WhatsApp is a popular chat application that is owned by Facebook. While it is stated that is not designed to be secure, some users insist on using it to carry on their conversations. Now, however, it proves itself not only to be unsecured but a potential tool to spread spyware. If you have WhatsApp and have made phone calls through the app, a vulnerability made it possible for hackers to spread spyware to smartphones. That happens through the “buffer overflow bug”. While the error was fixed, that won’t stop other issues from happening.
Though the company does not know how many of the 1.5 billion WhatsApp users had the spyware, the company suggests upgrading to the latest version. That said, however, we suggest looking into alternative apps. There are quite a few that are secure that will actually protect your privacy so you do not have to worry about your camera or microphone being turned on by spyware as was the case with WhatsApp. While there are other alternatives, these are the ones that we feel offer the best solutions. Let’s take a look at them now.
- Telegram Messenger – Telegram Messenger is a cloud-based instant messaging and VoIP service that allows users to send messages, exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio, and files of any types. The service provides end-to-end encryption for voice calls and optional end-to-end “secret” chats between 2 online users.
- Signal Messenger – Signal was founded by Moxie Marlinspike and Brain Acton in 2018 to be an extension of the Open Whispers Project that Marlinspike founded in 2013. The organization currently is applying for non-profit status. All of its products are published as free and open-source software. While WhatsApp uses the Signal protocol, the Signal Messenger was not vulnerable to the calling attack.
- Viber – Viber is a cross-platform VoIP and instant messaging app that is operated the Japanese multinational corporation, Rakuten. Users are identified through a cell number, but the desktop versions are available without needing mobile connectivity. The company also provides a paid international landline and mobile calling service called “Viber Out”.
Above you can see that there are definitely some great alternatives to using WhatsApp. They will protect your privacy so you won’t have to worry about whether or not your conversations or data will get compromised. Instead of updating to the newest version of WhatsApp, we suggest switching your traffic and activities to an app that is actually designed to keep you safe. Please feel free to reach out to use @VPNFan if you have any additional questions.