If you are using a Smartphone and unaware of WhatsApp, better sell your device and shift back to some old age phone that is designed only for calling purpose! No matter which OS is installed on your device; let it be Android, iOS or any other popular mobile OS, in the list of highly rated third party apps, WhatsApp ranks among first ten. Users with limited SMS allowance prefer WhatsApp to stay connected to their friends. You can even share multimedia like photos, music and videos through this app provided active Internet connection. But is this app protecting your privacy and security?
As reported by AndroidPolice, WhatsAppSniffer is an app that works as name suggest. It is a packet sniffer that can efficiently extract content from your WhatsApp conversation offered that device running this sniffer and other Android devices are on same wireless connection. This “intruder” can even take out images, videos and music you share over WhatsApp instant messaging service. WhatsApp uses plaintext for conversation and it is one of the reasons why extracting out content from conversation has become so easy for WhatsAppSniffer.
The worst thing in this issue is, developer team of WhatsApp has been notified about possible security breach time to time but they have simply ignored it. If you are using rooted Android device, we insist you to download WhatsAppSniffer and give it a try. You will notice how easily conversations over Wi-Fi connection can be seen and content can be extracted from those conversations.
It is least expected that WhatsApp team will look into this matter and take necessary actions to protect privacy or users might have to drop using this useful app.