Major privacy concerns have been raised surrounding Facebook’s recent plans to merge Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. This integration will allow cross-messaging between the three platforms (which will all still operate as standalone apps), so users could talk to their Messenger-only friends without leaving WhatsApp.
While Facebook’s plans to merge the messaging platforms are not yet finalized, the company is in the process of rebuilding the underlying infrastructure so that users who might utilize only one of the apps will be able to communicate with others within the company’s ecosystem.
Facebook plans to include end-to-end encryption for the apps, ensuring that only the participants of a conversation can view the messages being sent.
Facebook’s messaging changes have greater implications for online safety as consumers become more protective of their data.
Although the internet has paved the way for advancements in social media and technology in general, users need to make sure they’re aware of the potential risks involved.
Following these tips can help keep you and your data safe and secure:
- Get selective about what you share. Although social media is a great way to keep your friends and family in the loop on your daily life, be conservative about the information you put on the internet.
- Update your privacy settings. Choose which apps you wish to share your location with and turn your profiles to private if you don’t want all users to have access to your information.
- Keep your apps up-to-date. Turn on automatic updates so you always have the latest security patches, and make sure that your security software is set to run regular scans.
- Click with caution. Don’t interact with users or messages that seem suspicious and keep your guard up by blocking unfamiliar users who try to send you sketchy content.
- Stay secure while you browse online. Security solutions can help block malware and phishing sites if you accidentally click on a malicious link.