Thanks for the thoughts. One of the first things I look out for is end-to-end encryption. I’m not opposed to using WhatsApp, but they hold onto metadata and share it with Facebook, so I tend to suggest Signal instead. I also appreciate verification and a few other security features that make Signal a better choice. More on that here:

Still, WhatsApp is a pretty decent choice.

Yep, targeted malware is a concern here. Of course, the same is true for all software on a targeted device. Folks dealing with targeted surveillance, as opposed to mass surveillance, might want to get some personal assistance.

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