These are third-party platforms that let you know when a number is online and send that notification to whoever uses that service.
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Third-party applications let you know when a user is online (Photo: Reuters)
There are a large number of applications that are based on tracking the activity of other users on WhatsApp without their consent. A trend that encroaches on privacy and appears to be on the rise, according to a Business Insider report .
These apps notify whoever is downloading them when the person whose activity you want to monitor is online. For this, the user is asked to enter the mobile number on which he wants to exercise this control activity. Once this is done, the application will notify the user when that person is online. In some cases, the option of viewing a chronological report is even offered where you can see the moments of the day in which the platform was used.
It should be noted that the legend “online” cannot be deactivated in WhatsApp. In this aspect, it is impossible to be inside the service and be totally “invisible”.
Within the messaging service, a series of options such as the last connection time or the read confirmation can be disabled, but it is not possible to prevent the message “the line” from being seen when the user is inside the application.
Although these applications do not have access to the conversations, which are end-to-end encrypted , in this way they manage to obtain information about the consumption habits of users; specifically in relation to when they are browsing within the service.
Some apps even allow you to compare if two numbers are online simultaneously (Photo: EFE)
Some apps even allow you to compare if two numbers are online simultaneously and from there it allows you to infer the possibility that these two people have been in contact. Of course, this cannot be reliably demonstrated because the mere fact that two events occur simultaneously does not ensure more than that: that they occurred at the same time but nothing more. Thus and all that these tracking apps offer is to obtain a percentage of possibility of interaction between those two numbers based on the time that both spent connected.
Consulted on this subject, from WhatsApp they said that they maintain automated systems against abuse that identify and prevent abuse by applications that try to detect information from WhatsApp users, and that they constantly work to improve their systems over time. “We also request that app stores remove apps that abuse our brand and violate our terms of service,” they stressed.
Alert for a message that blocks WhatsApp
Some time ago messages circulated on WhatsApp that contain a succession of strange and meaningless characters that block the application. This is warned by the specialized site WABeta Info. As mentioned on that site, the combination of strange characters prevents WhatsApp from processing them, which causes it to freeze and stop working correctly.
There are many WhatsApp groups where some users share these codes, created with the purpose of affecting the messaging service on both Android and iOS.
Sometimes these messages are digital vCards that, if opened, can verify that there are around 100 associated contacts . “ Each contact has a very long strange name that contains a lock code. Sometimes the vCard is also modified, editing / injecting something called Payload that makes the situation worse ”, it is mentioned in the text.
It should be noted that WhatsApp announced that it released and began distributing an update for iOS that addresses this problem. So as a first measure, to protect yourself from this problem, it is essential to have the app updated.
In case the latest updated version of the application has not been downloaded and there is a malicious message, then it is suggested to delete the message from WhatsApp web as well as block the contact who also sent it from WhatsApp Web. Then it is convenient to set a limitation in the group privacy settings so that only certain contacts can add you to group chats. For that you have to go to Settings / Privacy / Groups and there choose the desired option.
In case it cannot be solved in this way, then the application will have to be deleted and reinstalled. Previous chats can be recovered when reinstalling the app if the back up option was previously enabled, otherwise they will no longer be accessible.