WhatsApp has come out with its new features like blue ticks and last seen features; but the new security issue lets anyone track you. It does not come from the Facebook-owned company itself. Still, it has not come up with the solution of the problems that its users are facing at present. A student from a Dutch university has initiated a program that is capable of exposing crucial weaknesses allegedly plaguing WhatsApp. Using the web-based software, anyone can mess with your privacy settings and keep tabs on your movements on the messenger app. And it does not take much time and effort to do so.
WhatsApp has security flaw and allows anyone track you:
If you have a stalker that is capable of following Maikel Zweerink’s instructions to frame WhatsSpy Public and then set it on you, your privacy choices, updates, offline/online status and profile photos could be open to track you. Zweerink really wanted to know how ‘broken or unsafe’ WhatsApp’s privacy options are. He insists that WhatsSpy Public can be hacked or exploited since WhatsApp is ‘broken by design’. So you can keep your Last Seen, profile picture and status to yourself. If someone is viewing your conversation with them, you can still appear ‘online’ to them when you’re signed in anyway.
If you have any doubt on accuracy of Zweerink’s claim, you can just mail him the phone number through which you use WhatsApp. You can do this after setting your maximizing the strength of your privacy options. He claims that the concept works via an ‘I can see whenever you’re online’ exercise. The lesson that one can learn from this is that it is secure messaging tool like WhatsApp and is accessible to prying eyes. People should be careful not only when they’re on the Internet, but also when they’re using web-based services.