So-called “cryptographic messengers” may carry security risks that you are not aware of.
Decided to crank up a couple of dark tricks? Very good, and in no case will we support or justify you. But still, the one who needs it will still go to sin, so we will give the guys information for maneuvers.
1. Telegram is not a safe solution. If you think that telegram is a universal means of anonymization, then you are mistaken. Firstly, if you are in a large chat, its owners can launch a bot to sort out phone numbers and gradually “sift through” all users from the chat to find out their number. Secondly, telegram can be hacked by “sim swapping” when hackers restore your SIM card through the operator, pretending to be you, and then go into TG and grab your account. Thirdly, Telegram stores all files, pictures, videos, presentations, etc., in one system folder, where all these files are unencrypted and accessible to any program or virus.
We don’t even mention that the telegram is no longer automatically blocked every time you exit the application by pressing the main key on the device, and it can also merge contacts from the phone into the application even after unlinking this phone from a specific Telegram account.
2. Signal Messenger is not a safe solution. Even Edward Snowden recommended Signal as a highly secure application that can protect your end-to-end negotiations. In fact, the messenger is subject to critical vulnerabilities. For example, its Android version allows hackers to call you and then pick up the phone instead of you, thus, as if starting a conversation.
If at this moment the user does not monitor the computer, he may not notice how the application began to record sounds around the device.
3. Viber, WhatsApp, Snapchat, LINE, Vipole and so on. These are certainly not the safest solutions. In particular, the latest application, which on the official website has neither authors, nor address, nor source code. But there is a chic design and pictures with promises of mega-privacy. Needless to say, mega-privacy is now becoming a trend due to the package of GDPR laws, so under this word they began to offer anything, and sometimes completely non-private technologies were wrapped in a privacy wrapper. For example, Viber does not follow you directly, but uses the option of backups to the clouds of third-party companies to still get your information.