Deleting messages is not enough- Whatsapp security study reveals

Deleting messages is not enough- Whatsapp security study reveals

Whatsapp security talk has been buzzing of late. With at least a billion users around the world, it ought to. Internationally, security enforcement agents have expressed displeasure over the app’s security. Last month there was a buzz in Zimbabwe over Whatsapp use and its security.

Whatsapp security

From day one, we built WhatsApp to help you stay in touch with friends, share vital information during natural disasters, reconnect with separated families, or seek a better life. Some of your most personal moments are shared with WhatsApp, which is why we built end-to-end encryption into the latest versions of our app. When end-to-end encrypted, your messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, and calls are secured from falling into the wrong hands (excerpt from Whatsapp’s official website)

For those avid ‘appers’ that were feeling invincible, we have some news. Especially for iPhone users. Despite the Whatsapp’s announcement earlier this year that it would encrypt all user data, a security researcher said Friday that the latest version of WhatsApp for Apple’s iOS software for iPhones leaves some information vulnerable. Jonathan Zdziarski, an iOS expert wrote in a blog post that such traces can linger “for months.” And he also said it looks like the only way to truly shred the chats is to delete WhatsApp from your phone. Zdziarski added that Apple’s iMessage software also suffers from the problem, something he wrote about in March.

Neither Facebook-owned WhatsApp nor Apple have issued statements as yet.

No need to panic

Zdziarski casually laughs off the idea of panic. There is no need for users to panic he says in his blog post. He’s also quick to mention that users should play it safe. The expert gives some tips on what users can do to mitigate against this potential security threat.

Checkout his tips here


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