7 ways to communicate more securely through messaging apps

7 ways to communicate more securely through messaging apps
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Digital security is in the spotlight, as approximately 2.8 billion people worldwide used messaging applications in 2020 and are expected to exceed 3 billion by 2022.

In this context, “Viber” experts share with the public the best tips for digital security. As they say, it all starts with using a secure application and checking some simple settings.

In particular, addressing to messaging app users, they state:

  1. Use “end-to-end encryption”: You don’t want anyone else to see your messages other than their recipient, do you? This is taken care of by “end-to-end encryption”. If there is, every “1-to-1 message”, or in a group chat, as well as every personal call you make are not accessible by anyone other than the recipients. Some applications, such as “Viber”, have “end-to-end encryption” enabled by default, while in others you have to start an encrypted conversation, or enable “encryption” from the “settings”.
  2. Make your messages disappear: When you want to send sensitive information, such as a “PIN” code or a credit card number, you want it to disappear soon from the moment it is received. That’s why there are “self-destructive messages”: They let you choose how long a recipient can see a message, starting at 10 seconds and up to 24 hours. In “Viber”, if someone decides to take a screenshot with a “self-destructive message”, the other party receives a notification to know about the action.
  3. Protect conversations with a “PIN” code: It’s never a bad idea to add another level of security. In “Viber”, “PIN” codes can hide any kind of conversation, except the “communities”. This way you ensure that your personal or business conversations are always protected, even if someone else is using your device.
  4. Edit and delete “messages to anyone”: Sending the wrong message to the wrong person can embarrass you, but it can also be a threat to your safety. That’s why being able to delete something you sent to anyone is a key safety valve. Just do it before the other side can see it.
  5. Set up your “status”: What you do is your personal matter, even if you’re just talking about being “online” and reading your messages. Sometimes you only want to read what your friends and family are sending without replying. When you’re on vacation, you may want to check what’s going on at work without everyone knowing you’re “online”. In any case, controlling which part of your actions appears is a key security feature.
  6. Get to know your “security settings”: Your date of birth and photo are two of the most basic personal information items, and sometimes you and your friends may want to see them for yourself. It is a matter of privacy, but also of security, as the date of birth can be used to break the protection of many “online” services and systems. Choose whether you want this data to be shared with everyone who comes into contact with you.
  7. Hide your number in conversations initiated by “communities”: “Communities” are a way to find new people with common interests to chat with. By default, “Viber” hides your number when you start a new, personal conversation from a “community”. This way you can contact others without worrying that you are giving too much information about yourself.

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