Crypto archeology

Crypto archeology

You do not have permission from Amazon to use Souq. Long before we knew that it would be called Crypto archeology, we knew what we wanted it to be.

Instead of teaching the rest of the world cryptography, we wanted to see if we could develop cryptography that worked for the rest of the world. At the time, the industry consensus was largely that encryption and cryptography would remain unusable, but we started Signal with the idea that private communication could be simple. In collaboration with Signal, Microsoft is introducing a Private Conversations feature in Skype, powered by Signal Protocol. Today’s Signal beta for iOS includes support for animated GIF search. Signal iOS has long supported sending and receiving GIFs, but today’s beta adds support for browsing and searching popular GIFs from within Signal. Signal Desktop is now available in a new, standalone form, and the Chrome App has been deprecated.

Today’s beta release of Signal for Android and iOS includes support for read receipts. This is an optional new feature that gives you the ability to see and share when messages have been read. At Signal, we’ve been thinking about the difficulty of private contact discovery for a long time. We’ve been working on strategies to improve our current design, and today we’ve published a new private contact discovery service. The latest Signal beta for Android and iOS introduces support for Signal Profiles.

Profiles allow you to add a picture and display name that will be shown alongside your existing phone number when communicating with other users. Group threads will be less confusing. The latest Signal beta includes some changes to the way safety numbers work. We recently released encrypted video calling as an opt-in beta.

We’ve spent the past month collecting feedback and addressing the issues that the Signal community found in order to get it ready for production. Today’s Signal release for Android and iOS enables support for end-to-end encrypted video calls by default, which also greatly enhances the quality of Signal voice calls as well. We think it’s a big improvement, and hope you will to. Today’s Signal release for Android and iOS includes beta support for video calls.

This represents an entirely new calling infrastructure for Signal, and should increase voice call quality as well. We think it’s a big improvement, but we’re rolling it out in stages to collect feedback from people with different devices, networks, and regions in order to ensure there are no surprises when it’s enabled for everyone by default. The latest Signal for Android release includes support for adding doodles, stickers, and text to images. This release also includes support for censorship circumvention in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. The latest Signal release includes some changes to the way safety numbers work. Safety numbers allow Signal users to verify the privacy of their communication with a contact, either by comparing a number or by scanning a single QR code. We recently introduced this new design as an update to Signal’s previous UX, which we felt was no longer adequate for what people had come to expect from Signal.

The latest Signal release for Android includes support for GIF search and browsing. Signal has long supported sending and receiving GIFs, but this is an experiment that allows users to browse, search, and select popular GIFs from within Signal. We recently received a great bug report from Jean-Philippe Aumasson and Markus Vervier, who identified a problem with the way that image, audio, and video attachments are processed by the Signal for Android code. Facebook Messenger has started rolling out Secret Conversations, a feature that enables end-to-end encryption for conversations within Messenger.