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According to experts, the new function of WhatsApp has security gaps

The application is in the process of implementing the messages deleted in the best snapchat style.

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  • However, the configuration does not affect any messages sent or received prior to activation. There are a number of warnings about this new option displayed by the app itself.
  • WhatsApp recommends using temporary messages only with people you trust.
According to experts, the new function of WhatsApp has security gaps
According to experts, the new function of WhatsApp has security gaps

Whatsapp tests the “Messages Disappear” option in the best style of Snapchat. However, cybersecurity expert Zak Doffman explained that there are many vulnerabilities in this feature that we need to look out for.

First, the expert comments in an article in ForbesWhen iPhone users switch to the new smartphone model, they will be instructed to back up their files using the WhatsApp iCloud messaging application. However, these copies are not protected by end-to-end encryption.

This means that your content can be delivered on request. According to Doffman, this vulnerability was highlighted by the latest feature the platform plans to implement.

Image: WhatsApp via PC Mag.

However, the new settings will not affect any messages sent or received prior to activation. There are a number of warnings displayed by the app itself:

  • Text quoted in response to a disappearing message can remain in chat after seven days.

  • Messages are not hidden when forwarded to a call with the feature disabled.

  • The messages are contained in a backup that was taken seven days ago. However, they are deleted when a user restores the backup.

The expert says that the real problem lies in the platform’s explanation of the missing messages: “By default, the multimedia files that you receive on WhatsApp are automatically downloaded to your photos. With temporary messages enabled, the multimedia files sent in this chat will disappear, but will be saved on your phone when auto download is enabled. ”

Doffman explains that there are two serious problems:

  1. The photos and videos you send are more at risk than the direct text because even if your files are deleted, chances are they could still be on your contacts’ phone.

  2. You shouldn’t allow the files you send to be automatically saved on your phone as they may not be secure.

Given these vulnerabilities, the expert hopes the application is already working on fixing them. In the meantime, the WhatsApp blog recommends using temporary messages only with trustworthy peopleas it is possible for a person to do the following:

  • Forward the temporary message or take a screenshot and save it before it disappears.

  • Copy and save the contents of a temporary message before it disappears.

  • Take a photo of a temporary message with a camera or other device before it disappears.

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