One of the ways that WhatsApp verifies accounts is through a phone number. Basically, the number you use to verify your account should be the same number you use with your phone. However, according to security research Luis Márquez Carpintero and Ernesto Canales Pereña, it seems that this system is open to abuse that could negatively affect your account.
If you use an iOS device but want to migrate to Android, it’s not that hard to transfer photos and contacts, but when it comes to migrating WhatsApp chat history, that’s when it gets a bit tricky. However, the good news is that WhatsApp is finally about to do something about it, according to a recent discovery by the folks at WABetaInfo.
Internet scams aren’t new and hopefully people have, over the years, gotten more educated and more aware about them. However, the reality is that people still fall for scams even today, but do be on the lookout for a new-ish WhatsApp scam that seems to be making its rounds these days.
One of the features that many of us can expect to find on instant messenger apps these days is the ability to send a voice message. This has been gaining in popularity as sometimes it might be quicker to just speak out your message rather than type it out, plus it can also help avoid misunderstandings as your tone of voice can be heard.
WhatsApp on iOS backs up the chats to Apple’s iCloud service. This is a good thing since iOS devices typically rely on iCloud to sync their data, plus it also syncs with Mac computers. However, it should be noted that the backups stored on Apple’s servers are not necessarily encrypted.
WhatsApp has a web and desktop version of its app which more or less does what the mobile version does. Almost. While it does almost everything the mobile version can do, like send messages, photos, videos, and documents, it cannot make voice or video calls, but that’s a feature that they were testing out last year.
WhatsApp is currently facing a crisis where it seems that they are losing millions of users over their proposed privacy changes. Now it seems that the company is leveraging one of its own features, Status messages, to help reassure users and to clarify what the upcoming changes will mean.
If you’ve ever used WhatsApp for the web or desktop before, you know that to sync up the app on your phone and computer and also to ensure you are who you say you are, you have to launch the app and scan the QR code. However, it seems that WhatsApp is now taking steps to make its service even more secure.
With WhatsApp announcing that they will soon start sharing data with Facebook, this has led to a bit of a panic where people are worried about what kind of data will be shared, and what it means for privacy. So much so that they have started to flock to other more privacy-based apps like Signal and Telegram.
Given the number of users on WhatsApp, it is no doubt a treasure trove of information for companies like Facebook that thrive on user information to help sell personalized ads. For those worried about WhatsApp sharing data with Facebook, it looks like your nightmare is about to come true.
WhatsApp has to be one of the biggest messaging platforms available right now, and it certainly shows. According to an announcement by Facebook, WhatsApp’s parent company, they have revealed that for New Year’s Eve in 2020, over 1 billion voice and video calls were made through the app.
WhatsApp has long supported both voice and video calls on its mobile application, but for some reason it was never available through its desktop/web client. However, there is some good news on that front because according to WABetaInfo, it seems that the latest beta of WhatsApp for the desktop/web has gained voice and video call support.