A security problem in WhatsApp means that anyone can see users' profile photos, even if they have been set to be viewable to friends only, according to security researchers.
The problem, which was found by 17-year-old security researcher Indrajeet Bhuyan, seems to be a result of the phone app not being properly synced with the new web interface.
Users are able to set WhatsApp so that it only shares their profile photo with people they have as contacts. But the bug allows people to get around that and see the profile photos of strangers.
The web app also allows users to see photos that have since been deleted. On the phone app, those photos get blurred out — but on the web they seem to remain clearly forever.
Security expert Graham CluleyGraham Cluley said, “Sure, it’s not the most serious privacy breach that has ever occurred, but that’s missing the point. The fact of the matter is that WhatsApp users chose to keep their profile photos private, and their expectation is that WhatsApp will honour their choices and only allow their photos to be viewable by those who the user has approved.”
WhatsApp Web is a computer based extension of the WhatsApp account on your phone. The messages you send and receive are fully synced between your phone and your computer, and you can see all messages on both devices.
Now Whatsapp on Desktop Computers
WhatsApp announced the launch of WhatsApp Web on Wednesday, finally enabling the use of the popular messaging app on desktop computers. While the solution isn't cross-platform and feels like a hack at first glance, it works surprisingly well.
WhatsApp is now accessible both on your phone and your computer. WhatsApp Web is a computer based extension of the WhatsApp account on your phone.
The messages you send and receive are fully synced between your phone and your computer, and you can see all messages on both devices.
Any action you take on the phone will apply to WhatsApp Web and vice versa.
The service works by opening the latest version of WhatsApp, selecting WhatsApp Web and scanning a QR code on the company’s website.
What is QR Code?
A machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white squares, typically used for storing URLs or other information for reading by the camera on a smartphone.
How to Start Using WhatsAppWeb?
Step 1 : You need to have a stable internet connection on both your phone and your computer.
Step 2 : In Your Phone Update your Whats App to Latest Version
Step 3 :Then In Computer Install Chrome Browser and Visit web.whatsapp.com.Then you will see QR code on that page.(See the Following figure for more understanding)
Step 4: Next Open WhatsApp on your phone and go to Menu > WhatsApp Web .Then it will start searching the QR code part
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Step 5: Scan the QR Code on your computer .Once scan completes you can start access your whatsapp from your computer.
For most devices the menu button is a physical button on your phone. It is not part of the screen. The icon for the menu button will look different on different phones. Here are a few examples of what the menu button could look like:
For Android 4.0
For Android 4.2
Phone without Menu option Models/
Limitations for whats App Web
1)This service supports only on Chrome Browser
2)WhatsApp Web is available only for Android, Windows Phone, Nokia S60, BlackBerry and BB10 smartphones.