Recently, WhatsApp has been in the middle of a scandal after Prime Minister Malcolm Tumbull’s use of the app was questioned over security issues. WhatsApp is an instant messaging app free to use. It relies on internet to allow users to send instant messages to people, just like imessaging or text messaging.
You can also send short video files, images and you can set up various groups of people in order to message each other simultaneously. Due to all these features and the user-friendly interface, WhatsApp is now used by more than one billion people in the entire world, and it’s becoming more and more popular, mainly because it’s free to use.
Even though the app was initially developed in the US, it proved to be used more in South America and Europe, and now it is quickly extending to India and Africa. Two years ago, it was bought by Facebook for $19 billion, and this August it created a huge scandal when the developers announced that they would be sharing users’ data with the social network.
The latest update includes end-to-end encryption, which makes sure that only you and the other person have access to your messages. They scramble the message when it goes from one phone to another and this protects it automatically. However, the app was not approved by the Australian cyber intelligence agency and other authorities, even with the latest changes. When sending classified or important information through WhatsApp, this type of encryption does not help if the phone is misplaced, plus it doesn’t prevent phishing (sending a file or link to a phone and when it’s opened it compromises the safety and the information there).