The Whatsapp serviceis very popular for mobile phone users around the world. But is it safe?
First of all, what is Whatsapp? It’s an application you buy online that gives you access to free SMS-type messaging between mobile devices. Here’s their definition:
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app that allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia.
Great idea. The problem is that it isn’t exactly safe. Here’s why:
1) Messages over your packet service on your iPhone or Blackberry are not encrypted.
That means anyone else using the cellphone service provider or WIFI network you’re using (SingTel, AT&T, Verizon, etc.) can read your messages and even intercept your pictures.
2) Your contact list is sent to the Whatsapp server in California.
That means Whatsapp has all your contacts. This is what the Google marketplace is famous for—malware Android apps that send all your address book contact details to a remote server for spamming.
As your IT department, it is therefore hard for AINEO Networks to recommend Whatsapp. We’ll keep you posted.