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The revelations of Edward Snowden in 2013 have the world shaken up with regard to online privacy and the need to actively protect. In that year he made known the extent of the information that the Us security service about internet users is collected. This turned out far above expectations. As it turns out the NSA special agreements with some internet and phone companies to get direct access to user information. In response to this disclosure, there are many privacy protective programs and apps developed.

Edward Snowden himself advises to call and chat with the encrypted mobile app Signal.

UPDATE: In december 2015, it was announced that Signal also to a beta version of a Chrome plugin works. Allows users to will their desktop or laptop computer to receive messages and send.

In the first instance, interested users can sign up for the waiting list for the beta version. Currently, this Chrome plugin will only be linked with the Android app. iOS users will be so please have a little patience.

Signal is a free mobile app that all communication strongly encrypts. Of these apps there are versions for both Android and iOS. You can text messages, photos and videos to send to other Signal users. Like for example, WhatsApp can also groups can be created. Also, you can crystal clear calls that are not listening.

The code of Signal is open source so can, and should, also by other developers to be used for their own products. Within the app no advertisement or other commercial message. Open Whister Systems, the creators of this app, to fund the development entirely from donations.

This chat and call app is available in 31 different languages, including Dutch.

When you use the name of the contact is pressed to be advanced indentificatiemethoden to see, such as the fingerprint. So you can be sure that the person with whom you come in contact has the person is who he or she claims to be.

No one has access to the communication you make via Signal leads, not the creators themselves. Messages and files are not centrally stored on a server.

Signal has the following characteristics:

  • encrypted messages and calls,
  • recommended by Edward Snowden,
  • communication can not be intercepted,
  • no ads or other commercial messages,
  • digital texts, photos and videos to send
  • also translated to Dutch,
  • mobile app available for Android and iOS.

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You can free download Signal and safe install the latest trial or new full version for Windows 10 (x32, 64 bit, 86) from the official site.

Devices: Desktop PC, Laptop (ASUS, HP, DELL, Acer, Lenovo, MSI), Ultrabook

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