When it comes to private messaging apps, there are a few key contenders vying for the top spot. Two of the most popular options you can download and use are Signal and Kraden. Both apps offer a great deal in terms of features and privacy, but which is the better choice?
To help you decide, we've put together a comparison of the two apps. Hopefully this comparison will help you find the best choice and get more privacy for your daily personal and/or professional lives.
Signal - overview of the app
Signal is a cross-platform app that was created with the intention of providing users with more privacy and security than traditional messaging apps. It was somewhat of a pioneer and trailblazer in this sense. The app uses end-to-end encryption, meaning that your messages are encrypted before they leave your device and can only be decrypted by the intended recipient.
As you can see, Signal is growing in popularity and collects at least a few million new installs each month. However, once more capable and advanced apps came to the scene, the number of downloads has started to diminish.
Signal was the first to introduce standardized E2E encryption protocols and algorithms, which are now used by many other apps. Hence they're called the Signal protocol.
This means that your conversations on Signal are secure from prying eyes, whether they be the government, your internet service provider, or anyone else who might try to snoop on your conversations. However, the app is far from perfect and does have a few areas that it is lacking, when we are discussing serious requirements for privacy.
Kraden - overview of the app
Kraden is a versatile messaging app that has been designed with privacy as its main focus. The app uses end-to-end encryption (just like Signal), in order to keep your messages safe and secure. However, Kraden goes a step further by also encrypting your metadata and enforcing Zero Storage architecture. Zero Storage means that Kraden developers are not storing anything that concerns your personal info and data on the servers.
One of the most important features making Kraden so secure is the AES-256 encryption standard. It's amongst the leading cryptographic solutions in the world. Organizations like the US government and top financial institutions also use it to encrypt their data. We wrote an entire blog about it, so have a read to see why it’s important to your digital security (Click here to read about it
Whereas Signal is more oriented towards mass use, Kraden operates as a more refined solution. It’s aimed at users that genuinely care about their privacy below the surface. It's a truly, 100% anonymous messenger, whereas Signal is not. Even though Signal can be labeled as a private messenger app, it is inferior to Kraden in this regard.
Kraden pros over Signal
Truly anonymous sign-up process
First and foremost, Kraden won't ask for your telephone number during the sign-up process. You don't need to provide any personal information whatsoever. Not even an email address, physical address or anything else. You can sign up with complete anonymity and proceed to finalize your subscription paying with crypto, leaving absolutely 0 trace of your personal info. Our Whitepaper has more information about the way Kraden ensures anonymity for users. Check it out to see how we ensure anonymous chatting - click here
Instead of asking for your phone number, we generate an untraceable random ID, but it isn't in any way associated with your personal information.
On the other hand, Signal will ask you for your telephone number in order to verify your account. As you may now, your phone number can be used to trace you, hence the process isn't entirely safe.
Truly anonymous messaging
Kraden doesn’t need your phone number and you can sign up 100% anonymously. Zero storage means that no messages or content is stored on our servers, no matter what. Your message history is also encrypted, meaning no one from the outside can read it.
Remote wipe feature
Kraden has a remote wipe feature, which allows you to erase all your data from your device with just one click. This means that even if someone were to hack into your device or were forcing you to disclose some private information they wouldn't be able to access any data as it would have been wiped clean, remotely.
The wipe is triggered via a single click on our website. If your device and account is connected to the internet, the wipe is triggered automatically or the next time you go online and your app connects to our servers. There’s also the inactivity wipe. It automatically deletes your account after a certain period of inactivity.
Signal does not offer remote wipe functionality. So, if your device were to get into the wrong hands or you were forced to disclose your private information, the person in question would have access to all of your conversations, shared files and everything else. It could put you in a lot of trouble.
Calculator unlock mode
Kraden has a unique calculator unlock mode. It allows you to hide your app icon from plain sight. To an unaware observer, it will seem like you just have a regular calculator in your app drawer or app window. Once you open it, the interface looks and acts like a normal calculator. However, if you enter a secret code, the interface takes you to the Kraden app.
This means that even if someone were to go through your device or look for something, they likely wouldn't even be able to locate Kraden or know that you’ve installed it. The app is hidden in plain sight.
Signal doesn't have this feature, so if someone were to go through your device they would be able to see that you are using Signal and also access all of your conversations without too much trouble.
Unlimited file transfers
Signal limits file transfers, whereas Kraden does not enforce any limits. This means that Kraden users can send and receive files of any size without any restrictions. The worst thing about Signal limits on file transfers is that it depends on the device that you're using as well as file type.
Check out the table below to see file sharing limits for Signal and Kraden users.
Kraden is able to offer unlimited file sharing thanks to P2P connectivity between users. This means that there are no servers involved in file transfers, and the sharing happens from one device to another, directly. So, the only limit is the speed of your internet connection. You can share images, videos, PDFs, compiled files, renderings, huge projects, archives and everything else.
Kraden vs Signal: final app comparison
As you can see, Kraden has several advantages over Signal. If you're looking for a truly anonymous messenger that offers more security and privacy features, then Kraden is the right choice. Even though both apps share some of the same technology and algorithms, Signal only offers a fraction of privacy and anonymity that Kraden is able to provide for its users.
It is because of these comparisons and facts that we can conclude and strongly claim that even though both apps are oriented towards more privacy and secure messaging, Kraden does a better job at it. For any privacy-focused user, Kraden offers more polished technical solutions, plenty of very user-oriented features and more flexibility to handle daily personal and professional challenges. Kraden is genuinely anonymous while Signal stores more data on you that can, theoretically, in case of a hack, lead back to you. So, choose wisely and if you value your privacy, opt for Kraden right away!