Will Cathcart, the CEO of WhatsApp, has warned that using modified or fake versions of the program is risky and could be harmful. On Twitter, a business leader told people not to download different versions of the app.
Cathcart says that it’s “never a good idea” to use unlicensed versions of the chat messenger. Even though apps like these might not be harmful, they could hurt WhatsApp’s privacy and security.
He said that his security team has recently found a number of fake WhatsApp apps on the Google Play Store. He said it is a new discovery. A firm “HeyMods” is spreading this fraudulent WhatsApp, which is also as “Hey WhatsApp.” In reality, it’s a scam to get your personal information by telling you that you’ll get more services.
So that their findings wouldn’t be used in dangerous ways. The team told Google about what they had found and teamed up with the most popular search engine in the world. Google Play Protect has made it possible to protect Android devices from fake versions of WhatsApp that could be harmful, and this will continue in the future.
The CEO goes on to say that mobile malware is a problem for a long time that needs addressing. And also that the security industry is doing everything it can to stop it from spreading.
In an interview, he said that people who use WhatsApp should tell their friends and family not to download or use fake copies of the app. The only places you should go to get the app are the official WhatsApp website or the Google Play Store.