WhatsApp v/s Signal- Disadvantages of using WhatsApp.

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Hello everyone. How you doing? I hope you all are doing well. So today I am here with most trending debate- WhatsApp v/s Signal.

Privacy has always been a key feature and popular point for the messaging app. WhatsApp Company co-founder Jan Koum grew up within the Soviet Union under heavy government surveillance, and he promised to stay user data protected after Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014.

Now, with Koum on the answer, it’s going to be time to ditch WhatsApp before that promise leaves with him.

Facebook already harvests some data from WhatsApp. Without Koum at the helm, maybe it’s possible to increase a move that would not be out of character for the social network.

It is considered that the entire business model of a company focuses on targeted advertising around personal data.

If you care enough about your privacy to delete Facebook, you’ll want to ditch WhatsApp also.

If you would like a replacement, safer messaging app try Signal, or maybe iMessage for communicating between Apple devices.

Disadvantages of using WhatsApp! WhatsApp v/s Signal

Today I would like to share 5 strongest disadvantages of using WhatsApp:

1. It is owned by Facebook

Owned by Facebook- WhatsApp v/s Signal

The company that gets the main portion of their revenue from selling users’ data.

It is also important to mention that Facebook runs studies on their user’s behaviour and regularly has data breaches.

2. WhatsApp collects a ton of data– WhatsApp v/s Signal

Data that WhatsApp collects

If you only install and open it even once, it’ll collect data like your operator,

the unique identity of your phone, your approximate location (place where you are at), installed apps in your phone, etc.

The more permissions you grant to WhatsApp, the more data it’ll collect about you.

For instance, when you first time open WhatsApp it will always show you the right country-code no matter what – this is because WhatsApp finds it by your mobile operator, not your IP address.

3. WhatsApp behaves like a virus.

WhatsApp as a virus- WhatsApp v/s Signal

For example, if you force stop WhatsApp on Android, it’ll automatically activate within half-hour.

It is a known issue; WhatsApp however finds ways to restart if force stopped in every Android version.

4. Your communication in WhatsApp is not really private– WhatsApp v/s Signal

WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption built with “Signal encryption protocol” however it has one prime difference.

In Signal, an open-source messenger, you’ll verify if an encryption key was changed. Whereas, without even notifying the user, WhatsApp is able to automatically trust every new key that the key has been changed.

It may open the possibilities for developers, hackers, and governments to read all of your chats in WhatsApp.

5. Deleted message

Having all the facts, it’s safe to assume that your data are often stored on WhatsApp’s servers which makes your communications within the app permanent.

Meaning, even that embarrassing message you sent to your friend then immediately deleted is stored on WhatsApp’s servers forever.

And if you think that the company will try to protect this data, you should re-think about it.

Companies are meant to protect themselves, not you.

These were some of the reasons that I listed for you. I hope you liked the article. Also don’t forget to share this with your loved ones.

Let me know in the comment box if I missed out something.

What do you prefer? WhatsApp or Signal?? Do comment!

I’ll be back soon with another interesting blog. Till then,

Stay safe, stay updated.

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