Signal for Mac

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 5.29.1
  • 3.7
  • (3)
  • Security Status

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Free, open-source private messenger

Signal Private Messenger is a chat and instant messaging app created by Signal Foundation - a non-profit company developed by the co-founder of WhatsApp, Brian Acton, and Moxie Marlinspike. This VoIP service became more popular after WhatsApp revealed that it would share its data with Facebook. Users that were not happy with this change began considering switching to Signal Private Messenger. The software is easy to use; it has been around since 2018 and has a devoted security community.

Is Signal Private Messenger safe?

Signal has an impressive encryption mechanism in place as well as a wealth of communication features. When you are worried about companies encoding or keeping track of your details, Signal keeps your conversations fully private. This is because of their end-to-end encryption; only you and the receiver can read or display what has been sent by decoding the incoming and outgoing messages.

Your data is kept secret from your mobile service providers or state departments. This is why journalists, government officials, and other users (who manage classified information) use this tool. This can also be used by ordinary consumers concerned about their information being intercepted by law enforcement. Both you and the recipient can send messages to this app.

This app is different from text messaging. If the person you need to talk to is not yet on Signal, the app lets you invite via SMS, social networking platforms, or a link. There's even a way to block anyone if you don't want to speak to them. The software does have security features, but remember that other desktop messaging applications like Messages, Telegram, and WeChat have these as well.

Is Signal really private?

An issue you might have is the freely accessible source code for Signal. This means that coding professionals can see the app's basic processes; however, Signal Foundation claims that this has helped them discover more glitches in the app. You can have one-on-one discussions or build a Signal group chat. Like other chat applications, you can upload images, videos, connections, and recordings to the line.

Other security features include community administrators, self-destructive messages, and two-factor authentication. You can encrypt the app by allowing passcode or fingerprint scan so that those who have access to your phone cannot easily access the app. If you have a party, you can use these features to make your conversation smoother. The Signal Private Messenger chat community can have 150 members at a time.

You can sync your contact list on the app to see who is using the app. If you or your coworkers wish to keep their phone number secret, they may sign up for the Google Voice Number and use it to log-in to Signal. Apple users may want to avoid Signal from syncing their calls and texts to iCloud. You can do this on either the Signal smartphone app or desktop app.

Alternative to leading messaging apps 

Signal Private Messenger is a messaging app where you will be able to store your data on social media channels, email applications, and e-commerce pages. It is extremely useful for the processing of sensitive documents and the need to shield them from prying eyes. Though it does not boast sticker packs and themes, it does a decent job of protecting the users.


  • Developed by a non-profit organization
  • End-to-end encryption for calls and texts
  • Allows 150 users in one group chat
  • Invite potential users via online or text


  • Created by a for-profit co-founder
  • Offers bare-minimum security features

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Signal for Mac

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 5.29.1
  • 3.7
  • (3)
  • Security Status

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