Viewing a single comment thread. View all comments

lautreamont wrote (edited )

I can't wrap around my head why privacy-minded ppl are still talking about the spooky Signal, while I never hear anything about Briar, which is GPL 3, end2end encryption, and also not fucking depending on your cell phone number... as it allows for either data, wifi and bluetooth connections.

1

avbeav wrote

Had a skeg at Briar. It appears to only work for smartphones, specifically those running Android. As limited as it is, at least Signal has Signal Desktop going for it.

2

stoned_chief wrote

Signal is super easy to use and available on all platforms. Briar is still experimental and only for Android. It has potential, but it can't yet replace other messengers. Once versions come out for Linux and hopefully iOS and it's eventually audited, Briar could replace something like Signal.

1

kano wrote

I'm unaware so please any links/ explanations about the spookiness of signal would be helpful thanks. Been making extensive use of that as it seemed to me that they have a solid end to end encryption and definitely compared to whatsapp, a way less intrusive metadata collection.

1

lautreamont wrote

It has background processes interacting with other communication apps like SMS and your unencrypted list of contacts.

Also it is based on cell phones numbers, afaik.

1

lautreamont wrote

It has background processes interacting with other communication apps like SMS and your unencrypted list of contacts.

Also it is based on cell phones numbers, afaik.

1