“USE SIGNAL.” – Elon Musk
The growth of the Signal App has increased surprisingly following the statements of the CEO of Tesla and the new WhatsApp Policy.
In this article, you will get to know what are the information will be shared with Facebook and what are the consequences of it and also how can we protect our data if we are using WhatsApp.
Let’s go back to 6 years ago when Facebook bought WhatsApp for $22 Billion which means approx $55 per user. FB broke its bank to buy WhatsApp because 70% of users were active on WhatsApp every day, compared to 62% on Facebook at that time. This was facebook’s biggest move to buy WhatsApp.
Now if a company is investing such a huge amount to buy another company, then there will definitely be some profit in it. Hence, Whatsapp is now saying that they are sharing some information with Facebook.
- Device Hardware Model
- Battery Status
- Signal Strength
- Time Zone
- Your IP Address ( device’s location)
- Profile Picture
- Name on your WhatsApp Account
- Contact Numbers and their DPs
Apart from this Information, now Government can also take data of users such as name, profile pic, etc from WhatsApp.
In simple words, the chats are encrypted and can not be used or retained in the future.
For WhatsApp Business, the chats are not encrypted and WhatsApp also said that the chats on Business WhatsApp are not encrypted and also not end to end protected.
There are lots of ways so that you can protect the data and sharing of data with Facebook. WhatsApp shares your location to Facebook so you can use VPN to hide your IP Address. You can also avoid putting private photos as your status which you don’t want to be shared publicly.
Due to the new change in WhatsApp Policy, Signal App is getting an amazing response from users around the globe.
But the majority is still using WhatsApp and there are so and so many people who trust WhatsApp and they are the old users and they are not going to move from WhatsApp to any other app for their daily chats and attachment sharing.
“We can’t convince our parents, our relatives who are not aware of such things to move from WhatsApp to any other app.” -Hitesh Choudhary (LearnCodeOnline)
This is just a wave of signals just because of some trustworthy issues and because of a statement from a big giant CEO.
Let’s see what will happen in the future and what is the future of WhatsApp and Signal.
Have a happy surf.
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