Reviewed October 14th, 2020
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Viber

Rakuten, Inc.
3/10

Summary

Viber is a free app that allows users to make free calls, as well as send texts, pictures, and video messages to other users. It can be used both on mobile and desktop devices. Easy to use and safe, Viber is used by over 200 million people.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?

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Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?

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Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?

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Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?

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Does it have parental controls?

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Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?

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Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?

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Does it require you to create a strong password?

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Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

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Does it have a privacy policy?

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How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?

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Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?

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Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?

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Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?

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Does it require a phone number to use?

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Does it require an address (home or office) to use?

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Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?

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Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?

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Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?

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Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?

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What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Viber does not have much content risk at the moment. However, Viber does not encrypt all messages. You need to initiate an encrypted chat to encrypt messages.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Viber does not store messages that were delivered, and if they were to not be delivered, they are deleted two weeks after. Viber states they share your information with third parties.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Viber states that they do not read or listen to the content of messages.
  • Viber uses end-to-end encrption, so messages cannot be read by third parties.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Viber shares your information with third parties for advertising and commercial purposes.
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