For its users’ safety and security WhatsApp uses its famous end-to-end encryption tech. But as the world’s biggest social messaging app, WhatsApp continues to catch the attention of criminals. Express.co.uk highlights the major security issues which could still put those using WhatsApp at risk.
WhatsApp malware threats:
WhatsApp users often receive malware threats via an infected link or file.
Malware is capable of hiding in plain sight and can pose as WhatsApp to serve advertisements.
This is just one of the possible ways the malware can use the affected device to send money back to the hackers.
The best way to avoid such malware is to use apps and services only from the official sources.
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Unencrypted backup WhatsApp messages:
WhatsApp’s famed end-to-end encryption ensures that only the user and the person they are in communication with can read messages.
However, this encryption does not work if the data is stored as a backup on Google Drive.
WhatsApp had recently signed a pact with Google to allow its users to store messages on the search giants’ cloud storage offering.
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Hackers can alter WhatsApp photos and videos:
A WhatsApp security flaw recently came to light allowing potential hackers to alter the image, audio or video files.
This vulnerability stemmed from how media files are stored in WhatsApp.
The Media File Jacking threat is especially concerning in light of the common perception that the new generation of IM apps is immune to content manipulation and privacy risks, thanks to the utilisation of security mechanisms such as end-to-end encryption.
WhatsApp fraud and fake news:
WhatsApp was also recently reprimanded for spreading fake news and misinformation.
WhatsApp was embroiled in several notorious incidences of violence in India last year.
The Facebook-owned company has come up with several measures to curb this menace but has still fallen short of completely curbing it.
WhatsApp status isn’t private:
The Status feature on WhatsApp is very similar to the one found on social media rival Instagram.
The main difference is that WhatsApp is all about your phone contacts and not all of them are your friends and family members.
Anyone in your contact list can view your status.
However, WhatsApp now offers users control over who can view their statuses but if your contact list is huge then it becomes a task to pick and choose a person you want to share or not share your status.