Signal, the encrypted chat app, has added a few new features for users who want to keep their chats private. Anyone can now select a default timer for disappearing messages in the app, and the settings will be applied to any newly started conversations.
Initially, users had to activate the option and choose an interval for each individual conversation, which made it much easier to neglect the extra privacy feature if you had a lot of chats engaged simultaneously. However, now once the certain period of time has elapsed, Signal’s disappearing messages option deletes chats for both the sender and receiver.
Moxie Marlinspike Tweeted :
Shout out to everyone who’s been asking for this for a while.
Now you can set a default disappearing message timer in Signal. All new groups you create or new conversations you initiate will be preconfigured with it. https://t.co/QGWv6DTx6V
— Moxie Marlinspike (@moxie) August 10, 2021
Default and Customized Timers
Signal has as well expanded the during for how long disappearing messages remain visible before vanishing. Users of the Signal Messaging app can now choose between intervals of up to four weeks and as short as 30 seconds. In the app’s custom time options, you can even decrease it to a single second.
It’s vital to know that disappearing messages vanish from the user interface, but that doesn’t imply they’ve gone vanished for good. Whatever you post on the internet has the potential to live on endlessly through screenshots or someone taking a photo of an app’s interface with another device.
You may also enable disappearing messages for Note To Self to create a type of temporary cross-device personal clipboard.
In a blog post, the organization stated, “This is not for situations where your contact is your adversary.”
Signal urges its users to be aware of this, stressing that the disappearing message options are preferable for conserving storage space and limiting conversation history, just in case.
To date, the Signal messaging app remains one of the most popular end-to-end encrypted messaging platform.
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