August 14, 2018

WhatsApp Security Threats

Since the messaging platform WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014, it has been continuing its growth. The app now has over a billion monthly users with over 30 billion messages sent each day. WhatsApp has improved their security features over the past couple of years by including two-step verification and automatic end-to-end encryption. However, there are some security threats that you need to be wary about.

With over a billion users, the prominent instant messaging service has become a goldmine for malicious cybercriminals to exploit. Ever since WhatsApp introduced the launch of its web interface and desktop application in January 2015, hackers were quick to fabricate fake WhatsApp Websites and applications that stole user data and distribute malware to hack WhatsApp users.

Due to end-to-end encryption, only your device has the ability to decode the messages you send through WhatsApp. This prevents your messages from being interception during transmission but does not protect it while on your device. WhatsApp has the features to create a backup of your messages on the online cloud and the backups created contain the decrypted messages on your device. Thus, the backup itself is not encrypted and your messages are exposed once the cloud is hacked by a criminal.

When WhatsApp changed it Privacy Policy in August 2016, it allows data sharing from WhatsApp to Facebook. Though none of your information will be available on Facebook, it will be stored in Facebook’s deep databases. This setting is enabled by default when you register for WhatsApp. Fortunately, this setting can be disabled through the application settings.

If these threats make using WhatsApp uncomfortable for you, then you may go for other available alternatives which are more secure. Open Whisper Systems, who developed WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption features, have their own secure messaging application Signal. Additionally, you can also try out Telegram which boosts its own unique features.

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August 14, 2018

WhatsApp Security Threats

Since the messaging platform WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014, it has been continuing its growth. The app now has over a billion monthly users with over 30 billion messages sent each day. WhatsApp has improved their security features over the past couple of years by including two-step verification and automatic end-to-end encryption. However, there are some security threats that you need to be wary about.

With over a billion users, the prominent instant messaging service has become a goldmine for malicious cybercriminals to exploit. Ever since WhatsApp introduced the launch of its web interface and desktop application in January 2015, hackers were quick to fabricate fake WhatsApp Websites and applications that stole user data and distribute malware to hack WhatsApp users.

Due to end-to-end encryption, only your device has the ability to decode the messages you send through WhatsApp. This prevents your messages from being interception during transmission but does not protect it while on your device. WhatsApp has the features to create a backup of your messages on the online cloud and the backups created contain the decrypted messages on your device. Thus, the backup itself is not encrypted and your messages are exposed once the cloud is hacked by a criminal.

When WhatsApp changed it Privacy Policy in August 2016, it allows data sharing from WhatsApp to Facebook. Though none of your information will be available on Facebook, it will be stored in Facebook’s deep databases. This setting is enabled by default when you register for WhatsApp. Fortunately, this setting can be disabled through the application settings.

If these threats make using WhatsApp uncomfortable for you, then you may go for other available alternatives which are more secure. Open Whisper Systems, who developed WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption features, have their own secure messaging application Signal. Additionally, you can also try out Telegram which boosts its own unique features.

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