Thursday, October 29, 2015

WhatsApp 2.13.11 Update for Nokia Asha Rolls Out

A logo sits illuminated outside the Nokia pavilion during the second day of the Mobile World Congress 2015 at the Fira Gran Via complex on March 3, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The annual Mobile World Congress hosts some of the wold's largest communication companies, with many unveiling their latest phones and wearables gadgets. 
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Mobile World Congress 2015 - Day 2

WhatsApp is one of the latest mobile apps that received an update. Now, the new WhatsApp 2.13.11 update will also be available for Nokia Asha.

According to a report from Neuro Gadget, the WhatsApp 2.13.11 is currently released on its beta version and will be available on the Opera Mobile Store or popularly known as Nokia Store. Users who also wish to try the version of the new WhatsApp update can download the file from the Android website. Using the Nokia Asha, users can download the new WhatsApp update and click on the icon to install it on their mobile phones.

The purpose of the new WhatsApp 2.13.11 update, intended for the Nokia Asha, is to let users see and observe the possible bugs and fixes needed while using the beta version.

After installing the WhatsApp 2.13.11 update, users can go on WhatsApp from their Nokia Asha phones. From there, they will be able to notice anything about the app that needs to be fixed.
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In a report by Techworm, the WhatsApp application allegedly has a setback that may have been kept secret from its users. This is the collection of phone numbers and call durations of clients without their knowledge.

The University of New Haven recently released a report that confirms the alleged unauthorized collection of data as well as the users' areas of origin.

The University of New Haven's Cyber Forensics Research & Education Group conducted the investigation called "WhatsApp Network Forensics: Decrypting and Understanding WhatsApp Call Signaling Messages." In their research, they revealed the number of users who have their WhatsApp account linked to social media profiles such as Facebook. The researchers wrote, "We decrypted the WhatsApp client connection to the WahtsApp servers and visualized messages exchanged through such a connection using a command line tool we created."

Based on the University's research, they were able to confirm what the network traffic was able to save and consolidate. It cludes WhatsApp call data, WhatsApp call numbers as well as metadata and date-time stamps.

Another intriguing part of the revelation is he ability of WhatsApp to save the IP addresses used during the WhatsApp call time period.

Whether the research revealed some security and privacy lapses on the side of WhatsApp, there is still no confirmation on how it will affect app users.

WhatsApp is being updated regularly and is used by several smartphone providers including Apple and Android users.