You should never install this one app on your iPhone

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You should never install this one app on your iPhone
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Apple claims to have one of the safest ecosystems, and people have complete control over their privacy and data with the iPhone. While many people actually purchase iPhones, there were situations where Apple‘s predictions have proven to be right.

People should be very careful about their privacy, according to security experts all over the world, regardless of what device or smartphone they use.

Steven Walker, an Apple security expert and the CEO of Spylix, said in an interview that, regardless of what Apple promises, people should be aware of one app in particular and should never install it on their iPhones. That app is none other than Meta’s Facebook Messenger itself.

Spylix is a phone monitoring app that is used by government agencies all around the world. Walker argues that just because an app is widely used does not necessarily mean that it is safe to use. He even claims that due to Facebook Messenger’s popularity, many people do not think it is a possibly dangerous app.

Walker claims that Facebook Messenger compromises a user’s privacy and data for two reasons. To begin with, it is owned by the Meta platform, which was previously owned by Facebook, a company with a dark history when it comes to the use of user data on its platform. The fact that Facebook Messenger does not have end-to-end encryption is the second, and more serious, reason for Walker.

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People can choose from a range of alternative instant messaging choices, according to Walker. Despite the fact that WhatsApp is owned by the Meta platform (formerly Facebook), it is far more secure than Facebook Messenger. WhatsApp has about 2 billion active users worldwide, nearly double the number of people who use Facebook Messenger.

There are also apps like Telegram and Signal. Despite the fact that they aren’t quite as popular as WhatsApp, both have been designed with security and privacy in mind. Apps such as WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram, offer end-to-end encryption, which is increasingly becoming a vital feature in instant messaging apps.

Meta has stated that they are working on end-to-end encryption, although they have repeatedly failed to meet their commitments. Facebook Messenger was supposed to get end-to-end encryption by 2022 at the earliest. The timeframe has now been moved back to 2023 by Meta.

People at Meta say they’re worried about bad actors misusing end-to-end encryption, so they’re taking their time to make sure the system is working properly. If that’s the case, one has to wonder why such worries aren’t a concern for WhatsApp.