Unofficial WhatsApp application can expose you to malicious code, data loss and even account suspension.
Despite being the most popular messaging app in the world, with 2 billion users, WhatsApp still lacks some features. It was only recently that the app was given the option to silence conversations forever, for example. With an eye on small conveniences like this, many people look for “adapted” versions of WhatsApp, which are not official.
GBWhatsApp and FMWhatsApp are two examples. There are also versions distributed with names like “Foaud WhatsApp”, “WhatsApp Plus”, “Yo WhatsApp” or “WhatsApp Pro”. All are very similar and are only available for Android.
Using these versions of WhatsApp can be risky and is not a best practice.
Suspension of WhatsApp account:
Using an unofficial version of WhatsApp, you are at risk of having your account suspended. If this happens, you will no longer be able to use WhatsApp until your account is regularized. The alert on this possibility is on the official WhatsApp website. See what the company says:
“Unsupported apps (like WhatsApp Plus, GB WhatsApp and other apps that claim to transfer your conversations between different devices) are modified versions of WhatsApp. These unofficial apps were developed by other companies and violate our Terms of Service. WhatsApp does not is compatible with these apps because we are unable to validate the security measures implemented by them. ”
As much as the modified applications are similar to the official version, it is very likely that they will show some difference in communication with WhatsApp servers, which are responsible for the messaging infrastructure. In this way, WhatsApp can identify the irregularity and suspend your account.
WhatsApp is frequently updated to fix security issues, which helps make your smartphone more resilient against hacker attacks. Without these updates, someone could break into your phone just by sending a message or starting a video call.
It is not possible to know if alternative versions of WhatsApp also receive these improvements. However good the intentions of the author of the modification, he does not have access to the complete code of the application, which can introduce other flaws or leave old flaws without proper correction.
Loss of data due to incompatibility
WhatsApp can be configured to perform periodic cloud backups to ensure that you don’t miss your messages after reinstalling the app. This also prevents data loss in the event of defects in the device, loss or theft of the phone.
With modified versions of WhatsApp, it is possible that you will not be able to restore your data from the backup, because the data format is not necessarily the same.
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