Why you should stop using WhatsApp

Why you should stop using WhatsApp

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It is no coincidence that after all the privacy scandal as a result of the Snowden leaks and the massive loss of users as a result of its non-existent layer of security against Telegram or Signal, a company like WhatsApp has implemented Open Whisper System technology (recommended by Snowden) to offer people an end-to-end encrypted communication service.

Let's analyze this for a moment: Could it be possible that being WhatsApp an insecure application and the growing demand for greater security has inclined WhatsApp to have to make the decision to encrypt its communications just for the love of users?

For this question we do not have an answer. We can ask WhatsApp and probably the answer it gives us is false. But perhaps the real problem for WhatsApp has arisen in having to respond to legislation, not only in the United States, but in other countries to provide information. For example, in the case of Brazil, the government decided to block the WhatsApp network because the company refused to provide information on people linked to drug trafficking.

If WhatsApp did not now have its encryption system for messages that, according to them, are impossible to read by third parties, even from the company, they would be facing a growing problem, the request for information by many states for example. Having your end-to-end encrypted communication system saves you from having to explain. A technical system that nobody knows how it works but that is based on the open encryption protocol of Signal prevents the company from being able to access the messages. WhatsApp cannot prove that it is safe as it is not auditable since it is not free software. But by saying that they encrypt their communications, they took the whole world off their feet and now it is possible that they can see the information without being disturbed and they can also offer it to the security agencies in their country who can obviously gain access with the help of WhatsApp or without your help. Officially, no one can complain to WhatsApp that it does not provide information and block the service for it. Well, now they just say they don't have access.

But why not use WhatsApp if it has allowed millions of people around the world to communicate?

Well, this is how you hear it, WhatsApp takes advantage of you and your communication needs, and by providing a poor service it has positioned itself as the number one application. It is not surprising. Remember that operating systems that are really bad like those developed by Microsoft have been for years the most used in personal computers around the world. It seems that corporations are experts in selling us simple tools as if they were the most wonderful.

In the case of WhatsApp, it is worth doing a specific review of why we do not recommend the use of this tool due to philosophical, political and individual freedom issues.

WhatsApp spies on you:

Although they have recently incorporated an encryption protocol based on OpenSignal, as the WhatsApp source code is not auditable, we really do not know what the program does and how it collects information. We also don't know if their encryption can be read by the company and if they have back doors for security agencies.

WhatsApp knows who you are talking to and makes statistics of your conversations:

Although the encryption of WhatsApp has improved the security of the tool a bit, both the contacts, as well as the other metadata of the information that travels, is not encrypted. This means that no matter how much they swear and re-swear that they can't read your messages (who is going to believe them?), Nowhere they say they don't mess with your contacts or with the metadata generated by your communication habits. Therefore, WhatsApp collects a lot of information about you, the places you are, the people you communicate with and how often. On the other hand, if you have activated the automatic backup option on your smartphone, it is possible that already deleted messages are saved that can be recovered later by possible attackers.

WhatsApp saves the information that you generate.

The messaging app does not erase the chats “deleted” by users, but rather retains and stores them on the device. Anyone with the necessary computer skills and access to the phone could recover deleted conversations on WhatsApp, something that is directly contradicted by the data protection message that those responsible for the app have wanted to find with the implementation of point-to-point encryption.

Registration and verification of users.

These processes can lead an attacker to gain access to the passwords to hijack the account of another user, read the messages they receive and send messages on their behalf.

The dissemination of sensitive information during the initial connection is another danger associated with the use of WhatsApp. The application exchanges private information about users in text, such as their operating system or registered phone number.

In addition, account thefts have also occurred through SMS or phishing calls and attacks using WhatsApp Web, the storage of information in the database or the exchange of data with the social network Facebook, which owns the messaging application.

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