Yes, it’s annoying to get calls from unknown numbers, especially if these happen to be telemarketing calls. Hence, Truecaller comes as a great saviour when not wanting to attend such calls. It is the only app which tracks and reveals the identities of callers, enabling its users the option of blocking or simply not answering the calls of those they do not want to speak with. With great overall user ratings and reviews, Truecaller is one of the most widely used and popular apps on all mobile operating systems.
Have you ever used it too? Or are you thinking of using it? Then you must know some of its disadvantages too! Despite being a great choice and option when it comes to caller identity, Truecaller is not as great as it has been out to be.
High Risk of Data Breach
According to an article in Economic Times, the data from Truecaller is available on sale on private internet fora. This information includes names, phone numbers and email addresses of the users registered on the app. So, unless you’re fine with your phone number and email address falling into the wrong hands, using the app isn’t highly recommended.
Payment services through UPI
The paid/premium version of the app also provides payment gateways. Since the data breach is already a concern, would it be advisable to let your confidential data be exposed on such an app? We’ll let you decide that one.
Users of the app can search for numbers
A premium model of the Truecaller also offers a feature where users can search for an unlimited set of numbers on the platform for a payment. Does that sound like a reliable platform?
In 2016, Truecaller had to fix a bug, rather a vulnerability in its app. This was because researchers had found that the app had inadvertently leaked confidential user data.
Advised as unsafe
Truecaller is one of those rare mobile applications which has been adviced by Indian government as unsafe. In another instance to mark this as true, the defence personnel were asked to remove the application from their phone.
It watches your clipboard
A very serious threat while using the Truecaller app is that it is always watching your clipboard. Meaning, if you copy paste sensitive information like your passwords and credit card numbers from any other application, it silently gets transferred to the Truecaller database.
We all know how cyber security of women is such a threat. Hence, apps like Truecaller where phone numbers of millions of women might be stored, becomes such an easy target for lechers out there. Imagine a guy saves his girlfriend’s number with a nickname and now that name gets displayed for everyone or even worse, what if a guy, just for fun saves a girl’s number with some cheap name?
Ultimately though, the app works as a sort of digital yellow pages of the modern age. But since data security is such a threat, using Truecaller is totally a user’s choice.
Would you or are you using the app? What has been your experience with it? Let us know in the comments!