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Are The Messaging Applications Secure As They Should Be?

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How much are your private messages and photos, media worth to you? Well, your private data could actually be worth a lot more than you think! As such, the importance of proper security on your favourite messaging application is paramount, else your data is probably going to be a goldmine for anyone interested!

Some of the most widely used messaging apps in the world, including Google Hangouts, Facebook chat, Yahoo Messenger and Snapchat, flunked a best-practices security test by advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
The EFF did not perform vulnerability assessments or in-depth technical analyses of the encryption implementations in the reviewed products. Instead it judged them based on principles and features it felt are necessary to protect communications from widespread Internet surveillance by governments, which includes data collection in transit or from online service providers.

So what is so surprising?

Of the mass-market products, Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime scored the highest, failing on only two requirements — the availability of code for independent review and the out-of-band contact identity verification. This means they don’t currently provide complete protection against sophisticated, targeted forms of surveillance, the EFF said.

Well, so what do you guys think?

Via techworld

Secure Messaging Scorecard (image via https://www.eff.org)

5 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Where did BBM score in this test?

  2. This score card is the biggest crock of crap I have ever seen. Serious agenda here by the EFF. Hum lets pick columns that only open source could every accomplish and lets ignore the biggest reason for security. Even the column “Can you verify contacts’ identities?” well is that security? if you send me a PIN I get it so its secure to me but yes you have no idea who me is on the other end but is that not a security feature for me?? I can remain anonymous? again this list is a crock of crap.

  3. You do realize that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is funded and/or supported by Apple. This test is complete BS.

    No instant messaging platform is more secure than BBM. NONE.

    • Nick lets not throw statements out that are crazy and no facts here. EFF is a non profit so it doe snot matter if Apple help funds it or BlackBerry it makes no difference and please educate yourself on BBM as it is NOT the most secure messaging platform out there. BlackBerry if they are presented with a warrant can access your messages on their server.. the only thing that is secure is BES traffic to and from a device using MDS. Please don’t just assume BlackBerry = 100% secure everything it does. Arm your self with information and understand how it works before making statements like that as it makes BlackBerry look bad

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