WhatsApp has been a very popular text message service that supposedly offered privacy to its users. However, Facebook (WhatsApp’s parent company) recently announced plans to sell advertisements and to charge big companies that want to “reach their customers” through the WhatsApp service, launching major revenue streams as growth at Facebook’s main app is starting to decelerate. (See the earlier article at http://bit.ly/2M8KGSI for the details.) Now a recently discovered flaw in WhatsApp could allow hackers to modify and send fake messages in your name.
Details may be found at http://bit.ly/2M97FND.
If you are using WhatsApp, this should be a warning to switch to a better, safer text messaging app. You can find a number of such apps to choose from. The most popular one seems to be Signal, available for Android and Apple iOS devices, including the iPhone. A version is also available for desktop systems.
Security researchers have examined Signal carefully and, so far, have found no vulnerabilities. That’s not to say there won’t be any new problems found in the future but, as of today, Signal probably is the best private messaging app to use. Signal is a demonstrated leader in secure text messaging, voice conversations, and in 2-way video conversations. I use it frequently for all three capabilities: text communications, crystal-clear encrypted phone calls, and very good 2-way video conversations. All three modes are encrypted to protect your privacy. Even the employees who produce Signal cannot see what you are sending and receiving.
With Signal, you can make crystal-clear voice and video calls to people who live across town, or across the ocean, with no long-distance charges. Last year, I used Signal while walking down a street in New Zealand to call back home to the U.S. It was nice to have safe, untapped phone calls and video calls with no toll charges! I was on a cellular connection but it also works well on wi-fi connections.
Signal is available FREE of charge.
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