Seven ways to make communication more secure through messaging applications
Digital security is the focus of public attention as some 2.8 billion people worldwide use 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.
Specifically addressed to users of messaging applications state:
1. Use end-to-end encryption: You do not want anyone to see your messages other than the recipient, right? This is what end-to-end encryption does. If there is, every 1-on-1 message or in a group chat as well as every personal call you make is not accessible by anyone other than the recipients. Some applications, such as Viber, have end-to-end encryption by default, while others require you to start an encrypted conversation or enable encryption from the settings.
2. Make your messages disappear: When you want to send some sensitive information, such as a PIN or a credit card number, you want it to disappear as soon as it is received. That is why there are self-destructive messages. They allow you to choose how long a recipient can see a message, starting at 10 seconds and reaching 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 event.
3. Protect conversations with a PIN: It is never a bad idea to add another layer of security. In Viber, PINs can hide any type of chat, except 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 be embarrassing, 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. Regulate your situation: What you do is a personal matter, even if we are just talking about being online and reading your messages. Sometimes you just want to read what your friends and relatives are sending, without replying. When you are on vacation, you may want to check out what happens at work without everyone knowing you are online. In any case, controlling which part of your actions is displayed is a key security feature.
6. Know your security settings: Your date of birth and your photo are two of the most important pieces of personal information and sometimes you may want to see them for yourself and your friends. 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 information to be shared with everyone who comes in contact with you.
7. Hide your number in chats started by communities: Communities are a way to find new people with common interests to chat with. However, very often you do not know them, so it is good to be a little careful. By default, Viber hides your number when you start a new, personal chat from a community. This way you can communicate with others without having to worry about giving too much information about yourself.