A “Boycott WhatsApp” is trending on social media, but such a step is only a microscopic resolution towards digital security. We are barking up the wrong tree by focusing only on WhatsApp. Many of us use several such applications, downloading them using popular platforms or unknown websites. We do not pay attention to the terms and conditions of the applications, if any. Going digital is not sufficient. Digital security should be our priority.

Vishwas Sharma,

Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh

At a time when the prime need was to reassure citizens that their privacy was not in jeopardy, the Information and Technology Minister’s tirade, especially against the Congress party, was totally out of context and unwarranted (Page 1, November 1). Those in the present government must shed their tendency to blame past governments for every conceivable problem. The claim by the Israeli-based group that its products are exclusively used by government and law enforcement agencies makes the case all the more curiouser.

Manohar Alembath,

Kannur, Kerala

Just days ago there was a scare over the Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu having been hacked. Now we have another cyber threat that many of us can relate to — the hacking of phones with WhatsApp.

These instances only raise more questions: How prepared are we to deal with cyber challenges? Do we need to modify the IT Act.

Kirti Wadhawan,

Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh

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