WhatsApp often makes great announcements about its security, such as providing end-to-end encryption, but also the various threats it has to deal with quite often. Here are the five basic truths you need to know about WhatsApp.
Malware threats: Users of WhatsApp have often been victims of one malware via an infected link or file, but recently a new malware called "Agent Smith”And replaces WhatsApp with a malicious update that displays ads. Malware can hide its icon from the phone launcher and pretend to be WhatsApp. This is just one of the many ways in which malware can use the infected device to send money to hackers. The best way to avoid such malware is to use apps and services only from official sources.
Backups are not encrypted: WhatsApp has greatly advertised its end-to-end encryption, which ensures that only you and the person you communicate with can read what has been sent. However, this encryption does not work if data is stored as a backup on Google Drive. WhatsApp has recently signed up with Google to allow users to save messages to Cloud Storage of the giant.
The hacker can change photos and videos: A security flaw in WhatsApp allows potential hackers to change image, audio, or video files. The vulnerability is due to how the media files are stored in WhatsApp. The Media File Jacking Threat is particularly relevant to the common perception that the new generation IM applications not properly prepared in terms of content manipulations and privacy risks.
Fraud and Fake News: In India, WhatsApp is used by the government to spread fake news and misinformation. WhatsApp was involved in some cases of violence in India during 2017 and 2018. The company owned by Facebook has taken many steps to curb this threat, but has failed completely.
WhatsApp status is not private: WhatsApp has all the contacts on your phone and they are not all friends or family members. Any person in your contacts list can see your status. Fortunately, WhatsApp now gives its users control over who can see them status but if your contact list is huge then you need to choose which people you want to share with.