Signal vs Telegram vs Whatsapp, Security and a few features compared

While Facebook owned Whatsapp is the King of the Jungle among messengers with 2 Billion active users, the others are not far behind.

 

SIGNAL MESSENGER

This is an app developed by Signal Foundation and Signal Messenger LLC.

The driving force behind Signal has been to make conversations as secure and secret as possible.While Signal is not as popular as the other two messengers, it has 20 million users and counting.

TELEGRAM

Telegram is a controversial messenger in the sense that it believes in being censor free.This and the abundant messenger like features has made it a favourite among hard core users.It has 400 million users and is growing.

SECURITY ON SIGNAL MESSENGER

The Signal protocol is an acknowledged security open source protocol.The peer review for this protocol has been fantastic with Skype and Facebook messenger using this protocol for its secret chats feature.

SECURITY ON TELEGRAM MESSENGER

Telegram does not have end to end encryption as a default but is enabled when you use secret chats feature. Telegram Security has been criticized for its proprietary tool and experts have suggested the Signal Protocol as an alternative

SECURITY ON WHAT’S APP MESSENGER

Whatsapp flouts its end to end encryption model.While this is acceptable, it does not secure its meta data which means that while conversations are encrypted, the log is not.

OTHER FEATURES

Signal: This started as a privacy oriented no frills messaging service.You can create groups but does not have a broadcast option.

Telegram: In addition to groups and broadcast, Telegram has the option to form public groups up to 200,000 users.

Whatsapp: Whatsapp is the most consumer friendly of the messengers and is most used. Whatsapp has stories feature unavailable in the other two.

A comparison chart is found below for your reference.

Features Comparison

Signal

Telegram

Whatsapp

Security

Most Secure

Adequate

Secure

Group Size

150

200000

256

Stories Feature

No

No

Yes for 24 hrs

Censorship

No

No

Yes

Track user data

No

No

Yes

Back Up

Local

Inbuilt Cloud

Third Party Cloud

Self Destruct Secret Messages

Yes

Yes

NO

 

Desktop App Support without phone authentication

Yes

Yes

No

Voice plus video

Yes

Only Voice

Yes

Group Chat Security

Yes

No

No

 

Screen Security

Yes

Only for secret Messages

No

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