Popular free messaging app has failed miserably in the latest security report.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has published its annual ‘Who Has Your Back?’ scorecard, a report which rates 24 tech giants for security and data protection compliance. WhatsApp rated just one star out of a possible five. The company, which is owned by Facebook, had adopted none of the best practices recommended by the EFF.
This vulnerability exists regardless of what keyboard a susceptible phone is configured to use. While SwiftKey is available as a third-party app for all Android phones, there’s no immediate indication they are vulnerable, since those updates are handled through the normal Google Play update mechanism.
For the time being, there’s little people with vulnerable phones can do to prevent attacks other than to avoid unsecured Wi-Fi networks. . There is no way to uninstall the underlying app, even when Galaxy owners use a different keyboard.