By Ashley Boyd | April 29, 2020 | Advocacy
Today, the world of video call apps is a bit more secure.
On Tuesday, Mozilla published our latest edition of *Privacy Not Included, in which we outlined the privacy and security features and flaws of 15 popular video call apps. At the time of publication, three of those 15 apps did not meet Mozilla’s Minimum Security Standards: Discord, Doxy.me, and HouseParty.
Mozilla has been talking with all three apps, and as a result of those conversations, Discord now requires stronger passwords. With this update, Discord now meets our Minimum Security Standards. (Previously, Discord’s minimum password length was six characters, with no complexity detection. As recently as last week, our researchers found the password "111111" worked as a login.) In addition to strengthening its password requirements, Discord says it prevents users from choosing a password that has been compromised by another service. It also encourages two-factor authentication.
We’re pleased to see Discord prioritize consumers’ security, and thank them for their quick action.
This may seem like a small change in the grand scheme of online privacy and security. But, at a time when more people than ever before are depending on video call apps, the field is now more secure. Further, this change shows that privacy and security can indeed be a competitive advantage, especially in the crowded field of video call apps. When one app excels at protecting consumers’ privacy and security, others are likely to follow suit.