The possible risks behind alternate versions of WhatsApp
WhatsApp is one of the most used applications in the world and has more than 2,000 million users on the planet, they can communicate from anywhere in real time.
And for some time there have also been different alternative applications to the original one that is heard from WhatsApp Plus and other applications that offer different extra services, but that are frowned upon by the original platform. Is it safe to have them?
One of the applications is WhatsApp Plus, which allows you to chat, send photos, emojis, videos and documents just like the original, but also change the color of the chats and the platform. In addition, it has other functions that help to have a better user experience.
In the latest version of this alternate ‘app’ added ‘enable chats’ and ‘separate groups’, hide display status, change colors and customize your application. You can also ‘disappear’ for some contacts and change your last connection to a different time and customize your read receipt (blue ‘checks’) according to the contact.
Unlike the original version, This offers even greater customization, both visual and in tools to hide different information from your contacts, what can not be done in the WhatsApp that is in the application stores.
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Despite its new functions, the truth is that as it is not official, you may have many problems in the future that can lead to a blocking of your number.
Also, keep in mind that WhatsApp Plus does not have encrypted chats, which means that anyone could access your conversations or those of third parties without you knowing and your data could be compromised for attacks, scams or online theft.
Likewise, the application accesses your contact list, so number leaks could be generated or some problems could be derived from cyberattacks to this application that could compromise your security.
For this reason, last week, WhatsApp developers emphasized that they will begin to suspend user accounts who are using applications such as WhatsApp Plus or GB WhatsApp temporarily. This decision, they assure from the company, is focused on the safety of the users and not on limiting the freedom of use.
When you enter WhatsApp using a third-party application, what happens is that it no longer depends on the privacy policies of that application, that in one way or another is regulated and has protection of the personal data of those who use it.
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Data exposed to third parties
By using these third party applications, the user accepts the access permissions to different permissions on his cell phone, among which are calls, contacts, photos, camera, as well as running applications or closing others and even obtaining data on the use of the Wi-Fi network. In part, the same ones that WhatsApp asks for, but without its developers being under control surveillance to know what they do with all this data.
It is well known that downloading applications outside of the different application stores can pose risks to you and your device.
Both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store have methods to identify malicious ‘apps’. Nevertheless, with ‘apks’ downloads there is no way of knowing what you are actually downloading and if this that you now have installed on your phone is completely safe.
In that sense, spokespersons for the platform also affirmed that those people who were temporarily blocked will be permanently blocked if they do not migrate to the official version once their account is reactivated.
“Unsupported applications, such as WhatsApp Plus, GB WhatsApp, or those that claim to be able to move your WhatsApp chats from one phone to another, are altered versions of WhatsApp. These unofficial applications are developed by third parties and violate our terms of service. WhatsApp does not endorse the use of these third-party applications because it is not possible to validate their security practices ”, they said from the ‘app’.
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Cybersecurity experts explain that not necessarily all applications that are outside the stores are dangerous, but that there is always a latent risk that someone may be infected and you are a vulnerable target.
WhatsApp does not endorse the use of these third-party applications because it is not possible to validate their security practices
Remember if you see the message ‘Your phone number is suspended on WhatsApp. Contact Support for help ‘, it is possibly because your activity violated the terms of service. But if you believe that this has not been the case, the developers point out that you should go to the contact section so that they can review your case and provide a solution.
The best recommendation is to use the original version of the application and if you want some features that this one does not have, consider some alternatives of instant messaging applications that are also very complete and safe.
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