WhatsApp which was recently acquired by Facebook for $22 billion in 2014 has launched its web client “WhatsApp Web“. It replicates the messages and conversations of your phone on your Chrome browser. You can chat and use it until you hit log out or stay inactive for a long period of time(There is an option to select it). It is currently not available on Apple devices due it iOS limitation as cited by WhatsApp.
How to use WhatsApp Web?
1. Click on this link https://web.whatsapp.com/. (It works only in Chrome Browser)
2. Open WhatsApp on your phone and select WhatsApp on the web.
3. Scan the QR displayed on the computer screen in your mobile.
If you are logged into WhatsApp web on one computer and try to open WhatsApp Web on another machine, you will be notified.
1. No Password protection: WhatsApp does not give you a password protection. Since there is QR code, anyone can scan it. Text password gives much more security.
2. Unscrupulous usage: What if someone takes your phone and logs into WhatsApp Web via your phone. WhatsApp on mobile has no password to open the app. He could scan the QR and access your data. Unless you know about it or check it on your mobile, you will never know your WhatsApp is being used by someone else
3. Someone’s reading offline: If you switch off the data connection of your mobile, the person who has logged into your WhatsApp Web can still view all your messages though he cannot send any new message. And if the person tries to send some message, as soon as you switch on your data connection on mobile, those messages will be sent.
Stay Safe with these Options:
1. You can see last active today- it displays the time and the OS.
2. View currently active user though it shows only the OS of the computer
3. Log out from all computers.
4. Switch off the data connection to your phone by turning off WiFi and data connection. Whatsapp Web will stop working i.e cannot send any message by WhatsApp Web.
Do you think these security issues can be overcome? Write down your opinion in comments below.