FP employees10 Oct 2022 13:13:04 IST
WhatsApp, one of the most popular IM apps in the world that also boasts of having the most users, is a major security risk, says Telegram founder Pavel Durov. Pavel claims that the messaging app has been around for the last 13 years WhatsApp was nothing more than a monitoring tool for prying eyes.
As convenient as some of the most popular apps have made our lives, they have also become one of the biggest security risks and threats to our privacy.
Anyway, WhatsApp had a colorful and patchy history when it came to private chats and our data. Ever since it was acquired by Facebook (now Meta) in 2014, people have been concerned about how Facebook would handle our private data. Meta has long been under fire for sharing our data not only with government agencies, but also with private actors.
This is why many other privacy and security focused instant messaging apps like Telegram and Signal became so popular.
Telegram’s founder, billionaire Pavel Durov, has warned that WhatsApp is a handy monitoring tool and that people should do it right away Leave the app unless they want their phones hacked. Pavel has cited the security problem recently revealed by WhatsApp, which allows hackers to access user data through corrupted videos.
Meta recently revealed that WhatsApp users can be hacked due to a video downloading and playing vulnerability that hackers can exploit to gain full access to almost everything on WhatsApp user’s phone. This includes not only your emails and photos, but also other communications, especially SMS from your banks and app data from your banking and payment apps.
WhatsApp has over 2 billion active users worldwide, while Telegram has over 700 million. Most of Telegram’s users came to the platform after WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook. Pavel says he doesn’t support Telegram or ask people to switch.
The company was in the top 5 without spending a penny on marketing. However, Pavel says users should stay away from WhatsApp as it has been a monitoring tool for almost 13 years. Users, says Pavel, should choose a better and much safer option.