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When creating an account on Signal Messenger it requires a phone number, is there a way to disable this and just create an account? The fact that it requires a phone number exposes myself to people that have me in their contacts as its not really private from what it seems.

What stops a hacker from adding my phone number to his contacts to find out who I am?

Or is there another similar messenger like signal with encryption that doesn't require a number?

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  • Welcome to Software Recommendations! Please note this site is about recommending software, not assets or resources like howtos, manuals/tutorials, etc – so all but your last paragraph do not really fit here. As for the latter: what OS must it run on, and what is your price limit in case of paid solutions? – Izzy Jan 15 at 18:19

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