What if your WhatsApp Group’s chats were exposed? You will get goosebumps if that happens. But reportedly this did happen because Google is indexing a WhatsApp Group, so your group and it’s chat can appear on Google Search! Wow, so scary.
Information about the Google indexed WhatsApp Group was first reported by Jordan Wildon. He said: Your WhatsApp group might not be as safe as you thought. The “Invite to Groups through Links” feature allows groups to be indexed by Google and they are generally available on the internet. With a few wildcard search terms, you can easily find several interesting groups.
This raises a big question mark on WhatsApp security. According to Jane Manchun Wong, this happened because of a configuration error by WhatsApp. WhatsApp should use Disallow with robots.txt or meta index tags.
As a result, Google indexes WhatsApp group chats via the invitation link, and it works even for private group chats. But if it’s based on “device to device” encryption, how can chat be indexed?
The motherboard investigates further, and they can take phone numbers by joining a group that describes itself as a UN-accredited NGO. This does not disappoint because you can see it after joining, and the invitation is not password protected. Anyone who has the link can join the group.
This is what WhatsApp representative said to them:
“Group admins in WhatsApp groups are able to invite any WhatsApp users to join that group by sharing a link that they have generated. Like all content that is shared in searchable, public channels, invite links that are posted publicly on the internet can be found by other WhatsApp users. Links that users wish to share privately with people they know and trust should not be posted on a publicly accessible website. “
It seems like WhatsApp has taken action. Does this cause you concern? Will you move to other safer messengers such as Signal, Wire, Telegram, and similar? Tell me in the comment section below, mates.
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