In recent research, the CyberNews Investigation team discovered that a chat service, most likely based in China, had leaked more than 130,000 extremely NSFW images, video and audio recordings of their users. While this messaging service was connected to a company that offered a “private social network,” and therefore with a small user base, we wanted to see the security features of larger messaging apps.
For users of these bigger messaging apps, we have some good news: 86% of the apps (11 of 13) we looked at were secure by default. Only two apps – Telegram and Facebook Messenger – did not have these secure features enabled by default. These results are generally promising, as it signifies that the secure messaging industry is heading in the right direction.