WhatsApp has more than 1.2 billion active users each month – making it one of the most popular mobile messaging apps to use. But, before you download a copy of it for yourself, there are few security issues to bear in mind – things you should know about before you start using it.
For starters, there is no real WhatsApp version for your computer. There is a WhatsApp web version that lets you connect your account through the desktop browser. However, to use it properly on the smartphone, you’ll have to be connected to the Internet and leave it running at all times. Most people don’t know it, but closing down the browser won’t shut off the WhatsApp Web feature on the computer.
Thus, anyone who has access to your computer can check out the WhatsApp Web and find out who you’ve been talking to. Of course, this can only happen if your smartphone is Internet-connected and the application is open.
What Should Developers Do To Fix The Issue? What Can You Do In The Meantime
This is a big security problem that developers need to address. Perhaps the developers need to find a way to turn the Web feature off once you’ve logged out of your computer or the browser has been closed. Until then, you’ll need to log out of the account on your computer. How do you do this?
- Go to the WhatsApp application.
- Hit the Option button and choose “WhatsApp Web.”
- Hit the button “Log out from all computers” to disconnect you from any computer you’ve scanned the QR code onto.
Bear in mind that any computer you scan the QR code for the WhatsApp web will stay connected to that browser until you’ve logged out using the smartphone.
How To Use WhatsApp On Your Desktop/Laptop Rather Than Your Smartphone
WhatsApp is one of the most easiest and convenient ways to message someone without the use of your phone. Thanks to its web.whatspp.com site, you can use the popular app via your laptop’s web browser to chat with friends either by group or individually.
Scan the QR code using your smartphone so the web WhatsApp will be accessible to you.
What’s So Great About WhatsApp Web?
WhatsApp Web is similar to WhatsApp mobile – all the messages you see on mobile are readable on the desktop and vice versa. You can even get and send pictures, voice messages and videos to your connections.
The drawback? You’re unable to make or get calls. You’ll need to use the WhatsApp app on your smartphone to make these calls. If you anticipate you’ll get a call through the app, your phone should be close by just in case.
Of course, if you’re working on a time-sensitive project, messing with your phone could be a bit inconvenient.
Is There A Potential Solution To This Problem?
There are few ways in which to get around the problem such as downloading and installing the Android emulator to your computer. While there are many emulators out there, you need to do your homework to find one from a reputable company.
You can go with the AMIDuOS version. It offers a free trial but if you want the Jelly Bean or Lollipop versions, you’ll pay either $10 or $15 after the trial period is over.
Andy is another popular free program that works quite well, although some people have reported some problems with installation.
Bluestacks has been around for many years and is a favorite among many in the Android community.
Once an Android emulator has been installed on your computer, you’ll need to go to Google Play Store. Look for the WhatsApp application and download and install it like you would the mobile version. Be sure to follow the instruction to set up the account. Now, you can start making and taking calls via WhatsApp but on your computer/laptop.
WhatsApp does not endorse these products and, while they will work, it may not be as stable as you’d like. You may have problems that WhatsApp is unable to address for you. You could get help from the Android emulator developer, however. So, if you do have problems, go to them for the assistance.