Sending text messages today, it is not the slightest difficulty for users of a variety of advanced IT products. Functions of communication, data transmission, multimedia is very important and essential for users with the use of today’s Internet. But only a critically small proportion of us think about what happens to the data after clicking on the pretty icons of sending text and enjoyable animations in all popular instant messengers.
Where message is delivered in addition to your buddies, how they are stored, who has access to them? Avoiding disputes over technical parts products with hundreds of millions active users, and the constant inaccurate use of terms and language in the media, try to understand the main points of the encryption and message delivery across multiple popular services, using specific facts.
The first line will be WhatsApp most used messenger planet with the monthly number of active users 1.5 billion. In mid-2016, its representatives have announced plans, promising a full «end-to-end» encryption for each message sent. After some time, their promises came true. Encryption updates and found a new name for indications in the media, up to a point.
As it turned out, several days later in almost every official text release of the project was the share of outright lies to readers. Despite claims about full direct newly encrypted «end-to-end» method in all cases of correspondence, necessary security settings were “at a very deep bottom” and be nearly impossible to find. And in case you will find them, the developers have prepared a huge backdoor, that is, the deliberate, systemic vulnerability in the security of the entire structure.
Data manipulations could take the form of re-posting it with a changed encryption key, the data duplication in the cloud up to access the action with all the information inside the app. Full materials with examples and evidence, including excerpts of the code was published in short time on small resources is not controlled by the U.S. government or the influence of Facebook. It is worth noting that WhatsApp has a private, legally protected source code, which means complete impossibility of verifying claims of the developers.
Now look at the second position of Facebook Messenger with 1.3 billion active users. «End-to-end» chat was introduced about years ago, characterized by the wave of positive media reviews and icon of a padlock on the avatar of the interlocutor. With closed source code the level of confidence in Facebook Messenger can be mapped to an analogue of the above, given the reputation of Facebook in the sphere of security and respect for user data. Like most «classic» messengers, in the case of correspondence without specially installed in advance settings, on the safety data was not presented absolutely no information.
A more interesting situation, emphasizing the value of privacy statements the two examples above resulted in «popular» Chinese messaging app WeChat. Remembering China’s policy on privacy and requirements of the IT products, below are the quotes found on the official website of one of the most frequently used instant messengers in China:
In WeChat our top priority is user privacy and data protection.
WeChat considers user privacy and data protection is not only the responsibility of our company, but also a key part of the experience of our users.
The statements of the messenger of privacy also describes the often complicated technologies and methods of data encryption, without allowing the use of «end-to-end». Also there are often given assurances on the safety of use, insisting on privacy in the absence of evidence of such statements. The source code is also closed.
The number of users of WeChat today — 1 billion. Another popular Chinese service QQ Mobile with nearly 800 million active monthly users. In the messenger there is no trace of «end-to-end» or signs, including the classic no open source system.
Similar situation and with other lesser known services. Viber, Skype, Snapchat, Line, all have closed source code, playing it stealth advertising campaigns, rhetoric, articles in trusted media, and completely ignoring the fact impossible to confirm what was said.
Taking in the hottest days of the scandals, all the headlines in the media, the popular messaging app Telegram is also not distinguished open source code providing information about what is happening with personal data of users. From published data it is known only about the application, without data on the actual messaging and storage. However, much of the media of different countries willingly separates Telegram from other messengers «dark side,» arguing that the same words that you do not hesitate to speak WhatsApp, WeChat and other representatives of no less reputable products. The following is the only known quote from F. A. Q. from official website Telegram about the reasons for almost completely closed the code:
«In the end, all code will be published. We started with the most useful parts — a well-documented API that allows developers to build new Telegram apps, and clients with open source that can be verified by security professionals.»
If you carefully re-read the text, then the answer may not be found. For the entire period in more than four years, in addition to pieces of code for developers on the type of API aimed solely at maintaining Telegram from independent programmers, nothing more has been published. Today, a huge number of media continue to freely promote and instill a sense of confidence and security to Telegram has not shown any justifiable benefits to tens of his peers, excluding the number of loud statements and statements by his representatives.
Applications that target the privacy or security of message exchange seems to be constantly introduced more security features, but returned the same result. We are talking about the lack of anonymity for the same systems, authentication and identification, permanent disclosure of IP addresses, storage information on the use of the device, the free block users, centralized storage of data.
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