WHATSAPP is rolling out a new tool to further protect those using its messaging service on the web.
The security feature, which comes in the form of a free browser extension, verifies the WhatsApp Web’s code to ensure it’s authentic.
It is designed to protect scammers from cyberattacks getting into people’s WhatsApp accounts using fake websites.
The tool was announced on Thursday by Cloudflarea web security company that partnered with WhatsApp to develop this technology.
“How do you know if the code your web browser downloads when accessing a website is the code the website you intend to run?” the company said.
“In contrast to a mobile app downloaded from a trusted app store, the web doesn’t provide the same level of assurance that the code hasn’t been tampered with.
“Today, we’re excited to partner with WhatsApp to provide a system that assures users that the code that runs when they visit WhatsApp on the web is the code WhatsApp intended.”
The majority of WhatsApp’s two billion users send messages via the hugely popular Android and iOS apps.
However, the chat platform also works on desktop-based extensions of your phone’s WhatsApp account.
The messages you send and receive are synced between your phone and computer, and you can see your messages on both devices.
Using fake websites sent via text or email that look like WhatsApp’s login page, cybercrooks can steal people’s credentials.
The new browser extension, called Code Verify, scans the code of the WhatsApp login page to make sure it’s legit.
The traffic light system lets you know if you can log in or if there’s a problem.
It makes WhatsApp Web more secure and protects users from phishing attacks.
Attacks lure victims to a website that appears to be operated by a trusted entity, such as a bank or social media platform.
However, the website is fake with fake content designed to convince victims to enter sensitive information, such as passwords or email addresses.
Analysts say Code Verify is a step in the right direction but have urged WhatsApp to roll out a similar version for its mobile apps.
About two billion people use WhatsApp every month but only a small percentage access it via their PC.
“This is a huge step forward in combating the rapid uptake of commonly used (polished) SMS scams,” said Jake Moore, Jake Moore, Global Cybersecurity Advisor at the cybersecurity firm. used to manipulate victims into thinking they are talking to a familiar contact. ESET.
“However, as the majority of WhatsApp users are mobile instead of using the browser version, it seems strange not to push this verification update to mobile users.
“It is possible to add two-step verification on WhatsApp but it is not enabled by default.
“It can prevent attackers from trying to take over your account and claim to be your contacts friend, so it’s important that all users implement this security feature from within Settings.” Set up an account as soon as possible.”
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