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“By continuing the process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes, writing about the effects of a seemingly small amount of inflation every year.

WhatsApp Users: URGENT You Need to Update the App

If you have the WhatsApp cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service owned by Facebook installed on your cell phone, you need to update it NOW!

It seems a major bug has been discovered in WhatsApp that allows hackers to hijack your phone. An update to fix the serious bug is now available.

You can find dozens of articles about this serious security bug by starting at: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=whatsapp+bug&atb=v132-2_j&ia=web

A better solution might be to switch to Signal at https://www.signal.org/. Signal will allow you to send high-quality group, text, voice, video, document, and picture messages anywhere in the world without SMS or MMS fees. Best of all, Signal is open source software. Anyone may examine Signal’s source code to make sure it is secure and has no “backdoors” or spyware problems.  For details, see Is it private? Can I trust it? at: https://support.signal.org/hc/en-us/articles/360007320391-Is-it-private-Can-I-trust-it-.

Signal is also available free of charge. There are no ads, no affiliate marketers, no creepy tracking. Just open technology for a fast, simple, and secure messaging experience. Thanks to open source software, Signal is far less likely to have security problems than any proprietary product, such as WhatsApp.

Again, Signal is available at https://www.signal.org/.

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

2 replies

  1. I appreciate the article. Another solution, though, is http://www.idka.com, which provides fully encrypted chat on top of newsfeed and built-in storage.

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