The houseparty app isn’t safe? Your Privacy at Stake!

The houseparty app isn’t safe? Your Privacy at Stake!

The house party app has managed to attract a gigantic group of people from all over the world as, during this tough and tedious lockdown, people are searching for some unique ways to keep themselves engaged and engrossed. House party has become a smash-hit in the world of apps and has driven the masses crazy!

The graph of this app is mounting as we can notice that in the first week of February there were only 130,000 downloads but in the 1st week of March, it jumped to two million downloads!

However, the wide acceptance of the app has also raised many questions about the safety quotient. On Tuesday the app witnessed hell lotta reports from users stating that their accounts are being hacked! And the number of complaints has seen a sudden surge in no time.

On the flip side, the company is not ready to take this allegation! The company has offered $ 1 million to the first person who will provide evidence of this fake campaign going on.

What does this app offer?

The app is quite interesting as you can play in-app games and quizzes along with making video calls just like a house party but “a virtual one!”

Is safety being compromised?

This app is owned by the developer Fortnite and is a crowd-puller for sure. Nevertheless, the safety issues are a big concern as there are several posts on social media by users of this app pointing towards the huge problem of their other accounts being hacked, which includes- Netflix, Instagram, eBay and Spotify.

To abate, the storm going on the social media house party tweeted about the fact that it does not collect any passwords for any other apps whatsoever! 

The company claimed that: “We’ve found no evidence to suggest a link between Houseparty and the compromises of other unrelated accounts,” 

“As a general rule, we suggest all users choose strong passwords when creating online accounts on any platform.

“Use a unique password for each account, and use a password generator or password manager to keep track of passwords, rather than using passwords that are short and simple.”

Now, this reputational damage can be proved catastrophic for the house party as it is evident from the present scenario! People are already deleting their accounts in the fear of being hacked.

According to Jack Moore, a cybersecurity specialist at ESET, an online security firm :

“What this has done is shone a light on the privacy policy in the app and there seems to be quite a lot of personal data that the app pulls from each device that is used – such as device ID, internet history and other actions taken through the service,” 

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