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             Messenger services – opportunity or

             digital security risk?

            With more than a billion users worldwide, Whatsapp is   luggage service or other concerns; and even banks are
            one of the great success stories of our digital era In Asia,  now asking their customers questions via Whatsapp:
            the mainly privately used messenger service is particular
            popular in Malaysia, but also Indonesia and India, ac-  A QR code on the website animates for scanning, then
            cording to statistica. Frankly speaking, there is hardly   the contact information go into the address book of the
            anyone who doesn’t have Whatsapp on the smartphone   mobile phone and the Whatsapp Q & A session can
            to chat for free or sending videos or pictures to friends.   begin.
            But in the future, companies will also be more likely to
            rely on the channel that belongs to Facebook since 2014  Data protection concerns and the lack of end-to-end
            who bought it for staggering US$19 billion.          encryption are often taking a back seat then, especially
                                                                 when considering that dialogues can be stored in
            Internet telephony can transfer names, customer data or   Whatsapp and a seamless continuation of the conver-
            the reason for a call, and at the same time do the verifi-  sation is possible even after days and weeks. There is
            cation with the customer data bank, if companies con-  a lot of rumor and suspicion, though, that it is possible
            nect their computer systems to those of Whatsapp, when  to bypass encryption on popular messaging apps - in-
            appropriate interfaces (APIs) are established, which will   cluding WhatsApp – as WikiLeaks documents released
            happen soon. However, using such a service for custom-  in March this year.
            er service sounds both exciting and volatile. After all, the
            widespread and extremely popular Whatsapp would ex-  Anyway, an optimal usability and provision of evalua-
            tend the SMS, which was once a random product of mo-  tion and control functions are always necessary, as well
            bile telephony providers, to social media components   as a consistent instant messaging and chat strategy
            and group functions across all age classes.          since customers like to change channels depending on
                                                                 the situation.
            In any case, Whatsapp already found its way into the call  So far, Whatsapp seems to be a lone wolf in using
            centers of the corporate landscape: For example, Zalan-  messenger in customer service, but competitors are of
            do staffs its "Zalon Chat" with over 100 fashion consult-  course already on the starting blocks, such as Threema
            ants daily from 9 am and 6 pm; hotels already use    or Smoope. The latter has developed e.g. a "secure"
            Whatsapp to communicate directly with individual guests   messenger specifically for mobile customer service, but
            and answer their questions about their stay, bookings,   like Threema, Smoope has still a long way ahead to
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