For those who are serious about privacy, you would be familiar with messaging services that use end-to-end encryption. Signal is the one that is favoured by privacy activist Edward Snowden but unlike many popular messaging services like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, it didn't support desktop use. We have some good news. Signal Desktop has come out of beta and is now publicly available. Here's are the details.
The Signal Desktop app is only compatible with Google's Chrome browser for now and has been in beta for a few months now.
Desktop support is highly valued by individuals who work across multiple devices. Hopefully, with the introduction of Signal for desktops it will encourage more people to take encryption seriously and move onto platforms where their digital communication can't be intercepted easily.
As Open Whisper Systems noted:
"As always, everything is end-to-end encrypted and painstakingly engineered in order to keep your communication safe — allowing you to send high-quality private group, text, picture, and video messages for free."
WhatsApp has also recently taken privacy to the next level on their messaging service and has turned on end-to-end encryption for every message sent through its app.
You can get Signal Private Messenger on the Chrome browser over at the Chrome Web Store.