11 things you can do on Signal that you cannot on WhatsApp
Register on Signal using a virtual phone number and without using your real phone number
Signal doesn’t track your contact book or links your phone number to create your digital profile. Of course, it requires a phone number for initial registration, but the good news is that you can use a virtual phone number to verify the OTP. Use any virtual phone number app like TextNow to register on Signal and then enable a PIN to take control of your account.
Don’t use a display picture and don’t use your real name
While signing up on Signal, don’t put your own photo as a display picture and don’t use your real name to get the utmost privacy. You can do the same on WhatsApp too but the fact that you have been using WhatsApp for so long, the metadata is already stored and linked to your digital profile. So, even if you decide to suddenly change your name and photo it would be less effective.
Enable PIN and Registration lock under Privacy settings
Your Signal account is not linked to your phone number. The beauty of using Signal is that the account is linked to a PIN that only you are aware of. This makes tracking users difficult. For added security, go to Privacy settings and turn on ‘Registration lock’. This prevents unauthorised access to your Signal from a different device.
Disable ‘Use system contact photos’ option under Appearance
Go to ‘Use system contact photos’ option under Appearance Settings and disable it. This will prevent your default contact book pictures from showing on Signal…Read more>>