Looking to ditch Facebook messenger for all my communication needs (I hate having to admit that is how I contact people).
Need something that's secure, trustworthy and easy-to-use (if I'm to convince non-techy friends to use it).
I've heard great things about Signal but seems Too Good To Be True™️.
What messaging platforms would you suggest?
@stuts signal. It really is great
@gomesteixeira Have you tried Signal too? How would you say they compare?
Luckily the name wasn't new to me thanks to this list - https://fossbytes.com/best-secure-encrypted-messaging-apps/ - although WhatsApp is on that list so that's why I'm not fully trusting it!
@stuts I have tried Signal a few years ago, so probably don't remember it well, but I think Signal requires you to sign-up with a phone number. Wickr doesn't require anything to sign-up, but because of that, it also doesn't offer password/account recovery.
@stuts honestly, Signal is your best bet there. There is the drawback, though, that you MUST have a phone number to use it (and you have to know other peoples' numbers to add them as contacts). That might be a big problem if any of your Facebook contacts don't have or don't want to share that particular bit of personal info.
@stuts I've managed to get a bunch of non-geek friends and family to use #Wire. I've never used FB Messenger, so I have no idea if it covers all the same features. I do know that you can lose messages if you don't login for a while. Also, storage of shared photos/ files isn't long term persistent, which is a privacy feature and keeps storage costs down, but if you want to include shared storage of stuff like family photos/ videos, maybe try a #NextCloud instance that includes NextCloud Talk?
@strypey Very interesting and sounds like a useful ephemeral communication resource, will take a look. Thanks!
@codeHaiku I did notice this one has cross-device support which is certainly a feature I'd like! Does it require a phone number/email to sign up?
@stuts Only when you first sign up. I use Signal and Telegram. Signal is best for video calls. Telegram is best at everything else.
I have been using signal for a year. It works well as a Facebook messenger replacement. My major gripe is that you can't easily share things with multiple contacts - things have to be shared one by one.
It also wants your phone number for registration.
@solaslux Hmmm, group chats are certainly a selling point to me. Doesn't count Signal out, will still give it a go, but I like to have one message stream to chat to family...
Oh, you can have group chats. My gripe is more specific. Like in messenger, you can share a picture and the dialogue allows you time select multiple contacts at once not so in signal.
@solaslux Ahhh, thanks for clarifying!
@ITwrx Phew, there's a lot of new words and techs in there to have a look at. I'll be sure to do a dig into it!
Ideally trying to avoid running my own server for things (lazy foss boy!) but certainly not out of the consideration in the future when I try to consolidate all the various lil snippets of hosting and things I've got spread around the internet... 😅
@ITwrx All very good points, thanks for the overwhelming amount of options and paths!
@stuts If you have the number of your contacts use Signal, if you don't want to share that info, use Wire where you have a profile and connect to people by searching for their @ name
Signal is good. Wire is very good. I use XMPP, but non technical friends may resent having to select a server.
@stuts signal, telegram, wire would be my recommendations, in that order. All are extremely simple to set up. Install, login, send messages.
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