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WhatsApp security flaw has put 20 crores users at risk

According to a new report by CheckPoint, WhatsApp has placed an unintentional terror in your smartphone with a new security flaw which could jeopardize the users personal information and hack into their informational space on their smartphones. The problem has been eminent for quite a long time and the hackers found out a way to enter in your digital personal space through the loop hole of the WhatsApp. The problem, however is now fixed by WhatsApp but still it has remarkably given the status of being a hackable app at one point of time.

The issue is very alarming due to the fact that around 200 million of the users access WhatsApp through their PCs.

How it is done?

The hacking is quite easy for the hacker, all they need is the number of the victim with the associated account. Here are a few screenshots which gives a glimpse of the hacking way.

An account for example:

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A hacked account with vCard trick

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The error rectification was done by the WhatsApp team diligently and very efficiently. The response timeline according to the checkpoint is stated below:
August 21, 2015 – Issue first stated and disclosed to the WhatsApp security team.
August 23, 2015 – First response received.
August 27, 2015 – WhatsApp rolls out fixed web clients (v0.1.4481)
September 8, 2015 – Public disclosure

The importance of security in an app like that of WhatsApp:

Its not only about WhatsApp, but the security issue lies all around the circle of all the social media apps. The importance of personal information is more than important present on the list of priority an app have for its technical efficiency. The personal information is not only limited to the images and text but also to the confidential data shared by various business professionals over this app. Not only this, an app is trusted for the kind of the security level it have. After all, the highest level of the contribution in making of a brand is the value and the trust factor.

The loop hole was discovered by the Check Point security researcher Kasif Dekel. The attacker or the hacker needed to do was to send a simple vCard which have a malicious code. This malicious code, if opened, gives the hacker the accessibility to the victim’s system.

You may also like to read : WhatsApp crossed over 900 million active users

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WhatsApp crossed 90 Crore monthly active global users mark

Facebook is not just a Social Media Giant, it is the superman of networking taking its powers from the shining connection of billions of users in the world. The founder of WhatsApp, Jan Koum announced this glorifying moment through its parent company Facebook while tagging the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg in the post. The CEO of world’s largest social site congratulated Mr. Jan in a humble gesture on the post.

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Even Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg congratulated Mr. Koum, stating :

“900 million people now use WhatsApp every month to stay in touch with family and friends around the world. Congratulations to Jan Koum and everyone at WhatsApp on reaching this incredible milestone – and for still finding time to make us all laugh.”

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WhatsApp was developed in the purview of such an app where instant messaging would be amazingly easy and fast while consuming the least amount of the data usage. India, on the other hand is the hidden potential for Whatsapp, already millions of smartphones have whatsapp on their smartphones, soon the count will increase to many more millions and probability of a few more million users with it. The parent company, Facebook, on the other hand have India as its second largest market in the world.

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Never let anyone know you’ve read their message…know how to disable blue tick on Whatsapp

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Whatsapp launched blue ticks for its users to know whether their message has been read or not. However, sometimes we may wish to read and ignore without the other guy letting know that we have actually read what he/she have sent. For this we may wish shut down the feature for a few minutes to be in stealth mode. 

Here's how you can do it.

1. You should have the updated version of WhatsApp for Android (version 2.11.44).

2. Go to account.

3. Enter privacy option.

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4. Click on enable/disable, whatever you wish.

This new feature is in Androids as of now but soon it will be on iOS & Windows platform as well. 

The new feature has been rolled out due to a lot of criticism on social media as a few do not want their message to be seen. Its good that whatsapp has sorted out a issue which could have been a big problem in future. 

 

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