Does anyone know why I would get a notice I have to have a brief video chat to verify identify?They say until I do I can't submit new proposals or change my profile photo, but other account functionality is not affected.It's not the first app to strong-arm users into posting what is essentially free advertising, but it does seems a particularly coercive example.All in all, it's easy to see what Meow Chat has become so popular so quickly, but it seems like the app is not completely harmless - especially for younger users.Early this year, a new player arrived on the Chinese dating app scene called Tantan. On the surface, the i Phone app seems to be smoother and more refined then the app it copies.A friend, who will remain nameless, excitedly told me about the app and the cute people that were on it. However, as we’ll soon find out, looks can be deceiving.Conditioned by three decades of incredibly fast-paced social change, normal, every day folks have been making friends and meeting future spouses online since the early days of QQ.Dating apps are particularly interesting from an information security perspective because of the sensitivity of the behavior they protect.
Just when you’re getting sick and tired of hearing about the likes of Tinder and Grindr a new app blows in, offering the same cruising-for-compliments excitement with an added dash of cartoon cats: meet Meow Chat.
The app itself is available for i OS and Android and asks users to create a miniature profile by either importing information from Facebook or just punching in a username, email address, password (and, of course, a profile picture)goofy to creepy pretty quickly, with the chatrooms full of abusive language and invitations from strangers to start "chatting in private" - an especially worrying feature given that the sign-up age is just 13 years old and requires no external verification (and users can always choose to hide their age).
The app also offers the chance to browse profiles in your area, and judging by the short bios some users have written (“no nudes plz”; “don’t message me if your [sic] 50”) this feature can be a magnet for creeps.
The latest bit of Whats App to get the security makeover is face-to-face video calling, a new feature being added to the program in a global roll-out from this week.
So why has encryption suddenly become so important to everyone?