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3 Myths about WhatsApp encryption debunked (the third one’s a shocker!)

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Written by Aishwar Babber

You must have heard a lot about WhatsApp’s encryption by now and you might think it is something complex. It’s rather a very simple concept. Encryption scrambles your data into random characters known as ciphertext that can only be unscrambled into meaningful information by the authorized user when he enters the decryption key. This key is either a PIN, passphrase, or a password.

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WhatsApp’s encryption setting is turned on by default on all devices. Encryption relieved users from a lot of threats. You now know that no cybercriminal can lay his hands over the files, videos, images, and messages that you share with contacts via WhatsApp. Plus, nxo random person can eavesdrop on your conversion anymore not even the government spies

Some of you might already know what encryption means but there is still a lot of information that WhatsApp users are unaware of. So, we bring you the top 3 myths about WhatsApp’s encryption:

Myth 1: Encryption is hard to implement

It is easy to turn encryption on when you have an iPhone but difficult on PC or Android, right? Not really.  An encryption software is pretty easy to use. If it wasn’t, it would be useless because people are never willing to use technology that is complicated.

The difficulties of implanting encryption vary depending on the operating system in use but it is not that big of a deal. Fortunately, you don’t have to set WhatsApp’s encryption manually; it is already set by default.

Myth 2: Encryption affects performance

Encrypting each message would probably take so much time, right? What if it is affecting the performance of my WhatsApp? Relax, encryption does not affect performance. It’s true in rare cases but you don’t have to worry about receiving messages on WhatsApp late because the encryption is so fast you will barely notice it.

The developers of WhatsApp know their audience. They know customers do not expect additional security at the expense of compromised functionality. They don’t want to compromise the convenience of getting instant messages.

Myth 3: Encryption is 100% secure

WhatsApp encryption is definitely a great way of protecting your conversation but it’s not a foolproof method. Your privacy is still at stake—to an extent.

WhatsApp stores all messages and conversations in encrypted files. You cannot read or edit them without the encryption key. All this data is stored in different files such as msgstore.db and msgtsore.db.crypt8. Before the security update, these files were stored in msgstore.db.crypt7 files and it was easy to decrypt them by using backup apps.

Even though after security updates, new encryption was applied but hackers are still one step ahead of the security experts at WhatsApp. They have managed to break through this security layer too.

There are plenty of third-party apps out there that give you access to the encrypted data in a decrypted form. Such apps are not available on the Google Play Store but uploaded independently on third-party sites.

Some of these apps are also sold in the name of WhatsApp spying apps like Xnspy. Let’s say you are person “A” and you want to access the WhatsApp messages of person “B.” For that, you must install Xnspy on person B’s phone.

What this WhatsApp spying app does is it picks all the data from person B’s phone and displays it in Xnspy’s dashboard from where Person A can access their WhatsApp conversations. This includes all the photo, audio, and video messages. It’s not necessary for person B’s smartphone to be rooted for this WhatsApp spying app to work. Surprisingly, person B will never know their messages are being read by someone else because Xnspy is a covert app.

The developers of WhatsApp are aware that using such third-party app, anyone can a user’s database and they don’t even have to open their WhatsApp to read these conversations because it’s done remotely.

It turns out the problem is not in the encryption, the weak link is, in fact, the keys since they are breakable. Edward Snowden says, if encryption is implemented properly, it works. The centralized data of keys is the target of cybercriminals. So, WhatsApp needs to focus on how to make the keys more defensible.

About the author

Aishwar Babber

Aishwar Babber is a passionate blogger and digital marketer. He loves to talk and blog about gadget, and latest tech, which motivates him to run GizmoBase. He is into digital marketing and SEO and is looking forward to living a successful entrepreneur's life.

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