WhatsApp has a policy of zero tolerance for third-party apps -particularly those not designed by Facebook- that modify their original operation and put the user in risk of losing your account.
This is what the courier service itself makes known in a statement on its website, ensuring that, in a first phase, the accounts will be subjected to a temporary suspension and that, in the event that users persist, their account “could be permanently suspended.”
“If you received a message within the application notifying that your account is ‘temporarily suspended’ it means that you are probably using an unauthorized version of WhatsApp instead of the official WhatsApp application “, they warn from the app in the Help Center section.
And they complete: “If after your account has been temporarily suspended you do not start using the official version of WhatsApp, your account could be permanently suspended“.
WhatsApp penalizes users who use modified versions of the original application.
The apps banned by WhatsApp
In particular, the messenger points you to two applications: WhatsApp Plus and GB WhatsApp, similar in their characteristics, since they provide a higher degree of customization to the WhatsApp experience as well as tools to make actions such as exporting chats easier.
In WhatsApp they ensure that these applications violate your terms and conditionsof use, in addition to maintaining that they are not safe.
The emoticons in WhatsApp Plus (left) compared to the original version that WhatsApp has.
Precisely, the sanction due to security issues. Failure to take action would imply that these apps could represent a potential danger for inexperienced users.
“These unofficial applications are developed by third parties and violate our Terms of Service. WhatsApp does not endorse the use of these third-party applications because it is not possible to validate their security practices, “they maintain.
However, this decision is in stark contrast to Telegram. Its applications are based on open source, and the developer allows the creation of alternative applications that use its code and have alterations in its operation. Only on Android can you find quite a few variants of the official client, in principle, supported by its Russian rival.
The security of third-party apps
Computer security specialists, such as those from the ESET company, do not recommend downloading this application outside of official stores. Google Play and App StoreSince it is not a trustworthy site, it is very likely that it has some type of malware (computer virus) hidden.
You also have to check permissions that the application requests are not excessive so as not to share more information than is necessary. And that’s not all: a security solution (antivirus) is key to detecting hidden threats in seemingly harmless applications.