The government has pushed the Aaroyga Setu aggressively, advising people to install it as they travel or work in offices. The app give users colour-coded designations based on their health status and travel history.
When two smartphones with Aarogya Setu installed come in each other's Bluetooth range, the app will collect information. If one of the two people have already tested positive, the app will alert the other person and in the process allow the government to trace potential cases.
Privacy activists and cyber security experts have warned against its misuse. Phishing attacks in the name of Aarogya Setu are witnessing a "high rise" as cheats are taking advantage of the increased inquisitiveness of internet users during the Covid-19 pandemic, CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team) said on May 16.
It said attackers are also impersonating tools linked to the World Health Organisation and popular video-conferencing platforms like Zoom to steal sensitive data.
Phishing denotes to the cyber term of luring and cheating an internet user through a fake SMS or email and thereby breaching their privacy to steal sensitive information.