Popular messenger’s new feature could lead to spread of viruses
Posted by Associated Press on 17th July 2017
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Instant messaging service WhatsApp now allows users to send files up to 100 MB, an upgrade from previous abilities, which only supported the sharing of documents and photo or video files.

But the new feature brings some risk – it could lead to the spread of malicious software. Because users can send messages and files to people who aren’t on their contact lists through WhatsApp, anyone can receive a corrupted file or link from an unknown source and inadvertently infect his device.

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Additionally, many Android users skip the Google Play Store and download or share apps directly, especially in countries like Russia or China, where some applications are restricted, or there’s no access to the Google Play Store.

Malicious apps are less likely to impact iOS-based devices, since they’re thoroughly vetted before being allowed into the App Store.

Applications infiltrated with malware are becoming problematic for Android app developers and consumers. As of last spring, an estimated 1.3 to 1.4 billion people owned Android phones.

WhatsApp reported 1.2 billion users as of February 2017. The service was purchased by Facebook for $19.3 billion in 2014.