Chat app that alerts users against scammers grabs makes its way to the Emirates via GITEX

Social media continues to grow at a blinding pace and its ever-changing landscape has created an ecosystem of diverse apps. Billions globally are using digital platforms for everything from video and image sharing to interacting with fellow gamers online. It’s hard to keep track of users connecting across cities and […]

Social media continues to grow at a blinding pace and its ever-changing landscape has created an ecosystem of diverse apps. Billions globally are using digital platforms for everything from video and image sharing to interacting with fellow gamers online.

It’s hard to keep track of users connecting across cities and continents, which gives rise to additional risks when a massive reservoir of personal data is at stake. People are spending more time and money online during lockdowns, and this has led to a spike in cybercrime, with cyber attacks in the UAE going up by 250%.

The alarming situation has also created the need for a chatting app, which is one of the first messengers to actually verify IDs of its users. Founded in Singapore, Dr Nee has gained popularity in Southeast Asia for its use of KYC feature to make sure the image and name on a profile are real.

People working from home are exchanging more files online than before, children are spending more time on the internet via gaming, social media and online education. This exposes them to ransomware, where stolen personal data is exploited to blackmail users.

Fraudsters are also targeting people to procure sensitive information from people, which is later used to swindle money from their accounts. But the Dr Nee app makes sure you know everything even about someone you are just connecting over an online game.

The app showcased at GITEX isn’t restricted to chatting, it also offers scope for creating social media campaigns and conducting business or banking online. Dr Nee is now set to enter the Middle East, with its debut in Dubai next year.

Major platforms like Facebook and Twitter are struggling to counter misinformation in the covid-era by trying to filter out fake accounts. Top chat app WhatsApp is also plagued by the surge of fake news, despite deploying tools to tackle the problem.

This makes netizens and especially children vulnerable to exploitation by strangers in any part of the globe. So a platform that prioritises security, seems like an important addition to the assortment of apps on your smartphone.

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