6 million Instagram accounts hacked: Time to switch to a safer alternative
Up to 6 million Instagram accounts have been compromised by hackers, according to reports, with concerned users urged to use a more secure alternative, such as leading encrypted messaging app provider Switzerland based SafeSwiss™ Secure Communications AG.
The warning follows the recent release of a version of the SafeSwiss™ secure messaging app for PCs running Windows, which is available as a free download from SafeSwiss.com, alongside the popular existing versions of the app for iOS and Android.
According to a report from The Daily Beast, hackers claim to have compromised up to 6 million accounts, including celebrities, and have created a website offering users the ability to search for personal information from compromised accounts.
The SafeSwiss™ platform protects its users’ identity because it does not require users to hand over personal details such as email addresses, phone number or even have a SIM card to set up an account.
Along with encrypted peer to peer photo transfers, SafeSwiss™ supports secure peer-to-peer (P2P) messages, file transfers, voice calls and group voice conference calls.
In addition, the SafeSwiss™ platform’s robust security and privacy is based on ephemeral messaging using cutting-edge end-to-end (E2E) 256K elliptic curve cryptography encryption, meaning messages can only be decrypted by the sender’s or recipient’s devices in both one-to-one and group communications.
SafeSwiss™ users also have peace of mind that the primary servers used by SafeSwiss™ are in Zurich, Switzerland, which has some of the world's strictest privacy protections. This means the service is beyond the legal reach of current controversial backdoor decryption demands of the US, UK, New Zealand and Australian governments.
To further protect users, SafeSwiss™ recently introduced an advanced new ‘push-to-delete’ feature that allows users to securely delete sent messages (along with pictures, documents and videos) from both a sender’s and recipient’s devices.
Along with deleting files across both devices, users can also opt to delete the message or file on just their device, allowing the recipient to continue viewing the message. The new delete functionality is in addition to the existing timed delete feature.
And unlike email, on SafeSwiss™ delete really means delete.
SafeSwiss™ CEO Tim Gallagher said: “The simple fact is that many social networks and mobile messaging app platforms haven’t been built from the ground up with security in mind, as SafeSwiss™ has, these types of intrusions are now almost a daily occurrence. People really need to take the time to minimise their digital footprint as these types of attacks will most certainly increase.