12 Signal App Tips for Secure Chats | PCMag.com

12 Signal App Tips for Secure Chats | PCMag.comhttps://www.pcmag.com/feature/350969/12-signal-app-tips-for-secure-chats?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=titleActivating end-to-end encryption for calls and messages might seem a little extreme for private citizens. But with digital liberty under attack, tech companies cooperating with spy agencies, and cyber attacks big and small affecting thousands every day, it behooves everyone to take privacy seriously. Signal, a secure app from Open Whisper Systems, is a blend of the encrypted RedPhone VoIP app and TextSecure SMS app, both from Whisper Systems, which was bought and dismantled by Twitter in 2011.

Until recently, the only way to use Signal on a desktop was to download the Chrome app. But there is now a standalone Signal desktop app for Mac, Windows, and Debian-based Linux systems. Initially the app has to be paired with your phone but once that’s done, you can use it on its own.