WhatsApp and Co. too insecure: You should now look at a messenger

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta February 4, 2022
Updated 2022/02/04 at 11:06 PM

The topic of data protection on the Internet is gaining prominence in public. Large tech companies like Meta (the new name of the Facebook parent company) sometimes take care of this themselves, if they sometimes cause corresponding scandals. Also the news service belonging to the company Whatsapp was criticized for the lack of data security. As a result, alternatives such as Signal gained users and awareness. But the professionals at Kaspersky, who specialize in security software, recommend a new application to everyone.

Instead of WhatsApp: Experts swear by the session

In the course of the WhatsApp migration, the Messenger Signal gained in importance. The app is considered to be very secure, and it also saves data. But as those responsible at Kaspersky have now announced in a new blog entry, there is a better option: session.

Kaspersky’s recommendation was made against the background of Pegasus spyware, which has been described as a “digital weapon”. Session is an “interesting choice” in light of this powerful threat.

Signal and Co.: Your phone number as a security risk

The focus of the justification is the telephone number of the user. Because with other common messengers such as WhatsApp or Signal, the account is directly connected to it. And your own number is directly linked to your private identity. If attackers get hold of the phone number, they can use it to attack the person concerned across multiple messengers.

With Session, however, the phone number is not required. Instead, a session ID is used. This should be completely anonymous and private and is necessary to establish contact. There is also no link to the contact list or e-mail address. Messages also pass through a decentralized, so-called onion network. They are encrypted several times.

So if you attach particular importance to data protection, you should definitely take a look at the session. The app is currently available for Android, iOS and desktop PCs.

Sources: Kaspersky, Netzwelt, Nextpit

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