‘This includes helping improve infrastructure and delivery systems, understanding how our Services or theirs are used, securing systems, and fighting spam, abuse, or infringement activities.’
This move has left many WhatsApp users concerned and searching for a more secure messaging platform. Most messaging apps today are relatively safe since they use encryption when sending messages.
On iOS, this fact makes such applications really quite reliable. However, it’s worth remembering that the user may face an attack on the device or an attempt by attackers to infect it.
That’s why, on Android, the situation is a bit different, since, for example, there is a built-in Accessibility Service. That’s why, in order to protect data, Kaspersky recommends that mobile device users adhere to the following rules:
- Don’t download messengers and other programmes from third-party sources. Use only official application marketplaces.
- If possible, acquaint yourself with the user agreement. There are situations when the developer of the app openly warns that they may share user data with third-parties.
- Do not follow suspicious links from messages, even if they were sent to you by your friends.
- Use security solutions when possible on your mobile devices.
- Pay attention to which permissions downloaded applications request. If the requested permission is not necessary for the full functioning of the application, then there is a reason to be wary. For example, the flashlight app clearly doesn’t need access to the microphone.
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