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What The Hell is ‘WhatsApp’ and Why Should I Care?

by Brett M. Christensen

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Almost every time I publish an article that discusses WhatsApp, at least one person will post a “What is WhatsApp?” comment.

So, here’s a brief rundown for those who have not encountered WhatsApp before.

What is WhatsApp?

In a nutshell, WhatsApp is a free cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP application for smartphones and tablets. Via WhatsApp, you can send text messages, make voice and video calls, and share images and documents.

WhatsApp has around 1.5 billion users all around the world. It is the most popular instant message app worldwide and is owned by Facebook.

Why might you use WhatsApp rather than your phone’s native messaging and calling apps? Because it works seamlessly on different types of phones and tablets offered by various platforms,  including iOS, Andriod and Windows Phones.  It has features and functionality that your native phone and tablet apps can’t match. And, it’s free.

If you want to dig a little deeper, these reports should help:

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WhatsApp Forwarding Hoax

Why Should I Care?

Of course, if you have never had any need for such an application, there is no reason why you would know what WhatsApp is nor have any pressing desire to try it out.

And that is perfectly fine.

But, just like other online platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, WhatsApp’s popularity is continually exploited by scammers, fake-news peddlers, malware distributors and hoaxers. Often, these nefarious messages begin life on WhatsApp and then jump over to other platforms.
phoneSo, even if you never use WhatsApp yourself, just knowing what it is and how it can be misused can help you stay that little bit more secure online. And, once you know what WhatsApp is, you might be able to help friends and family who do use the app to stay safer.

Knowledge is by far the best privacy and security tool at your disposal.



Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,