The discussion of users’ privacy is by no means a new topic of conversation. So, have you ever thought about how safe the apps you’re using are? Below, I’ve rounded up some of the most popular and commonly used social networking apps and assessed them based on safeness.
There’s a reason why Signal has surged in popularity within a short period of time. It’s due to being one of the most safest messaging apps (that and being praised by Elon Musk). Because of its end-to-end encryption, only those participating in a conversation on the app are to read messages. Additionally, Signal allows for messages to be deleted using their feature called “Disappearing Messages.”
Similar to Signal, Telegram is another messaging app that numerous users have preferred instead of WhatsApp. The app is a secure option when using the “secret chat” function that offers end-to-end encryption. Otherwise, the app in terms of security and privacy falls short as encryption is a feature and is not default.
As LinkedIn is a professional networking platform, it shares users’ data among “different services and LinkedIn affiliated entities.” They note that this is to improve and develop their services. According to pCloud’s study, they discovered that LinkedIn shares 50% of data from users to third parties.
While sharing 50% of your data on LinkedIn may seem like a lot, Facebook “gives 57% of your data away” according to pCloud. Facebook is one of the most intrusive apps when it comes to data and targeting users based on their data.
If you aren’t aware, Instagram is owned by Facebook. You might suspect then based on Facebook’s statistic that Instagram shares quite a bit. In fact, it’s in the lead. They share “a staggering 79% of your data with other companies.”
I’m sure at least one of the apps discussed above is one that you consistently use. Whether or not you continue to use it, be aware of their privacy policies and acknowledge that some of our most favorite platforms are not the safest apps.
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