If you haven't updated your WhatsApp yet, it's high-time you do it right this instant! With an estimated 1.5 billion users, the messaging app has recently urged everyone to update to its latest version. The alarming ask comes after a malicious security breach on the privacy of Whatsapp's users, which was recently reported by the Financial Times.
According to the Financial Times, the code used to hack into Whatsapp's servers originated from the NSO Group, an Israeli technology company that deals with cyber intelligence. "Attackers were able to install the malicious code, developed by the secretive Israeli company NSO Group, on to both iPhones and Android phones by ringing up targets using the app’s call function," read FT's Instagram caption about the breach.
The code has reportedly allowed hackers to "install surveillance software onto iOS and Android phones." Once your gadget has been compromised, the bug can then invade your privacy by being able to turn on your phone's microphone and camera, sift through your emails, and collect data regarding your location.
The latest update from WhatsApp promises to contain a fix to the malware without really much of an explanation as to how, or approximately how many of its users were really affected.
Nevertheless, you can never be too safe. If your phone isn't set to automatically update your apps, go to Google Play or your iPhone App Store and search for WhatsApp. The app should have an update option beside its icon.