Why it’s popular: Viber lets users connect with anyone in the world (who has the app) for free. This can be done through phone calls or text messages. You can match your already existing contacts list to see which of them already have Viber.
What parents should know:
- There isn’t a registration process – the user’s Viber identity is their phone number.
- The app has been hacked in the past. According to a CNET article, in 2013, the Syrian Electronic Army breached Viber’s database and defaced its website. Viber said that no sensitive user data was stolen.
- There’s been another type of hack associated with Viber – an exploit that allowed users to gain full access to another user’s Android phone. According to an article in PCMag in 2013, hackers were able to use the app to send a message to another user whose phone was locked. The app allowed users to respond to messages even when their phone was locked, which activated the Viber keyboard. That allowed hackers to take control of the other phone.