WhatsApp Messenger Reviews

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Facebook bought this company basically to spy on people (teens) not wanting to use FB or to keep their marketshare. Use Telegram or Signal instead to keep competition, also Telegram is the app WhatsApp copies.

[Edited by s0me0ne, March 05]

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WhatsApp have been caught lying about the privacy of your messages.

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WhatsApp have claimed that they implement secure end-to-end encryption, which is intended to allow only the sender and recipient of a message to be able to read it. It has now been discovered that this is not in fact true. It looks as though WhatsApp intentionally weakened the way they implement the cryptography in order to enable "backdoor" access to transmitted messages.

For more information, see here:
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/13/whatsapp-backdoor-allows-snooping-on-encrypted-messages

For altenatives and a longer explanation, click the Reviews tab and see my review there.

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""WhatsApp have been caught lying about the privacy of your messages.""

oh,no...this can't be true (!) ... facebook is not a liar, it is your friend! Helps you connect to others(!) ( :D )

  • this was not a secret, only naive people thought that such a hyped bullsh!t software is trustworthy. and believe me they will use it after this, they do not care
  • the next "big news" will be: microsoft, google & ALL u.s based corp. do the same...

I think they have already made a statement:

  • "WE" found a security "BUG", the next release will fix this, stay with us, we work hard for your privacy...bla,bla,bla

WhatsApp have been lying about the privacy of your messages.

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One of WhatsApp's claims is that it comes with end-to-end encryption, which means that only the sender and the recipient can see the contents of messages.

Well, now it has emerged that that is a flat-out lie. Facebook and Whatsapp have been shown to implement otherwise reliable cryptography (for encoding messages between people), in a way that in fact makes it possible for Facebook/WhatsApp to intercept what you're saying. (This is sometimes called a "backdoor"). WhatsApp is therefore not the privacy-oriented service they told you it was.

It is also true of such situations that a 'backdoor' letting in one person/organization can be discovered by/revealed to another. It is therefore possible that Facebook/WhatsApp have done this on purpose to allow, e.g. the NSA or others to continue with their mass surveillance programs. It is further possible that people/organizations that Facebook/WhatsApp did not intend to give access to your messages have also gained access.

You should not use WhatsApp for sending anything you wouldn't want to become completely public.

For more information:
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/13/whatsapp-backdoor-allows-snooping-on-encrypted-messages

Alternatives

  • For mobile: Signal. It's end-to-end encrypted and open source (free)
  • For video messaging (Skype/Google Hangouts are not secure): Jitsi Meet is the simplest. You go to a website, you share a link. It just works.

There are other options, including Linphone and Jitsi over XMPP.

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I respect what you said and I know it's been a while, but Signal Foundation themselves denied that the encryption is poor and assured it can't be broken and user messages cannot be accessed.

always open source!

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WhatsApp Messenger is often compared with “Instant Messaging” programs however it’s not that sort of software.

After several months of using it and having tons of contacts (most of them unwillingly) including family, friends, people from work and friends of friends of friends it becomes even more time consuming and stressful than traditional Social Media with things like:

  • not being able to go “offline” or change accounts thus not being able to isolate contacts
  • anyone that gets my phone number becomes a contact whether I want it or not
  • constant waves of messages at any time of the day or night or whenever people feel lonely
  • contacts creating new groups all the time multiplying the amount of notifications received on the phone
  • people getting upset that they don't get a reply, that I have blocked them, that I have disabled notifications, etc.
  • contacts sharing personal information, pictures, my phone number, etc. with stranger or friends of friends
  • unappropriated messages and pictures are instantly received and show on the phone meaning it can lead to uncomfortable situations if for instance a children is using the phone at the moment
  • it’s very annoying trying to manage notifications the way you like it unlike in traditional instant messaging software

Yes, most of the things above can fixed installing additional apps or spending time managing the Android and WhatsApp configurations but that’s the problem: This app is extremely time consuming.

In other words if you’re a Social Media person and enjoy feeling like you are connected to people all the time (whether those people feel confortable with this or not) this is the app for you. If you want a discrete, simple to use and to manage Instant Messenger look somewhere else.

[Edited by Guido042, November 29]

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Yes It's Time To Ditch WhatsApp!

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Following today's announcement that WhatsApp plans to "..begin sharing more data with Facebook and will start letting some companies send messages to users.", it's high-time to look elsewhere and ditch WhatsApp for good.

There is an opt-out procedure, but can we trust facebook?

Ref:

WhatsApp users to receive adverts
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37184651

How do I choose not to share my account information with Facebook to improve my Facebook ads and products experiences?
https://www.whatsapp.com/faq/general/26000016

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Do not use this app; it has a history of security problems.

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WhatsApp has had a history of security problems, and the development team has demonstrated repeatedly that they could not care less, so this app might never be secure. Here's more info, if you are interested:

http://www.mathyvanhoef.com/2012/05/whatsapp-considered-insecure.html

http://www.esecurityplanet.com/mobile-security/researchers-warn-of-whatsapp-security-flaws.html

http://www.businessinsider.com/whatsapp-security-flaws-2012-9

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no more security problems..
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Love everything that you can do with it. Although you do need either data when you are out and about, it really doesn't take much though. I did have some connectivity issues and or delayed or scrambled messages but that was not that common so it's still not bad. I have mainly used it for work purposes and or just random group chats with friends!

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whatapp is for fools and imbeciles

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whatapp repackages XMPP and violates your privacy excessively.

XMPP is an Open Standard frequently used for Texting, calling, video, conferencing

XMPP Texting

If you're not using XMPP Texting you are [naively] needlessly paying to communicate on an internets device. It's likely you are new to connectivity (10 or less years). Grow up & spend less monthly.

  • SIP Texting

is an equally zero-cost option

Either way you can bridge to your naive peers with an ITSP like anveo or vitelity.

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Whatsapp is not really safe and not open source

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Cause it facilitates connecting friends and helps us to be united inspite of our differences,

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I love it, easy to use and to keep in touch with people everywhere. That "seen" blue check though.. i'm not a fan of it but I still prefer this app.

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Solid messenging with all the features you would expect. As an Android 6 user, I really appreciate the in-house emoji.
I'm missing the ability to send original files though. When you take a panorama photo, don't bother sending it over WhatsApp because all images automatically get shrunk to something like 1.1 MP (and recompressed). Not a problem for most users though.

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best messenger app

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i think this one over here its the best messenger app. Have everthing you need and its really friendly. 10 points.

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Facebook partnership sets it apart

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There are other apps that do the same thing as WhatsApp and they do not charge a $1/yr subscription fee. What may end up setting WhatsApp apart from the rest is its partnership with facebook.

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