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  1. WhatsApp is doubling the number of people you can hold a video call with from four to eight.  “This is going to launch next week,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. On Friday, he held a live stream where he went over his company’s plans to keep people connected during the pandemic.  The upcoming upgrade to WhatsApp has been a heavily requested feature among users, Zuckerberg added. WhatsApp is one of the few mainstream chat apps that offers end-to-end encryption on video calls, which can prevent your communications from being accessed by hackers, oppressive government regimes and even Facebook itself.  Read More @https://www.pcmag.com/news/whatsapp-group-video-calls-will-soon-support-up-to-eight-people
  2. WhatsApp one of the largest instant messengers and considered by many a social network of its own. So, in continuing our app safety discussion, we’re diving into some of the top security hacks and questions many WhatsApp app users and parents may have. But first, what’s a security hack? In short, it’s an attempt to exploit the weaknesses in an app, network, or digital service to gain unauthorized access, usually for some illicit purpose. Here are just some of the concerns WhatsApp users may have and some suggestions on boosting security. WhatsApp Hack FAQAre WhatsApp conversations private? Yes — but there are exceptions. More than any other app, WhatsApp offers greater privacy thanks to end-to-end encryption that scrambles messages to ensure only you and the person you’re communicating with can read your messages or listen to your calls. Here’s the catch: WhatsApp messages (which include videos and photos) are vulnerable before they are encrypted and after they are decrypted if a hacker has managed to drop spyware on the phone. Spyware attacks on WhatsApp have already occurred. Safe Family Tip: No conversation shared between devices is ever 100% private. To increase your WhatsApp security, keep sensitive conversations and content offline, and keep your app updated.  Can anyone read my deleted WhatsApp messages? A WhatsApp user can access his or her own deleted messages via the chat backup function that automatically backs up all of your messages at 2 a.m. every day. WhatsApp users can delete a message by using the Delete for Everyone button within an hour after sending though it’s not foolproof. Here’s the catch: Anyone who receives the message before it’s deleted can take a screenshot of it. So, there’s no way to ensure regrettable content isn’t captured, archived, or shared. There are also third-party apps that will recall deleted messages shared by others. Another possibility is that a hacker can access old chats stored in an app user’s cloud. Safe Family Tip: Think carefully about sharing messages or content you may regret later. Can WhatsApp messages be deleted permanently? Even if a WhatsApp user decides to delete a message, it’s no guarantee of privacy since conversations are two-way, and the person on the receiving end may screenshot or save a copy of a chat, video, or photo. On the security side, you may delete a message and see it disappear, but WhatsApp still retains a “forensic trace of the chat” that can be used by hackers for mining data, according to reports. Safe Family Tip: For extra security, turn off backups in WhatsApp’s Settings. How can I secure my WhatsApp? It’s crucial when using WhatsApp (or any other app) to be aware of common scams, including malware, catfishing, job and money scams, spyware, and file jacking. To amplify security, turn on Security Notifications in Settings, which will send an alert if, for some reason, your security code changes. Other ways to boost security: Use two-step verification, never share your 6-digit SMS verification code, disable cloud back up, and set your profile to private. Safe Family Tip: Install comprehensive family security software and secure physical access to your phone or laptop with a facial, fingerprint, or a passcode ID. Don’t open (block, report) messages from strangers or spammers. Never share personal information with people you don’t know.  How do I delete my WhatsApp account from another phone? To delete a WhatsApp account go to > Settings > Account > Delete My Account. Deleting your account erases message history, removes you from groups, and deletes your backup data. According to WhatsApp, for users moving from one type of phone to another, such as from an iPhone to an Android, and keeping the same phone number, your account information stays intact, but you won’t be able to migrate messages across platforms. If you’re not keeping your number, you should delete WhatsApp from your old phone, download WhatsApp to your new phone, and verify your new phone number. Upgrading the same phone type will likely include options to migrate messages. Safe Family Tip: Before you give away or exchange an old phone, wipe it clean of all