People are finding it increasingly difficult to imagine any alternative communication channel due to the ease and convenience of instant messaging apps. WeChat, WhatsApp and Signal are the most popular mobile messaging apps in the world. These messaging apps are relied on heavily by various industries, including the stock market and business; this means that there is a demand for high levels of security.
Most IM apps have different methods of protecting data privacy. These applications offer a variety of services, including end-to-end encryption and two-factor authentication. WhatsApp call recording and manual or automatic deletion.
Watching out for Vulnerabilities
Individuals and organizations are looking for vulnerabilities in these IM applications, as IMs are protected using the previously mentioned systems. Computer Emergency Response Team India (CERT-In) responds to any computer security incidents that occur. They issued a “high” severity rating advisory to WhatsApp Business and WhatsApp Business v.220.127.116.11 users on Android and iOS.
CERT-In discovered multiple vulnerabilities that could allow cybercriminals access to “sensitive types information on a targeted system.” The group advised WhatsApp users to update their IM apps to the most recent version to remove the threat.
Cellebrite, another company, created a way to access Signal, a highly secure instant messaging application. The company reviewed Signal compliance and took appropriate measures to prevent any future attempts. Cellebrite, a company that assists private and public investigators with digital investigation cases, is located in Israel.
Signal, WhatsApp, Telegram, and Telegram all provide end-to-end encryption for their security. While security protocols can protect privacy and security, it is best to be vigilant when using mobile messaging apps. Mobile phone users are encouraged to regularly read about messaging applications and the best way on how to use them to also increase awareness about their digital privacy.
Continue reading this infographic to learn more about security protocols for IM apps.