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With Growth of Messaging Apps, Hackers Follow Suit
July 25th, 2016

With Growth of Messaging Apps, Hackers Follow Suit

Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are blowing up all over the world, to the tune of more than a billion users (that's a B, folks). These messaging apps help businesses collaborate and communicate with e...

Summary

Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are blowing up all over the world, to the tune of more than a billion users (that’s a B, folks). These messaging apps help businesses collaborate and communicate with employees and colleagues/clients, while also send and receive information.

But an article on blog.trendmicro.com, When communication tools get hacked: Cyber criminals target messaging apps, talks about how when there’s popularity in technology, there’s growing dangers:

Cyber criminals find new ways to intrude on people’s lives on a constant basis, and messaging apps provide them with the perfect opportunity to gain important information about the common user. By following best practices regarding app use and mobile cyber security, users can hopefully preclude any wrongdoing.

Case in point: Brazil recently banned WhatsApp, leaving users to find other apps to communicate with, including Telegram. But with that move, hackers followed suit, attacking the app and accessing personal information. And Brazil is not alone.

The problem has become so rampant that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is planning to create an “ultra-secure” messaging app for the U.S. military, according to The Hacker News. DARPA explained that by using standard encryption tools in addition to a decentralized protocol like Blockchain that would serve to prevent cyber attacks and surveillance.

We’re guessing you don’t have the resources of the U.S. military to fall back on, right? So what can you do to protect your data but still remain on the cutting edge of communication?

For starters, choose a trustworthy messaging app that has the backing of big pockets (WhatsApp and Messenger); but that’s not enough. You also need to implement your own security tools and plans to ensure your team is using these apps wisely.

When in doubt, turn to a professional in the field who can help you design a Unified Communications solution that’s both effective and safe.

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