Facebook Messenger’s 1.3 billion users have already been told that its long-awaited and most critical security update is delayed. Now a major rival is taking advantage, with a shiny new update that further exposes Messenger’s security weaknesses.
The snow three years since Facebook promised that end-to-end encryption would arrive by default on Messenger. Since then, we’ve seen Facebook tell users how critical such security is, even though its deployment seems to be pushing back more and more.
This security is necessary to protect users “from hackers, fraudsters and criminals,” Antigone Davis of Meta, noted last month, even as she warned that “we take our time to do things right … [and] do not plan to complete the global rollout of end-to-end encryption by default on all of our messaging services until 2023. ”
But Messenger’s rigidity continued to show itself, despite this security flaw, aided greatly by the continued versions of Facebook’s features. One of the biggest recent updates has been its rooms, of course, a hit on Zoom, Teams, Meet and others, offering cross-platform and multi-person video calling just like the market for this technology has. exploded through the endless blockages we’ve all been through.
Messenger Rooms works on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp – you can access a room from these platforms. But just like with Messenger, the huge weakness is that rooms aren’t end-to-end encrypted and are part of Facebook’s data collection machine. “As with other parts of Facebook, we collect data from Rooms whether you have logged in through one of our apps or without signing in to an account.”
WhatsApp can solve this problem. Its group video calls are fully end-to-end encrypted, but while the rooms can accommodate 50 people at a time, WhatsApp video calls are no more than eight. But now there is a brilliant new solution that solves this problem.
Signal, the first security messenger that turned out to be such a thorn in WhatsApp’s side when Facebook tried to force WhatsApp’s 2 billion users to agree to the new data-sharing terms of service, has now proposed. the perfect alternative to bedrooms.
Signal has just announced that the video calls of 40 people will go online. The feature works across multiple platforms, enables screen sharing, and maintains full security. As with any Signal, transparency is essential. You can find out all about how the extended video service has been designed with security in mind. on his site.
When WhatsApp extended its fully secure video calls to eight participants, that was a major achievement. Signal has now raised that bar significantly – fivefold! It’s not as flexible as Rooms, but it’s a lot more private and secure.
My current advice is that you use WhatsApp as your daily messenger, given how large it is, but run Signal at the same time. Especially now that Signal has a much better and secure group video calling offering. And while it doesn’t compete with Zoom and Teams in the workplace, for friends, family, and ad hoc calls, it’s a no-brainer.
Speaking of WhatsApp, the world’s largest messenger just launched its own shiny update, expanding its Endangered Messages feature to provide the flexibility that we hoped was there from the start. At the time of its introduction, I pointed out that Messenger had a much more comprehensive offering, which seemed wrong given that it is a privacy feature. Well, that balance is now restored.
With these latest updates and the many more we’ve seen over the past year or so, you’ve never had more options when it comes to secure messaging, but you need to make choices accordingly. WhatsApp and Signal are leading the pack. I wouldn’t look any further than these two just yet. The likes of Telegram, Messenger, and Google Messages offer no default level of security that comes close, while iMessage has strayed with its new AI-based child safety filter shattering the enclave from start to finish. end.