Don’t Use Whatsapp in Pakistan – Says The Government

Pakistan government's warning about risky mobile apps

A warning has been issued to officials in the government regarding the use of social media applications especially Whatsapp. What could be serious for all Whatsapp users? A warning was issued to Government officials about social network platform that it can transmit the confidential information about users without their consent abroad. The circular, treated as “Confidential”, referred to a report published by mobile security company Appthority which exposed that enterprises are frequently blacklisting Android and iOS applications as they leak data and send information from device’s address to remote server which may be potentially risky for users

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This type of behaviour poses a serious risk to enterprises when the data is sent without being encrypted. The report also enlisted top 100 Android and IOS applications along with their risk score where Whatsapp tops the list The Circular

The official Recommendation:

  • Use of social media applications especially “WhatsApp” should be avoided as they send user information without their consent to servers abroad.
  • Install and UPDATE well reputed antiviruses such as Kaspersky, Bitdefender, Nod32, Avast, etc.
  • Install and regularly update software firewall such as Comodo Firewall of Zonealarm.

Do not download anything sent by others or you may be risking lot more than just theft of identity


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