Privacy and security is a rising concern with the increasing ease in hacks and leaks. Many companies have access to our private data, and can give enough dirt to any unruly person to create havoc. In a PSA of sorts, Kaspersky has dug into the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s secure messaging scorecard which scores several apps on the basis of privacy and security, and has listed out eleven of the most unsecured mobile and Internet messaging apps in the ecosystem. Also Read - Govt brings Sandes instant messaging app to counter WhatsApp
The apps are ranked on the basis of seven points which are specifically designed to measure which services offer the best or worst protection against government surveillance, criminal snooping and corporate data collection. Here’s the curated list of apps that are consistently not following best practices. Also Read - Happy Friendship Day 2021: How to send Friendship Day wishes Stickers on WhatsApp
Mxit and QQ mobile messengers:
These messenger apps are the worst protected and are not even encrypted. Even though they are not very mainstream, the apps are not recommended for use as anybody can read your conversations. Your communications on both apps, can be viewed in plain text by anyone, as they travel from sender to recipient without any encryption. Also Read - Snapchat celebrates Friendship Day with new Lenses: Here's how to use it
Yahoo Messenger, Skype, BBM and AIM:
These apps only encrypt user communications while in transit. This means that the concerned companies can read your messages or hand them over to law enforcement if they choose to do so. This lack of encryption can also allow network carriers to read your messages if they want to, which is a clear case of privacy breach.
Snapchat, Google Hangout, Viber, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp:
These apps are relatively more secure than the one’s mentioned above for they encrypt data in transit and even conduct regular audit. But they still fail on all other five points that the scorecard looks at for complete transparency.
The report however states, that WhatsApp will get more secure in the coming months as just this week, the messenger partnered with Open Whisper Systems, adding default encryption to its Android app. Whisper Systems’ Signal, RedPhone, SilentText and SilentPhone offerings passed on all seven checks on the score card, and now that WhatsApp has partnered with them, security on the hugely popular app will amp up. At the moment though, the crypto is only implemented on Android devices for one-on-one communications, therefore iPhone devices and group message security still hangs in the grey area.