Rainbow: Alternative to WhatsApp
These days, with all the issues being raised on privacy with apps which are widely used (like WhatsApp), it may be worth looking at apps that are not so popular, but perform the same functions. Since such apps are not so widely used, they may not be a target for poachers. Rainbow is one such app. 
 
It is a collaboration tool where you can chat, share files and use messaging for business and personal purposes. You can also instantly make audio or video calls and share your screen with just one click. In short, you lead your business with enterprise-grade control. 
 
Besides, you don’t even have to share/disclose your telephone number to make calls. It may be of great use in certain countries which ban WhatsApp calls! An interesting alternative to WhatsApp—worth trying.
 
 
 
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    Newme

    2 weeks ago

    No need to disclose phone number, that\'s a good feature.

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    Forget Pegasus, camera on your Android phone can spy on you
    WhatsApp snooping via Israeli spyware Pegasus has shown smartphones have become new-age surveillance tools and now, security researchers have identified that selfie camera in your smartphone can easily spy on you.
     
    According to Erez Yalon and Pedro Umbelino, security researchers at cyber security firm Checkmarx, they have found vulnerabilities impact the camera apps of smartphone vendors like Google Pixel and some Samsung devices in the Android ecosystem, presenting significant implications to hundreds-of-millions of smartphone users.
     
    Both Google and Samsung have issued a security patch for the vulnerabilities.
     
    "Having a Google Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 3 on-hand, our team began researching the Google Camera app, ultimately finding multiple concerning vulnerabilities stemming from permission bypass issues," said Yalon.
     
    After further digging, they found that these same vulnerabilities impact the camera apps of other smartphone vendors in the Android ecosystem - namely Samsung.
     
    After a detailed analysis of the Google Camera app, the team found that by manipulating specific actions and intents, an attacker can control the app to take photos and/or record videos through a rogue application that has no permissions to do so.
     
    Additionally, they found that certain attack scenarios enable malicious actors to circumvent various storage permission policies, giving them access to stored videos and photos, "as well as GPS metadata embedded in photos, to locate the user by taking a photo or video".
     
    It is known that Android camera applications usually store their photos and videos on the SD card. Since photos and videos are sensitive user information, in order for an application to access them, it needs special permissions: storage permissions.
     
    "Unfortunately, storage permissions are very broad and these permissions give access to the entire SD card. There are a large number of applications, with legitimate use-cases, that request access to this storage, yet have no special interest in photos or videos," said the researchers.
     
    It means that a rogue application can take photos and/or videos without specific camera permissions, and it only needs storage permissions to take things a step further and fetch photos and videos after being taken.
     
    Additionally, if the location is enabled in the camera app, the rogue application also has a way to access the current GPS position of the phone and user.
     
    Google said that "We appreciate Checkmarx bringing this to our attention and working with Google and Android partners to coordinate disclosure.
     
    "The issue was addressed on impacted Google devices via a Play Store update to the Google Camera Application in July 2019. A patch has also been made available to all partners," the company said.
     
    Samsung has also patched the vulnerability, said the researchers.
     
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    3 weeks ago

    no free but may be very costly lunch!

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