Anonymous Message App Sarahah Might Compromise Your Contacts


This was, at one time, the third most-downloaded free app for the iPhone and iPad. Sarahah, according to its description, “helps you in discovering your strengths and areas for improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner.”

When you sign up for Sarahah, it allows you to receive anonymous messages from other users. These messages might be thoughts of encouragement, helpful criticism, or praise for something you’ve been doing particularly well. The app is pretty new to the mobile economy, but has grown by leaps and bounds, supposedly because of its ability to maintain complete anonymity when you’re telling someone else what you think about them.

In truth, it seems that Sarahah is collecting more than just feedback messages. According to Zachary Julian, a senior security analyst at Bishop Fox, Sarahah immediately harvests and uploads all of the information you have saved in Contacts. That’s a pretty clear case of an app that can, and probably does, compromise your Contacts and the anonymity of everyone you know.

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