back to article Crypto chat app Signal's disappearing messages found hiding on macOS

Encrypted chat app Signal's disappearing messages may not actually vanish on Apple Macs, thanks to the way the encrypted messaging software interacts with the macOS Notification Center. On Tuesday, security researcher Alec Muffett noted: "If you are using the @signalapp desktop app for Mac, check your notifications bar; …

  1. John H Woods Silver badge

    Cant you just have...

    ... a notification that there is a message, rather than the content itself? That's how the Android App works.

    1. cbars
      Paris Hilton

      Re: Cant you just have...

      what is wrong with you? Then you'd have to go and check the app itself! You know how long that takes?

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Cant you just have...

      I don't know how it works in macOS, but in iOS you can set notifications for iMessage to either preview the message, or just say you have a message (a friend of mine calls it "cheating husband mode", perhaps because she's a still-bitter divorcee...)

      The idea that messages can be "disappearing" is silly, it is easy to preserve the messages if you want regardless of what the software wants to do or what platform it is on.

      1. Tessier-Ashpool

        Re: Cant you just have...

        macOS, like iOS, does have fine-grain control over which applications will preview notifications, and under what circumstances.

    3. Rustbucket

      Re: Cant you just have...

      What information is stored depends on your settings.

      https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/05/signals-disappearing-messages-live-on-in-macos-notifications/

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