These are the risks of downloading the new version of WhatsApp Plus 2023

WhatsApp Plus has become in recent years a very common platform among users of smartphones In Colombia and the world, although it is a service that was not created by Meta, many people install this platform on their devices because it allows incorporating functions that the original application lacks.

Thanks to this, users have a tool that allows them to manipulate some options with more freedom (such as the connection time or the double check blue) and the appearance of the platform, it is also possible to chat using two different numbers from the same cell phone.

However, since WhatsApp Plus is an unofficial version of the popular messaging platform, it does not have all the legal permissions recognized by WhatsApp Messenger. For this reason, it uses a source code and modifies it looking to add new functions that catch many users in the world.

WhatsApp Plus allows you to manage two accounts on the same cell phone – Photo: Composition of WEEK

For this reason, both from the social network and from many technology experts, it has been warned that, since it is not an official version of the application, WhatsApp Plus would bring security problems to users’ personal data, which would make are more exposed than if they used the correct version.

What could cause users who use this application to have their personal data, addresses and sensitive information stolen that allows cybercriminals to steal accounts and send false messages in search of different objectives. In most cases, in search of data or financial theft.

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One of the key points that means that users are not protected using this alternative application is that the messages do not have the end-to-end encryption that WhatsApp has. In other words, WhatsApp Plus can read absolutely all the messages sent through its platform. What makes people have less privacy, using these types of applications.

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All conversations on WhatsApp Plus can be read by the app. – Photo: Getty Images

What to do if WhatsApp blocked an account for using WhatsApp Plus?

In some cases, WhatsApp Plus users may have problems because they have been temporarily blocked by WhatsApp, for having used this unofficial service.

This blocking occurs because WhatsApp has very strict rules against the use of unofficial apps in its messaging service. The Meta application has warned on its official blog that the use of such applications produces security gaps that cybercriminals can take advantage of to steal information from the user’s chats.

As a security measure, the instant messaging platform can apply a temporary block to the account of those who use WhatsApp Plus, as a means to punish those who violate its rules.

Accounts suspended for using WhatsApp Plus will show a clock with a countdown, generally that counter is 24 hours and until that time expires, the user will not be able to use WhatsApp.

New WhatsApp updates cause the app to stop working on certain phones.
WhatsApp blocks some accounts for using WhatsApp Plus. – Photo: WEEK composition with images from Getty Images

However, there is a method to overcome the situation and thus recover the account without waiting so long:

  • First of all, you have to uninstall WhatsApp Plus from the phone
  • Enter the Google Play Store to download and install the official WhatsApp application
  • Go to the ‘settings’ or ‘configuration’ section of the phone and then access the ‘Applications’ option
  • Search for WhatsApp in the list and then delete the app’s cache
  • Sign back into the instant messaging app
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By executing this process, the user could recover access to their WhatsApp account, in order to chat again with their contacts and without having to wait for the 24 hours that the blockade lasted.

However, there is also the possibility that when applying the aforementioned method the ad with the countdown still continues to appear. This will be because WhatsApp has previously admonished the user and therefore the restriction persists.

In this situation, it is best to wait for the blocking time to expire and once access to the account is recovered, it is advisable to never use WhatsApp Plus again.

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