WhatsApp: thousands of cell phone numbers in Google to find it - but it is not a Bug

The phone numbers of countless WhatsApp users are sometimes unintentionally on Google to find. Responsible for the so-called Click-to-Chat feature of the messen

WhatsApp: thousands of cell phone numbers in Google to find it - but it is not a Bug

The phone numbers of countless WhatsApp users are sometimes unintentionally on Google to find. Responsible for the so-called Click-to-Chat feature of the messenger is.

Actually, the function is practical and offers Business customers and website visitors an advantage. With the Click-to-Chat feature, users can start a Chat with someone, even if you have not saved his phone number.

as Long as you know the telephone number of the Person, and this has a active WhatsApp Account, you can create a user a Link to a Chat can be started. About Click-to-Chat, you will be invited via a Link. This is especially handy if companies and customers want to communicate with each other.

WhatsApp lists a mobile phone number in the URL to

The Problem: In the Chat URL the phone is also always contain a number. A security researcher has now discovered that Facebook is blocking the WhatsApp Links for Google as the mobile search numbers through a simple Google-searchable.

When a threat is post warns security researcher Athul Jayaram that the numbers are due to the Click-to-Chat Links, as confirmed in the wrong hands could get. According to the experts, around 300,000 mobile phone had been listed in Google's numbers publicly. Third parties could easily access to WhatsApp-numbers and profile information such as profile pictures. FOCUS Online provides you daily with the most important news from the Digital Department. Here you can subscribe to the Newsletter.

However, it is important to note that it is likely to be the case, most of the public WhatsApp Accounts of the company for which the function Click-to-Chat is intended. WhatsApp also points when you Create an invitation on the left explicitly to the fact that the phone number is part of the URL. From the point of view of Facebook and WhatsApp so this is not a Bug, but a Feature. And, indeed, private users are not likely to be affected in this case.

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is WhatsApp protect-users

if you want to protect yourself as a private user, nevertheless, from prying eyes, should set his profile information such as profile image and short description in the WhatsApp settings on open to the public.

A much larger safety gap only caused a stir in February, as in the case of WhatsApp group Chats were open to the public, Google indexed and searchable. Private Chats were for unauthorized persons to access.

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Updated Date: 10 June 2020, 06:27

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