WhatsApp warns all 2BILLION users about app dangers – watch out for new alerts

WHATSAPP again warns all users about encryption.

The tech giant reminds users why unencrypted chats are so risky.

WhatsApp issues a new warning about the importance of encryption


WhatsApp issues a new warning about the importance of encryptionPhoto credit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

Encryption is basically a system of encrypting and decrypting your messages.

That means only senders and recipients can read chats — and they can’t be viewed while they’re in transit.

Not even Whatsapp can read your messages, making life difficult for law enforcement.

Now WhatsApp is updating the app with a new warning reminding users why encryption is important.

“A new end-to-end encryption footer will appear at the bottom of your status updates, call history, chat history and device history,” said WABetaInfo, the blog that spotted the change.

“The page that pops up when you tap the footer tells people what’s secured with end-to-end encryption.

“The new footer is rolling out today and more enablements are planned in the next few updates.”

The popup explains that much of what you do in WhatsApp is encrypted.

This includes your text and voice messages, video and phone calls, sharing of photos, videos, documents and your location, and status updates.

You can also find the page manually by going to WhatsApp Settings and then Account > Security.

Of course, encryption is not an absolute privacy fail-safe.

It’s still possible that your messages have been leaked by a recipient, including screenshots.

Luckily, WhatsApp has a feature that automatically “unsends” your old messages.

But it’s not foolproof, so consider whether you trust the person you’re texting.

If you want to try new WhatsApp features before everyone else, find out how to join the beta in our guide below.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp Beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on your smartphone Android and search for whatsapp.

Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.

Tap the “I’m in” button, then tap “Join” to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

Participating in the WhatsApp beta on iPhone is more difficult and has a limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s instructions here.

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