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4 things you should know before installing the Clubhouse app on your phone

 


Paul Davison, CEO of Clubhouse, said at the end of February that the app now has more than 10 million active users per week, which means that the app's user base has reached five times in a month.

These numbers are impressive given that the app still requires an invitation from an existing user to date, and is available to iPhone users only, but the addition of celebrities and the previously unusual voice-only communication method has made the app top the list of the most downloaded apps in the App Store.

However, in the midst of this mass migration, it's easy for users to ignore the threats the app can make to their digital privacy, so why think twice before installing the app on your phone, and what are the most prominent security flaws that have emerged in the app?

1- Be aware of installing the wrong application:


When billionaire and famous entrepreneur Elon Musk started a series of tweets via his account to invite people to join him in an app conversation, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, many began to look for the app, specifically people looking to invest in everything new.

Unfortunately, in the midst of the search, they went in the wrong direction, mixing the voice chat app with another application called "clubhouse.io" but for project management, where investors were quick to buy shares in this app, whose index in the financial markets jumped to more than 1,000%.

2- Clubhouse app is only available for iPhone:


So far, the clubhouse is currently only available to iPhone users in the App Store, so Android phone users who want to install the app on their phone will have to check the official app's website across the web every once in a while to see if it has been launched in the Google Play Store.

3- Privacy issues in the app are still discovering:


Since clubhouse is still in its first trial version, many security flaws and gaps have emerged, with many digital security experts posting a lot of alerts about the app that does not guarantee user privacy.

Researchers at the Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) discovered in mid-February that user IDs and chat rooms are sent to servers in plain text, as reported by the same report that Agora, which has branches in many countries of the world, including China, which is the main provider of servers running the application has access to raw audio files for users, but this has not yet been confirmed.

A few days after the publication of the previous report, rumors emerged – confirmed by the developers of the app – about the leaking of conversation logs on Twitter, where it appeared that a user was able to broadcast the content of a chat room via his Twitter account, and although the developers of the app did not comment on the incident in detail, but stated that this incident is a violation of privacy policy and not a breach with their emphasis on taking preventive measures to prevent this from happening again.


4. The possibility of hacking accounts:


After you officially sign up for the Clubhouse app, you will be asked to grant permission to access your phone's contact list, if you refuse, you won't be able to invite anyone and you won't be able to take full advantage of the app.

In addition, the privacy policy allows developers to transfer this data to a very wide range of third-party companies, such as advertising companies, marketing agencies as well as law enforcement agencies.

The app also does not provide incognito mode, so every action you do in the app will have an impact, moreover, the app interface does not have the option to delete the account, instead, you must send a written request to agree to leave the application altogether.

In addition, the app does not have traditional security features, such as 2FA binary authentication, so anyone can impersonate anyone, which has very bad aspects such as using these accounts to scam or blackmail users.

Tips and recommendations before using the Clubhouse app:


  • Don't trust the app to keep your words and actions private.
  • Avoid sharing sensitive and personal information in chat rooms.
  • If you want to use the app too hard, at least you should wait until the official version is released, so you can make sure that the trial errors and issues that have arisen have been eliminated.
  • Be careful when communicating or joining chat rooms to avoid falling victim to a scam.
  • Make sure your phone has a trusted security app that blocks malware.
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