Kaspersky Lab, the famous Russian anti-virus software producer, has proved a Russian saying “act in spite of your fear”. The Kaspersky team has conducted a survey to try and find out how Russian users feel about messaging apps and how much trust they put in them.
Here are the results: most Russian citizens that use messaging apps do not trust online correspondence and fear to discuss any private matters online. Most results were negative and showed the following:
75% of Russians do not trust photo messaging apps.
68% of Russians try to avoid making IP-calls.
66% of Russian users are afraid of mobile messaging apps.
58% do not trust video calls.
However, online life goes on and despite all their fears, Russians still use chat apps on a regular basis. 55% of the surveyed use social networks, 26% use mobile messaging apps and 23% regularly place IP calls.
A lot of Russian users are making an unwise use of the Internet. E.g., 15% of the polled people have at least once shared their intimate photos and videos. And if we take only users of up to 24 years old, this number goes up to 20%.
Despite the large number of people who does not mind sharing any information is social media, 41% of the polled group do not even touch private topics in their chats for fear of third parties reading their conversations.
The problem does not seem worth panicking at all. However, stay alert if you believe you can be of interest to government agencies or other third parties.