WhatsApp to be or not to be? That is the dilemma

WhatsApp is undoubtedly the most useful messaging platform, and is perhaps one of the few applications that can be found on phones around the globe. Today it has more than 2 billion users in 180 countries.

However, it seems that this reign is under serious threat. Its popularity may be significantly reduced as a result of a new privacy policy. The notification sent to its users mentions key updates on how the company processes data, how they can use Facebook’s hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats, and how the company partners with Facebook to offer integrations across its products.

The new terms of WhatsApp and its privacy policy will take effect on February 8, 2021. Users must accept these terms and changes in order to continue using them. Basically, WhatsApp is leaving its users with no other option.

In the words of WhatsApp: “We can use the information we receive from them (Facebook), and in turn they can use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, personalize, support and market our services and their offers, including Facebook Company Products ”.

And he adds: “The information we share with the other Facebook companies includes your account registration (such as your phone number), transaction data, information related to the service, information about how you interact with others (including companies) When you use our services, information from mobile devices, your IP address, and may include other information identified in the section of Privacy Policy entitled ‘Information we collect’ or obtained through notification or based on your consent, “it adds.

And what happens if you don’t accept? Well, you will have to move to another messaging platform such as Signal, Telegram, iMessage, Google Messages, Line or WeChat, to name a few or even use your mobile phone again, like a phone.

As you will see, there are quite a few alternatives when it comes to messaging applications and services, but if privacy and security are your key concerns, then the field is narrower. And that is why Signal and Telegram seem to be the best alternative, their function and appearance is very similar to that of WhatsApp, but they have some differences that are worth considering.

Each has its strengths and weaknesses, its benefits and its drawbacks, but they have something in common: encryption. This means that the messages they send are encrypted, so even if someone manages to intercept them, they will be unreadable.

Signal rose to fame thanks to Edward Snowden, who revealed that it was his preferred messaging tool, for its security, because it has end-to-end encryption and ensures users that no one but the sender and recipient can see the messages, as well as the time they will be available. In essence, self-destructive messages can be created that become completely inaccessible to anyone, after the period of their choice.

Group chats can include a practically unlimited number of people, although for particularly large ones, sending can be slower. Being an open source project, Signal is not only free, but it is also subject to great scrutiny, so there is virtually no chance of anything adverse getting into the code. This non-profit organization points out that “there are no advertisements, no affiliate marketers, no harassing tracking; it would be a lot to ask beyond that in terms of privacy. “

As for Telegram, although it is very similar to WhatsApp, in its case, it is cross-platform. It offers an extremely fast messaging service and has real-time support. Users can send images, audio and video as part of their messages, it is highly reliable and does not consume a large amount of data.

It’s completely free, there are no usage costs after a certain period, and it has unlimited cloud storage, so you will never lose shared data and can access it from more than one device. It keeps messages safe from hacker attacks, you can connect from most remote locations, coordinate groups of up to 5,000 members, and it won’t share your IP or phone number.

Well, we are in an election year and now you will have to make one more decision. Here are three real options. Then wish that there is more information available so that you can choose the one that best suits your tastes and needs. Just remember that the fatal date is February 8.