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Introducing Signal PINs: a method of storing some account data (profile, settings, etc.) securely on Signal servers in case you lose or switch devices

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  1. Gaywallet
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    I've been wondering why they pushed that so aggressively through the UI in the last several weeks. If they had told me WHY they wanted me to create a pin I probably would have found the ever...

    I've been wondering why they pushed that so aggressively through the UI in the last several weeks. If they had told me WHY they wanted me to create a pin I probably would have found the ever present pop-up (well, at least until you set up a PIN) a little less annoying.

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  2. 9000
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    Is there a list anywhere of what exactly is backed up via Signal Pins and what is backed up via the normal backup method? I assume the amount of data protected by the pin is relatively small, at...

    Is there a list anywhere of what exactly is backed up via Signal Pins and what is backed up via the normal backup method? I assume the amount of data protected by the pin is relatively small, at least compared to potentially a GB or more of message backups, but does anyone know of a list that explicitly describes what is in each?

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  3. Keegan
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    I'm the most excited about this. It would make it much easier to switch fully rather than just dabbling in it for a day then switching back. I've been using Google Messages lately (much of my...

    PINs will also help facilitate new features like addressing that isn’t based exclusively on phone numbers

    I'm the most excited about this. It would make it much easier to switch fully rather than just dabbling in it for a day then switching back.
    I've been using Google Messages lately (much of my friend group and family now has RCS) but there is a constant thought in my mind about the lack of end-to-end encryption on RCS right now. I've heard that it is supposed to come soon™, but I don't even know if that feature is actually planned or not. Google Messages is also much more reliable for me when it comes to SMS and MMS. Particulary with sending and loading MMS, Signal... struggles.

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