A number of chat rooms have been set up to share information about each other and to report anyone who seems to be an intruder.
But how do you check whether a friend has been tricked into sending you an email containing malicious content?
Read more:A new online tool, the ChatSecure Messenger app, has been developed to help users check whether someone is impersonating someone else, according to the developers.
Users enter the username of a chatroom, click on a link, and a pop-up window appears telling them the chatroom has been hacked.
When they click on the “send” button, the app prompts them to sign in using their account details and password.
Once they confirm, they will receive a text message containing a link to download the malicious chat app.
If the user clicks on the link, the chat room’s messages will show up on their desktop in a messagebox.
The app can be downloaded for free on the Google Play store.
The developers say the chat service is “designed to be a reliable and safe platform to send malicious messages, as well as to protect users from receiving fraudulent messages”.
They say it is a “completely transparent” platform, which will only work if all parties involved agree to it.
The company’s website also suggests the app is not designed to be used for any nefarious purposes.
“If you find yourself in an environment where you are not 100% confident about your identity and are receiving unwanted messages, you can choose to turn off ChatSecure and choose not to receive any unwanted messages,” it says.
“Instead, ChatSecure will not track you for long periods of time, and will not store or access your communications in any way.
ChatSecure is not a chat service, nor does it provide any functionality other than to allow you to share messages with other people.
This means it can be used to send you messages that are not actually from you.”
You can always disable ChatSecure on your phone and return to using your existing communication app if you wish.
“The only way you can access or change your ChatSecure settings is to use the built-in browser.”
ChatSecure has been built using Google’s Speech Recognition Engine and the company says it has been tested with over 200,000 people and over 70,000 devices.
The firm claims to have been able to scan a large amount of spam messages, a user’s email address and social media accounts and even track the time of a message to see if it was a spoof.
A Facebook spokesperson told Al Jazeera that ChatSecure is designed to protect people from receiving spam.
“ChatSecure does not collect personal information, such as your email address, or other information that could be used in any form to identify you,” the spokesperson said.
“However, if a malicious message is sent to you, ChatSecurity will notify you and notify ChatSecure’s owner, so you can immediately disable ChatSafe.
We do not store any of your data.”