We are chatting, texting, sharing and posting…every day. Recently, I recognized a change in certain “Everyday-Apps”. After sending messages via Facebook or whatsapp I could see whether my conversation partner saw my message or not. I could even see when he or she was online for the last time.
A spy function? How come? And by the way, what happens with all the data?
While searching for answers on these questions, I found out
about another interesting fact:
According to “die Welt” the end of the SMS is near. After 20 years of confidential service, messaging applications like “Whatsapp” and Networks like “Facebook” replace our good old SMS. “Die Welt” underlines what I recognized in my personal life the last weeks. No one is responding on my SMS, everyone responds on Whatsapp.
HELP, Am I the only one still writing SMS?
As stated by “teletarif.de” big telecommunication companies like T-mobile already recorded less transaction volume, due to the fact that SMS demand decreased. Is the SMS dying out?
What makes Whatsapp such a good alternative to SMS?
Whatsapp makes the exchange of short messages, pictures and videos possible, without ads and without a high fee (there will be a fee of 0,99$ per year after a use of one year). Brian Acton ans Jan Koum, founders of the “whatsapp” application state on their blog that:
Remember, when advertising is involved you the user are the product.
At WhatsApp, our engineers spend all their time fixing bugs, adding new features and ironing out all the little intricacies in our task of bringing rich, affordable, reliable messaging to every phone in the world. That’s our product and that’s our passion. Your data isn’t even in the picture. We are simply not interested in any of it.
This sounds just great! As there is REALLY no advertisement on whatsapp, these entrepreneurs are very convincing…
But lets have a look on some other, neutral sources…
With respect to the report of “computerbild” and “heiser security” Whatsapp has a big security problem, sniffing and hacking into the conversations is easy, especially when the users are using the same LAN.
The CEO’s response regarding these accusations? None.
“ZDF heute” looks at the problem in a different light. The insecurity would not only affect individuals, but the whole economy. Economic espionage will become easier and a profitable tool for criminal gangs and even governments. Todays business men and women would have more company intern information on their smartphones than in their dispatch cases.
become member of protest groups, which strictly boycott those kinds of applications and social networks. Its your choice.
We definitely know now that our data is stored…we can either accept and ignore it or try to fight for our privacy rights.
What do you think, is there a chance to win this fight?