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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.
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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.