I have people hounding me to use specific instant messaging applications on my device, but I think that applications are more of a privacy concern than the old school web based instant messaging services. I don't know much about this topic, so I would like your input.
My main concern is privacy issues of applications collecting information from my device. My secondary concern is other people I'm messaging potentially hacking into my device, such as if I am messaging other players from an online game, whom I don't know.
Is it less safe to use an application than it is to use a web-based messenger? It seems that applications have more access to personal information. Websites usually don't make you agree to privacy policies about collecting your information.
If I want to use an instant messenger, which ones would you say are the least likely to be fishing the device for my personal information?