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?