23 January, 2021

It's That Eavesdrop Endemic

Whatsapp Says It’s Snoop-Proof Now, But There’s Always A Way In

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It's That Eavesdrop Endemic

Lock And Key

  • WhatsApp says it has end-to-end encryption, so no one, not even WhatsApp, can snoop into calls.
  • Experts say any encryption can be broken by security agencies. Android phones can also get infected by malware.


For years, a Delhi power-broker used to call from nondescript landline numbers, changing them ever so often. Of late, he has star­ted using WhatsApp calls for ‘sensitive’ conversations. He’s not alone. WhatsApp has revealed that over 100 million voice calls are being made on the social network every day. That’s over 1,100 calls a second! India is one of the biggest user bases of WhatsApp. And many Indian users are making the app their main engine for voice calls.

One reason for this shift is that Whats­App calls are seen to be essentia­lly free­ (though they indeed have data char­ges). But for a lot of people, the chief allure lies in the touted fact that WhatsApp calling is far more secure than mobile calling....



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