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Is our privacy being compromised as we speak? Eavesdropper’s heaven or a nightmare? A study of Mobile Voice over Internet Protocol (mVoIP) and Instant Messaging (IM) Applications.


Farhan Ahmed Siddiqui, Muhammad Ahsan Najam, Muhammad Saeed, Nasir Touheed


Vol. 17  No. 10  pp. 119-123


In the recent times, mobile voice over internet protocol (mVoIP) applications have been greatly adopted by the masses and have really captured much of the attention in the application market place. These applications not only provide voice communication with little to no cost but also offer instant messaging service. People across the world use applications like this and some even communicate daily with others just by using these applications rather than the conventional way of text messages and GSM calls. With applications consolidating millions and millions of users, security and privacy is a topic which many prefer not to discuss. In this paper we delve into the details of this sensitive issue and discuss whether or not these applications are even safe to use. Whether our communications are secure and kept private from eavesdroppers and in more technical terms, whether these applications have any sort of an encryption mechanism in place and if that mechanism is even strong enough.


mVoip, internet protocol, instant messaging