by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
It is not easy to say, is the answer.
Already, many programs, browsers and ad agencies by means of applets, tracking cookies etc. gather information about your use of the internet through the device you use to connect it.
FaceBook is already collecting this data for those who do not use Whatsapp. Now Whatsapp will be collecting this date when it is used with FaceBook. It is not clear if it will collect this data when it is NOT being used with Facebook. Some reports deny this, but with Zuckerberg’s tendancy to always grab more than he admits he is grabbing, it is safe to say, that one should presume it will.
However, you can do a lot to protect your privacy simply by keeping your devices clean. One way to do this is to erase the kind of information that can be gathered, by using a program to do this kind of scrubbing daily. It is also good sense to keep memory usage and storage usage down.
One highly recommended program to protect privacy is CCleaner, which for computers wipes clean such tracking programlets whenever you run it. It is also available for cellphones. However, the Cellphone version must be used with greater caution, because its default setting is to erase all your stored photos, videos and text messsages on apps like Whatsapp.
Whatsapp and the Great Reset
The utility of Whatsapp was created when Phone Companies and Nation States began to phase out or outlaw the electronic recording of phone messages. Whatsapp filled that need by allowing images, text and audio and video message to be sent and stored user to user.
A lot of individuals, however, share very private information through Whatsapp — something that should never be done with any internet or electronic device, EVER. And for that reason a lot of folks are panicking.
The best advice is not to use electronic devices to communicate. Speak to the person in person.
Facebook, as well as every other program you use on the internet, is going to gather more information on you to be able to discern better to which of these to groups you belong. This is a necessary step toward the new Orwellian State.
CREDITS: The above graphic was distributed by the Internet Freedom Foundation’s official twitter account:
3 thoughts on “What’s up with Whatsapp?”
Get rid of Spy-up and use Signal.
Signal is funded and controlled by the US Department of Defense. Telegram by the CIA. Happy communicating!
I’d like to clarify the topic. Let’ make some premises first.
I’m and engineer who has dealt with Information Security. No APP is secure 100% and it will never be since all Operating Systems are compromised by embedded backdoors (even Linux kernel), for security purposes (and in all honesty there are reasons why in some instance the government institutions should be granted the possibility to sneak into private business, even if we do not like it). That being said, there is no proof of external control over Signal, even if some unverified news circulated some time ago. Signal “End to End encryption” has been tested as secure. This means that the communciation is, today, reasonably safe but this does not means that once the data are on your terminal (PC or smarthphone) the data are secure; actually they can be accessed via backdoors or trojans (or other Apps such as Whatsapp which can act as a trojan).
Signal is today one of the best options, and far far more secure than whatsapp. If Signal will be found to be compromised at the extent of Whatsapp then we will move away.
I cannot say anything about Telegram…let’s say I do not trust the company….and you might be right.
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