With Signal on Android, users can have messages deleted themselves automatically. Once the user reaches a specified amount of messages, all older messages will be removed from the conversation. This can be a huge help if a user’s phone’s storage is limited, and it’s also a great way to keep users’ chat screen tidy.

How to enable Signal’s ‘Delete Old Messages / Message trimming’ feature?

  • Step 1 – Update Signal Private Messenger to latest Version
  • Step 2 – Open messenger and open ‘Settings’
  • Step 3 – Under ‘Settings’ click on ‘Storage’
  • Step 4 – Under ‘Message Trimming’ section, enable ‘Delete old messages’ option (disabled by default)
  • Step 5 – Specify conversation length limit for each conversation
  • Step 6 – If you want to delete all the old messages now then click on ‘Trim All Conversations now’ then click on ‘Delete’ option

Signal – An interesting app? Let’s find out. 

The first thing which is really interesting in Signal Private Messenger is it’s an open source platform which means app’s entire code modules are freely available for experts so that they can inspect and find bugs to improve app’s security. This lets Signal application to stand apart from the crowd of instant messaging applications.

Another thing why you prefer Signal app over WhatsApp or any instant messaging is end-to- end encryption. All Signal messages and calls are end-to-end encrypted and have no decryption key. Even parent organization, Open Whisper Systems cannot decrypt the messages shared over the app. Encryption engine / technology used in Signal app sets a new data privacy standard for other instant messaging apps / companies.

Signal Private Messenger has the user-friendly interface. It comes with less or almost no fancy buttons which makes it more user friendly than WhatsApp. Not only this, there are no extra creepy settings in Signal app due to which interface loads fast and messages transmits within microseconds.

Along with end-to-end encryption, Signal app comes with many advanced security features under ‘Privacy’ option. Using privacy option, a user can boost up the security. Screen can be locked using lock code or face ID or fingerprint. User can also adjust app lock time by using ‘Screen Lock Inactivity Timeout’ option available under ‘Privacy’ feature of the Signal app.

Signal app’s screen security feature can block and exclude it from recent app list whereas android version of app also comes with a feature where screenshots can be blocked. Android users can also use third party keyboards in incognito mode so that data privacy can be maintained.

The Signal messages are encrypted with the Signal Protocol. The Protocol also supports end-to-end encrypted group chats. The group chat protocol is a combination of a pairwise double ratchet and multicast encryption. In addition to the properties provided by the one-to-one protocol, the group chat protocol provides speaker consistency, dropped message resilience, out-of-order resilience, trust equality, computational equality, subgroup messaging, as well as contractible and expandable membership.

The Signal Protocol also has been implemented into WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook Messenger, and Google Allo, making it possible for the conversations of “more than a billion people worldwide” to be end-to-end encrypted. In Google Allo, Skype and Facebook Messenger, conversations are not encrypted with the Signal Protocol by default; they only offer end-to-end encryption in an optional mode.

In the end, it’s time to install Signal app now.

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