Just a week after Facebook’s popular messaging app WhatsApp’s hacking fiasco, another data leak scandal, this time involving Instagram, hit the news. A massive database containing private information of over 49 million users including high profile celebrities, influencers, and brands was discovered online and anyone could access it even without a password.
With security breaches constantly making headlines these days, people have become so much more concerned about online privacy, and the dangers of data hacking and identity theft. With the world marking Internet Safety Month this June, online security is at the top of everyone’s mind. In a poll conducted recently by Viber Philippines, people were asked to rate their concern for cyber safety from a scale of 1 to 5. 76% responded with a 5, saying that they only use safe and encrypted apps. This goes to show that Filipinos value their online security now more than ever.
It’s fitting, then, to put together a list of security features you need in your messaging app to ensure your online privacy and security.
Keep things on the down low
Messaging apps should provide users with a Secret Chat feature, which allows you to set a self-destruct timer for every message you send. You’ll also be alerted whenever someone takes a screenshot of your chat, allowing you to keep tabs on your data.
Say goodbye to unwanted company
An option to block people you don’t want to receive messages or calls from and add you to any group, like a Block Messages feature, is handy for easily blocking unknown numbers or people who send you annoying, spam messages or calls.
Safeguard yourself against impostors
For an added level of security, make sure that your messaging app has the Trusted Contacts feature, which lets you verify the identity of the person you are chatting with right in your chat info screen. You can authenticate that the person you’re chatting with is who they say they are. Plus, you’ll also be notified in case your friends change their contact details!
Protect your messages from prying eyes
End-to-end encryption is the holy grail of a secure messaging app. Choose a chat app with end-to-end encryption by default, not just as a special feature, so only you and the people you’re communicating with will be able to read your messages. With end-to-end encryption, your conversations are guarded against falling into the wrong hands, since it translates the message you send into a coded message until your intended recipient gets it. It’s also of the utmost importance to choose apps that don’t store your data without permission. These apps keep valuable information like your contacts and your communication patterns without you knowing.
Another item to tick off for messaging apps? Being able to lock your account on the desktop. You can’t help but be away from y0ur desk throughout the day, so choose a chat app that allows you to set up a lock code or auto-lock your screen to prevent others from accessing your account or reading your messages whenever you aren’t at your computer!
While many social networking sites and messaging apps have intensified privacy measures to give users peace of mind, it’s still important to note which security features can protect you from the prying eyes of hackers and corporations.
As one of the country’s top communications apps, Viber prioritizes its users’ data privacy worldwide with a 360-degree security system that includes but not limited to end-to-end encryption, delete messages, block messages, and trusted contacts features to allow everyone to connect safely and securely.
As we connect and build strong relationships with our friends and family, Viber continues to find better and safer ways for us to communicate every day, providing powerful features that protect our privacy and security.
About Rakuten Viber:
At Rakuten Viber, we connect people. No matter who they are, or where they are from. Our global user base has access to a range of features like one-on-one chats, video calls, group messaging, and updates and discussions with their favorite brands and celebrities. We ensure our users have a secure and free environment to share their emotions.
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