1. 1khalid's Avatar
    Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Apple's iMessage scored top marks for security

    Snapchat, Skype, BBM not protecting users' privacy, says Amnesty International - Technology & Science - CBC News

    Major messaging services like Snapchat, Skype and BlackBerry's BBM are not taking basic steps to ensure privacy, according to Amnesty International.

    The organization said this failure has serious human rights repercussions since it leaves users, and particularly activists, vulnerable to spying from cybercriminals and government agencies.

    "If you think instant messaging services are private, you are in for a big surprise," Sherif Elsayed-Ali, the head of Amnesty International's technology and human rights team, said in a news release.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/so...edia-1.3801614

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    "Young people, the most prolific sharers of personal details and photos over apps like Snapchat, are especially at risk," he added.

    The organization conducted a privacy assessment of the most popular messaging apps in the world. Some of the other apps included in the report are Facebook's messaging service and WhatsApp, Apple's iMessage and Facetime, Google's Allo, Duo and Hangouts, Tencent's QQ and Wechat, and Telegram.

    Facebook and Apple scored the highest for having the best security. China-based Tencent came in last, with Blackberry and Snapchat also bringing up the rear.

    Encryption should be 'minimum requirement'

    Amnesty's main concern with many of the services is that they do not have what's known as end-to-end encryption set as the default.

    End-to-end encryption is considered secure because only the people communicating with each other can read a message. Encryption scrambles data and therefore blocks anyone who may try to intercept or surreptitiously read a message (unless they peer over a person's shoulder).

    In some cases, like with BlackBerry, encryption is only offered as a paid service. It's not offered at all on Snapchat, Skype (owned by Microsoft), or on Tencent's apps.

    Amnesty says this should be considered a "minimum requirement" and not just a nice add-on for tech companies.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/fa...ions-1.3670314

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/wh...tion-1.3522820

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    More than 100 million people use Snapchat every day, and two billion people use Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

    The companies were also ranked on how transparent they are when it comes to communicating their security policies to users.

    While some companies say they take security seriously, their actions say otherwise.

    "Although it has a strong policy commitment towards privacy, in practice [Snapchat] does not do enough to protect its users' privacy," said Amnesty International.

    'Secret' Facebook messages

    http://i.cbc.ca/1.3814264.1476991710...versations.PNG

    Facebook scored highest because WhatsApp deploys end-to-end encryption as a default. The company also recently rolled out its new "secret" messages feature which uses end-to-end encryption.

    But Facebook's Messenger, when not in "secret" mode, does not encrypt messages.

    Apple also scored well because it provides encryption on iMessage and Facetime. But the Amnesty report said the company needs to do more to ensure its users know that SMS messages are less secure than iMessages, which are between two iMessage users.

    https://assets.documentcloud.org/doc...n-Rankings.pdf
    Last edited by 1khalid; 10-21-16 at 06:54 AM. Reason: add link
    10-21-16 06:44 AM
  2. Dunt Dunt Dunt's Avatar
    Good to know....

    Is sad how far BBM has fallen in peoples minds as being "secure". Still a good product, but they have allowed others to offer services that they charge for.
    10-21-16 07:05 AM
  3. ohaiguise's Avatar
    Here's another example of how short-sighted greed (rushing to 'monetize', splashing with adverts and charging for basic features) alienates your few remaining customers. Let's see how long users of BB-branded Android get free security updates before Chen starts wanting to 'monetize' that as well.
    10-21-16 07:10 AM
  4. Old_Mil's Avatar
    IMessage does a good job. Snapchat is known not to be secure or private as is Skype.

    I have a hard time believing that facebook or whatsapp ranks above BBM (...and does this compare BBM or BBM protected to the others?) unless there has been a dramatic philosophical shift at Blackberry under Chen.

    Another one of Chen's mistakes was not providing BBM protected and cross platform BBM audio and video chat to users out of the box.
    10-21-16 08:15 AM
  5. Dunt Dunt Dunt's Avatar
    IMessage does a good job. Snapchat is known not to be secure or private as is Skype.

    I have a hard time believing that facebook or whatsapp ranks above BBM unless there has been a dramatic philosophical shift at Blackberry under Chen.

    Posted via CB10
    Have you heard of authorities using whatsapp and facebook messenger communications to prosecute criminals? For Amnesty International... the term criminal isn't as clear cut as some of us think it is.

    BBM Protect is a great, secure IM product. BBM basic is in today's world, behind the curve when it comes to security.
    10-21-16 08:23 AM
  6. Ecm's Avatar
    Please continue here:
    BBM not as secure as Apple?
    Last edited by Ecm; 10-21-16 at 03:33 PM.
    10-21-16 01:37 PM

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