The other day WhatsApp announced the release of a new update. This is a 2.17.40 version and the new messenger’s capabilities are promise again to change the quality of its use radically by users. For the better, of course. At the same time, these innovations obviously become vulnerability for various kinds of scammers, who can harm the user through new loopholes.
First of all, let’s look at what we are offered.
Brief help on the WhatsApp 2.17.40 version features
The first and main innovation of this version, which is the key object of disputes now, is connected with the function of file transfer. Earlier there were restrictions on file transfer, which were outlined with the capability to send only PDF files from user to user.
WhatsApp user will not be limited in his choice of formats for transfer after the system update, having the opportunity to send files to the user with any extensions. The only restriction: the file size should not be more than 100 megabytes.
So users will be able to add any photos, sounds, videos, books, and other large documents easily just using their favorite instant messenger. This method changes the format of the dialogue as a whole. Now, for example, corporate employees do not need to switch to e-mail in the working chat if they need to send big file.
The other innovation of Version 2.17.40 is to find the required dialogues quickly with moving the chats you need on the top of the chatlist. You need to tap the pin icon after swipe right here in the chat. Also now you may click and hold groups of received photos to forward it or remove.
The number of implicit updates includes online video playback technology and emoji search tool.
As we can see, questions arise about the first point of update. How can it lead to problems? It’s all about data safety.
How can hackers steal personal information after the release of Version 2.17.40
You can create a problem with massive loss of personal data in a moment. Let’s start with the fact that WhatsApp makes it possible to chat between all the registered users, not only friends. So an unknown sender can easily suggest downloading a file.
Let’s say you did not pay attention to the sender, and downloaded the file with a single click. While a person realizes that he downloaded something incomprehensible, the virus will already be on the phone.
Fears for spreading the trend is a huge field for the work of scammers (in February 2017, the audience of WhatsApp exceeded 1.2 billion users), along with the same experience of Snapchat newest feature called Paperclip (which offers to add links to messages). More about that function:
How to solve the problem
The simplest solution is to use antivirus software. But be prepared to solve the problem manually.
If you see an incoming message from an unknown sender with a suggestion to download a file, simply call the addressee. If this is a real person, he will give feedback.
Also you can just ban the contact. Simply enter the dialog and select the “Block” button.
If you are worried about the safety of your own child or the safety of the company’s data, which may be affected by the actions of imprudent employees, there is an elegant solution to dealing with such problems.
Just use phone spy apps, like mSpy or other, which allow you to seamlessly monitor users’ actions. So you will be calm about the safety of loved ones and the preservation of important confidential data everywhere and always. Today, there are many useful applications of this kind in the public domain.