Which first app do you install as soon as you buy a new Android phone? Without a doubt, this is WhatsApp and if not the first, certainly the second or third. Because we can't deny that despite its flaws and that apps like The Telegraph are better, WhatsApp remains the undisputed leader in messaging apps. Without discussion.
Installed on millions of devices from all corners of the globe, the Facebook-managed app sends thousands and millions of messages throughout the day. Messages of all kinds, from invitations, prank videos to private information. We don't know what we are really sharing with WhatsApp which is why there are so many people who want to take advantage. How so? We just have to put the name WhatsApp in the Google App Store to see it.
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WhatsApp knows a lot about us. Personal information about our account, information about our device, content of our messages … gold mine for cybercrime and other criminals. We have a clear example of the penetration of Amazon's WhatsApp account, the richest person in the world. Imagine the details that will come out of that phone.
Well, as we all know, the Google App Store isn't the safest in the world. Many will argue that since it's an open system it's easier for certain malicious programs to go through Google's security images, or to say that this sounds like a cheap dread. Just to make sure that these apps exist because Google does not set up enough security measures. And if not, check out the Apple App Store.
By just installing WhatsApp in the Play Store, a large number of apps come with a green background, all with the intention of fooling the very young tech savvy. Obviously not all of these apps are malicious, but they're not essential. Most of these apps allow us to add "extra features", some promise to replace the official app, cleanups, apps to add new stickers … any idea you may think has been invented, no matter how silly.
Now where is the trap? As always allowed. If the torch app that wanted to access your contacts was suspicious, a request that seeks to access all of our WhatsApp history will not be subject. Obviously, the purpose of these tools is to access our information, but not to make fraudulent use, but to simply sell it to third-party companies.
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As we always say, the more eye and attention we have downloaded. Even a seemingly harmless app can be very dangerous. Most of all, take a closer look at the permissions they have asked for and clearly, be very envious of your privacy. WhatsApp is already a complete resource without the need to install any other plugin and if you don't like what it's like, install Telegraph better.