Are You Rethinking WhatsApp? 5 Reasons Why You Should!

Are You Rethinking WhatsApp? You're Not Alone

Many of us use chat services like WhatsApp to send sensitive data like an eWallet PIN to love ones, account details, private and personal text.

On the contrary Facebook is used to extend our social reach, meeting friends, lovers or customer care.

There are oceans that separates what you do on one platform compared to the other

  1. Bottom line: In most cases the types of relationships/company you keep on both platforms; are different like fire and ice.
  2. All your close colleagues, friends and family are linked on your WhatsApp. The Chat App is closely tied to your day-to-day routines, so much so that you share very secret late night text.
  3. Let's face it! It's useful and convenient, we tend to even send highly-sensitive and interpersonal information without thinking twice.

On the other hand you may access Facebook on certain occasions. You may post content but mostly browse the social media platform.

If a friend or spouse recklessly expose private information about you. It often leads to arguments or even worse breakups.

Should You Now Begin To Rethink Your Behaviour On WhatsApp?

The latest change in WhatsApp and Facebook transfer and sharing policies has "ruffled some feathers" and I believe it has reason to do so.

Imagine you could accurately serve the most suitable Ads to the right target audience every time?

As you may already know WhatsApp has a new policy to share your private data with Facebook.

It can be compared with the sense of betrayal you feel, when you tell a trusted friend your deepest secrets and they take upon themselves to expose it publicly.

WhatsApp Transferring Consumer Data To Facebook?

What's prompted them to make a big decision like this without consulting their customers.

(What Can Scammers Do With My Banking Details?)

Picture the extend Advertising Revenue would propel and all the sustainable benefits it brings to all parties involved.

Who am I? Just an ordinary user like you, I'm not at liberty to accurately tell...

Is WhatsApp Dropping The Ball On Privacy?

It's very important for every business to shape all their changes around their customers needs, no matter how big you get.

If they're not happy, so will your investors be shortly after dividends starts declining.

What I do know is their Competitors examples such as Signal and Telegram has seen major increases of new subscribers lately.
  • This shouldn't be taken lightly, regardless of their 200 million + subscribers globally.
  • Yahoo was once a leading search engine, poor service lead to Google (who serve better results) to effortlessly take their spot.
  • Did WhatsApp realistically research the Pros and Cons of this major change. Especially now that people are increasingly concerned with data privacy; more than ever before.

Is WhatsApp Secretly Regretting Their Hasty Decision?

There are even strict social media rules in Companies, they disallow staff to post any internal or abusive data socially.

I've seen colleagues losing their jobs for violating these rules. As a consumer you are constantly targeted by cyber attackers.

Because it simply helps them to cut cost on the cyber attack budget and resources. since consumers are less secure than businesses.

  1. Where does this leave you (the ordinary user)?
  2. Why is it necessary for this new development?
  3. Even if f you delete the App: Will copies of your data remain on their database forever?

Only time will tell the true danger behind the transition and that is a double-edged sword:

Some consumers may eventually adjust, or they may gradually migrate to alternatives.

Others may succumb to potential data attacks that stems from specific vulnerabilities or system flaws.

As from an online security point of view. I suggest highly you take your privacy seriously and learn about online threats.

Even the most secure websites on the internet get hacked. Examples are Quora, Experion in South Africa (Who holds credit details of all the citizens) and big Companies like Sony.

However There Are A Few Things You Can Do To Stay Safe Online

The most important protection in any kind of cyberattack, abuse or violation is knowledge. Learn from cybersecurity websites, research and stay updated on trends.

To understand the real risks associated with such data-sharing projects. You have to understand how information works on the web.

Don't worry, I will use ordinary human language and common examples to explain it. Because I must admit it can be a very technical inclined topic.

1. Any Smartphone App Have Access To Your Privacy:

Firstly every application you download on your Power Phone has access to your privacy.

There's small notification with terms and conditions that usually pops up before every new download; which you have to "Accept" before the software downloads.

We usually accept the terms in a hurry without thinking, but in reality it poses a Great Data Risk. It informs the you that:

"All your media files, videos, content and other information will be exposed to the Developers."

The same principles applies to WhatsApp or Any other Developer. The safety of this information lies in the hands of the App Developer, their staff and network security weaknesses.

Which brings us to the following challenges...

2. The More Companies Are Involved The Wider The Privacy Risk:

Your information is therefore at the mercy of various Brands and their professional conduct, their security infrastructure or technical flaws, user-access privileges of employees and cyber criminals.

Company network security get compromised, infiltrated and breached; even if they do everything Right!

So the more companies involved: In this case Facebook And WhatsApp; the higher the potential security risk it poses.

The same applies to your home in general; the more strangers enters your premises. The more vulnerable you become to intruders, potential theft and privacy leaks.

3. How Many People Got Hacked On Facebook Already?

Honestly I don't have the specific details. However you can start by imagining:

How many husbands/wifes breach privacy policies to uncover infidelity or secrets?

How many cybercriminals hack social sites to get access to emails/passwords? (Because most people tend to lazily use the same login details on all their subscriptions).

How many people use WhatsApp for sending private information like bank or eWallet PINs?

4. What Are The Danger of A Private Application vs A Social Site?

Combining the two is like oil and water, which translates to privacy versus exposure. It's common sense that we use chat services like WhatsApp to communicate to close friends, family and even business chats.

This makes it a treasure source for more private information like customer data, financial info, personal data and sensitive information.

One Stone Two Birds:

On the other hand we use Facebook to meet new friends, socialize and exposure.

Imagine your private data is now vulnerable to your smartphone encryption weaknesses and social media security flaws.

5. Spyware And The Dangers Of Smart Apps:

Every Good Application like WhatsApp is as safe as the Company and user behind it. Spyware has the same abilities of any legit App, it penetrates your Privacy.

The only difference is that spyware secretly installed to deliberately gather your information for malicious purposes; hence the name. So every Good App is a potential danger if it lands in the wrong hands.

Just like any other cyber attack or legit and practical website service can be used to: Cyber stalk, steal private data, hack or violate privacy restrictions.