If you’re like me, you care about your privacy. You probably don’t want anyone snooping through your conversations, reading your texts, or tracking your movements. That’s why I use Signal for all my messaging needs. But I know not everyone is as security-conscious as I am.
Many of my friends still use WhatsApp or other insecure messengers. So how do I convince them to switch to Signal? Should I tell them that even Edward Snowden uses it? Or that it’s recommended by security experts like Bruce Schneier?
The truth is, those arguments probably won’t work for most people. Instead, I try to focus on the benefits of using Signal that is most important to my friends. For example, I might point out that Signal is more convenient than WhatsApp because it doesn’t require a phone number. Or I might tell them about Signal’s new features, like disappearing messages or screen security.
What matters most is finding the arguments that will resonate with your friends. So take some time to think about what motivates them and what they care about. With a little effort, you should be able to convince even the most skeptical of your friends to switch to Signal. And once they’re on board, you can rest easy knowing that your conversations are secure and private.
But to make this process a little easier, I’ve included a bunch of suggestions on the kinds of things you can say to help convince them.
Signal is a more secure, private messenger than WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger
It’s important to note that WhatsApp is owned by Facebook. That means that Facebook can read your WhatsApp messages if it wants to.
WhatsApp has also been caught sharing user data with Facebook in the past. So if you’re concerned about your privacy, Signal is a better choice.
Signal is very easy to use and can be set up in minutes
One of the main reasons people don’t switch to Signal is because they think it’s too complicated. But that couldn’t be further from the truth!
Signal is just as easy to use as any other messenger. It might even be easier since there’s no need to create a separate account.
You can simply link Signal to your existing phone number and start messaging.
Signal provides end-to-end encryption for all messages, making them unreadable by anyone except the sender and receiver
This is perhaps the most important reason to switch to Signal.
End-to-end encryption means that your messages are encrypted before they ever leave your device. They can only be decrypted by the person you’re messaging.
Not even Signal can read your messages. That’s why Signal is such a secure, private messenger.
Signal has a desktop app, mobile app, and web app, so it’s available on almost any device
Another great thing about Signal is that it’s available on almost any platform.
There’s a Signal app for Android, iPhone, iPad, macOS, Windows, and Linux. And if you don’t want to install an app, you can use the web app instead.
This makes Signal a very versatile messenger. No matter what device you’re using, you can always stay in touch with your friends.
Signal is free and open-source, meaning that its code is publicly available for anyone to inspect
This is important for two reasons. First, it means that Signal can’t secretly collect your data because anyone can inspect the code and see what it’s doing.
Second, it means that Signal is a not-for-profit project. It’s developed by a team of volunteers who are dedicated to making a secure, private messenger.
Switching to Signal is a no-brainer.
Here are a few strategies I’ve used to convince my friends to switch to Signal:
Stressing the importance of privacy and security: This is probably the least effective approach, because people often don’t care about privacy, but you can try it anyway.
Many people don’t realize how easy it is for companies to collect their data. Once they understand the risks, they’re usually more willing to switch to a secure, private messenger, but they’ll need other “perks” beyond just better privacy.
Explaining that Signal is just as easy to use as other messengers: This is another good strategy, especially for people who are worried about the learning curve.
Once they realize that Signal is just as easy to use as WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, they’re usually more open to trying it out.
Showing them how Signal is available on almost any platform: This is a great strategy for people who have multiple devices or who travel often.
Signal’s availability on almost any platform is one of its best features.
Once people realize they can use Signal on their phone, tablet, and laptop, they’re usually more willing to switch.
Telling them you’ll only communicate using Signal: This is a great way to show your friends how serious you are about privacy and security.
It also shows that you’re willing to put in the effort to use a secure, private messenger. And surprisingly, forcing the issue and “bullying” people into using it works pretty well. I’ve gotten all but one of my friends and family using Signal since I adopted this strategy.
I hope this helps you convince some friends and family
I hope these strategies help you convince your friends to switch to Signal. It’s a great messenger and it’s worth the effort to make the switch.
If you have any other tips or tricks, please share them in the comments! I’m always looking for new ways to convince people to switch.
And if you’re not already using Signal, what are you waiting for? Download it today and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your conversations are private and secure.