Over-the-Top Application definition
In general terms, Over-the-Top Application (OTT app) refers to various applications and services provided over the Internet instead of traditional methods, such as general providers. Regarding cybersecurity, OTT applications could bypass some secret security measures better in regular network communications, thus creating more challenges for sensitive data protection or general user privacy.
See also: application firewall
Common Over-the-Top Application applications in cybersecurity:
- Music streaming platforms: Various streaming platforms, like Spotify, SoundCloud, or Apple Music, provide their services to users directly over the internet connection instead of traditional methods, like radio broadcasts or physical mediums, like CDs, cassette tapes, and so on.
- Video streaming services: Video streaming platforms like Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix offer TV series, shows, and movies directly to users via the internet without needing traditional, signal-based broadcasting methods.
- Instant messaging and voice over IP (VoIP): Widely used platforms, like WhatsApp, Viber, or Skype, allow users to make video and voice calls over the internet, bypassing mobile networks and communication services.