Signal – Secure SMS Messenger Client
Do you want a Secure SMS Messenger Client so that you can swap text and instant messages with friends in the same app?
Every Friday I share one of my favourite finds of the week — a website, tool or an app that has impressed me.
My Friday Favourite this week is Signal – Secure SMS Messenger Client.
What is it?
Secure is an instant messaging app that incorporates SMS (Short Message Client — more commonly known on Smartphones as “text message”) so that you can exchange messages with friends on any platform.
How much does it cost?
Signal Messenger is free to use.
Secure SMS Messenger Client
In much the same way that it’s possible to send large attachments via email, but you really shouldn’t (as email wasn’t meant for large attachments) you can use SMS text messages to send pictures and other media, but there are much stronger methods of doing so.
Using tools like WhatsApp or Telegram Secure Messenger means that you can send pictures, video and audio for free to anyone in the world.
But if the recipient doesn’t have WhatsApp or Telegram installed, then you need to rely on SMS text messaging.
Most Europeans like myself are used to experiencing free SMS messages in their country. However, for us in the UK sending SMS messages internationally is still chargeable. So, if you have friends in the USA, Australia or other parts of the world, then you can quickly rack up a sizeable messaging bill.
Signal is a secure SMS Messenger client that will enable you to send secure text, pictures, video and audio for free to anybody who also uses Signal Messenger. But, if they don’t use Signal Messenger, then it will send the message as a plain-old text message.
Signal also allows you to receive standard SMS messages from anybody, as you normally would.
Many of the other Messenger platforms (such as Facebook Messenger) also allow you to allow them to “take over” the SMS function on your Smartphone. Signal, however, incorporates SMS messaging in the most seamlessly way I’ve yet found.
You can also use Signal to make and receive voice and video calls to anybody else who uses Signal. You can do this without incurring any call charges.
The Signal messenger code is open-source and highly secure, meaning your messages and calls won’t fall into the wrong hands.
You can also use group messaging within Signal, and set Signal messages to disappear after a certain interval.
In an ideal world, everybody would use a single messaging system like Signal. Until then, SMS will remain a necessity but Signal will allow you to manage all your messages in one app.
How can I get it?
Signal is available for Android, iPhone and Desktop systems (Windows, Mac and Linux).
You can find out more and download Signal from the Signal homepage.