These are the apps companies block the most

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Linde Declercq
PR and Communication

Apps at work are on the rise. That's why some enterprises choose to block certain apps because they increase the risk of lost or stolen business data. The top 3 includes messaging, social networking and dating apps.

According to the latest report from Appthority these are the most blocked apps:

iOS  Android
App  Reason for blocking  App  Reason for blocking
Facebook Messenger Sends Address Book Facebook Messenger Sends Location 
Whatsapp Messenger  Sends Address Book  Wickr Me  Disables Default HTTPS
Tinder  Sends Location Whatsapp Messenger  Sends Address Book
Facebook  Disables Default HTTPS Signal Private Messenger  Sends SMS Messages
QQ Disables Default HTTPS,
Uses JSPatch for Hot Patching
Facebook Disables Default HTTPS
WeChat Sends Address Book  Instagram  Disables Default HTTPS
Hinge  Sends SMS Messages,
Sends Device's Name
Frozen Frenzy Valentine Hearts  Disables Default HTTPS
Match  Sends Location Bakery Story: Cats Cafe  Sends IMEI Unencrypted
Dropbox  Sends SMS Messages,
Sends Device's Name
Candy Blast Mania  Disables Default HTTPS
eBay Kleinanzeigen  Sends Location Dragon Story: Sun and Moon  Disables Default HTTPS

To risk or not to risk? 

Although these apps involve a considerable risk, not every company blocks them.

In the same report we see that a lot of these apps (Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp Messenger, Dropbox, ...) return with a high score in the list of the 100 most used apps within companies. Often because people need these apps to do their job.

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