WhatsApp – one of the most used apps for general, educational, and business purposes is launching a feature that will let you send messages without having your phone nearby!
At present, WhatsApp is linked to a user’s phone. It’s desktop and web apps need that device to be connected for sending/receiving messages
To begin with this feature, the company will roll out its beta version for testing, available for a small group of users, and further on, WhatsApp will fix its bugs and the team plans to improve performance and add features before enabling this feature officially for all users across the globe.
This feature was much-needed. With the help of this feature, you will be able to use WhatsApp even if your battery is dead. You can also view your contact’s stories without any hassle. According to WhatsApp, you can link four devices like PCs and tablets that can be used together.
Recently, a blog was posted to announce this action, Facebook engineers said the change needed a “rethink” of WhatsApp’s software design.
That is because the current version “uses a smartphone app as the primary device, making the phone the source of truth for all user data and the only device capable of end-to-end encrypting messages for another user or initiating calls”, the company said.
WhatsApp Web and other non-smartphone apps are essentially a “mirror” of what happens on the phone. But that system has significant drawbacks familiar to many regular users, as the web app is known to frequently disconnect.
Since we all know cyber attacks are getting common and the majority of tech giants are being targeted by a versatile group of hackers. Last month, Miami-based IT vendor “Kaseya” was attacked by ransomware. Not just that there were many in recent months! So, privacy issues remain a major concern for users.
Jake Moore, the Security Specialist at anti-virus-company Eset, reflected his thoughts about security and privacy on BBC.
“There will always be a malicious actor looking to create a workaround,”
“Domestic abusers and stalkers could now have the potential of using this new feature to their advantage, by creating additional endpoints in order to capture any synchronized private communications.”
He further said,
“Social engineering is an “ever-increasing” threat, and the responsibility lies with the user to keep an eye out for potential misuse. It is therefore vital that people are aware of all the devices that are connected to their account.
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