your data. How do you know your WhatsApp is scanned? WhatsApp users can easily sync devices by downloading the WhatsApp web app and activating it (Settings > WhatsApp Web/Desktop). Devices sync by scanning a QR code that appears on your laptop screen. You know your device is scanned when you see the green chat screen appear on your desktop. Safe Family Tip: It’s possible for a person with physical access to your desktop to scan your QR code and to gain account access. If you think someone has access to your account log out of all your active web sessions in WhatsApp on your mobile phone. How long are WhatsApp messages stored? According to WhatsApp, once a user’s messages are delivered, they are deleted from WhatsApp servers. This includes chats, photos, videos, voice messages, and files. Messages can still be stored on each individual’s device. Safe Family Tip: The moment you send any content online, it’s out of your control. The person or group on the receiving end can still store it on their device or to their cloud service. Never send risky content.  How secure is WhatsApp? There’s no doubt, end-to-end encryption makes it much more difficult for hackers to read WhatsApp messages. While WhatsApp is more secure than other messaging apps — but not 100% secure. Is it true that WhatsApp has been hacked? Yes. Several times and in various ways. No app, service, or network has proven to be unhackable. Safe Family Tip: Assume that any digital platform is vulnerable. Maximize privacy settings, never share risky content, financial information, or personal data. Is WhatsApp safe to send pictures? Encryption ensures that a transmission is secure, but that doesn’t mean WhatsApp content is safe or that human behavior is predictable. People (even trusted friends) can share private content. People can also illegally attempt to gain access to any content you’ve shared. This makes WhatsApp (along with other digital sharing channels) unsafe for exchanging sensitive information or photos. Safe Family Tip: Nothing on the internet is private. Never send or receive pictures that may jeopardize your privacy, reputation, or digital footprint. WhatsApp isn’t the only popular app with security loopholes hackers exploit. Every app or network connected to the internet is at risk for some type of cyberattack. We hope this post sparks family discussions that help your kids use this and other apps wisely and helps keep your family’s privacy and safety online top of min Source: https://www.mcafee.com/
  3. WhatsApp For Desktop Flaws Discovered Security researcher Gal Weizman from PerimeterX has discovered numerous security flaws in the WhatsApp Desktop Platform. As revealed in his report, these vulnerabilities could allow an adversary to gain access to the local file system. In brief, when he started testing WhatsApp, he found two vulnerabilities that affected all major WhatsApp platforms. That is, WhatsApp for Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, and web versions. These vulnerabilities were not difficult to exploit but certainly had a malicious impact. One of these was a simple alteration of text messages via WhatsApp Web by altering one line of code. Whereas, the other vulnerability allowed altering banners of the links shared in WhatsApp conversations. Such an alteration could allow an adversary to redirect users to malicious links by showing them false banners and misleading messages with them. The researcher could continue the exploitation of the bugs from the simple open-redirects to achieve persistent XSS whilst bypassing the WhatsApp Content Security Policy (CSP) and, further, to achieve read access to the local file system. It was all possible since WhatsApp was not running on the latest version of Electron – a Chromium-based application that facilitates in building native apps. Since the XSS existed in the older Chromium versions, the older Electron versions also became vulnerable to such attacks. As stated by the researcher, If WhatsApp would have updated their Electron web application from 4.1.4 to the latest which was 7.x.x at the time this vulnerability was found(!) – this XSS would never have existed! Such exploitation also had the potential for remote code execution. Precise details about the exploitation are available in his article. Facebook Patched The Vulnerabilities Facebook has also confirmed the existence of these vulnerabilities (CVE-2019-18426) in the WhatsApp Desktop platform. As stated in their advisory, A vulnerability in WhatsApp Desktop when paired with WhatsApp for iPhone allows cross-site scripting and local file reading. Exploiting the vulnerability requires the victim to click a link preview from a specially crafted text message. Facebook confirmed that the vulnerability affected “WhatsApp Desktop prior to v0.3.9309 paired with WhatsApp for iPhone versions prior to 2.20.10”.Source: Latesthackingnews
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