So WhatsApp goes down for a few hours and all of the sudden the messaging app Telegram skyrockets in users. Pavel Durov the Mark Zuckerberg of Russia is behind the app. In thinking about the various incarnations of messaging apps I've begun to wonder: Is the choice between messaging apps really about what government can most easily spy on you?
I'm not a security expert, but I find it interesting that Pavel Durov sold his Russian social network VK largely to the Russian government (which now holds the largest stake). Is Telegram truly about privacy? Forgive me, but Russia isn't known for its tech; it's known for its hackers. And I have to admit that the fact that Telegram is from a Russian firm gave me pause.
So, Russian messaging app or American or some other flavor? Do their respective national security services have back doors for monitoring? Or does that even matter when the internet traffic itself can be vacuumed up wholesale?
I don't know the answers, but I am becoming more and more skeptical of any application that I use for communication being even remotely secure. Everything about that needs to change.
I'd be interested to hear from folks who are actual IT security experts (and not self-appointed ones). #telegramapp #telegram #messaging #whatsapp