Indian Intelligence Agencies have sounded alarmed on the use of 52 Chinese apps as over concern that they may act as a spyware and have requested the government to block these apps and advise people not to use these apps as it is not safe and may leak the personal data.
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Back in April also Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an advisory on the secure use of the ZOOM app and has stated the “The document makes reference to earlier advisories of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In) and states that Zoom is not a safe platform. The guidelines have been issued to safeguard private individuals who would still like to use the platform for private purposes”.
They had also shared some miscellaneous tips to prevent risk:
- Don’t use your personal meeting Id (PMI) to host an event, instead use randomly generated meeting IDs for each event.
- Don’t share your link on a public platform, instead share randomly generated meeting id and password for every new meeting session/schedule. It makes it much secure and difficult to leak.
- If you are admin, remember to end the meeting, don’t just leave the meeting.
National Security Council Secretariat also supports the recommendation of the Indian Intelligence Agencies on the ban of 52 Chinese apps.
52 apps banned by Intel Agencies are:
360 Security, APUS Browser, Baidu Map, Baidu Translate, BeautyPlus, Bigo Live, CacheClear DU apps studio, Clash of Kings, Clean Master – Cheetah, ClubFactory, CM Browser, DU Battery Saver, DU Browser, DU Cleaner, DU Privacy, DU recorder, ES File Explorer, Helo, Kwai, LIKE, Mail Master, Mi Community, Mi Store, Mi Video call-Xiaomi, NewsDog, Parallel Space, Perfect Corp, Photo Wonder, QQ International, QQ Launcher, QQ Mail, QQ Music, QQ NewsFeed, QQ Player, QQ Security Centre, ROMWE, SelfieCity, SHAREit, SHEIN, TikTok, UC Browser, UC News, Vault-Hide, Vigo Video, Virus Cleaner (Hi Security Lab), VivaVideo- QU Video Inc, WeChat, Weibo, WeSync, Wonder Camera, Xender and YouCam Makeup.
As of now, all 52 of these apps are live on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s iOS App Store.
Chinese hardware and software are often blamed for its insecurity measures and some of the countries had totally banned the use of several Chinese apps by their government officials.