Bengaluru, NFAPost News Service: WhatsApp announced that it has succeeded in supporting more than two billion users around the world since its inception in January 2009
According to a release, WhatApp stated that the app has helped mothers and fathers can reach their loved ones no matter where they are. “Brothers and sisters can share moments that matter. Coworkers can collaborate, and businesses can grow by easily connecting with their customers. ,” satted the company.
WhatsApp started its journey with Brian Acton and Jan Koum in Mountain View and later was acquired by Facebook in February 2014 for approximately $19.3 billion. Koum named the app WhatsApp to sound like “what’s up”.
The copany said private conversations that once were only possible face-to-face can now take place across great distances through instant chats and video calling.
“There are so many significant and special moments that take place over WhatsApp and we are humbled and honored to reach this milestone. We know that the more we connect, the more we have to protect. As we conduct more of our lives online, protecting our conversations is more important than ever,” said the company.
WhatsApp came under attack as many of messages were leaked by hackers. In May 2019, WhatsApp was attacked by hackers who installed spyware on a number of smartphones. The hack, allegedly developed by Israeli surveillance technology firm NSO Group, injected malware onto WhatsApp users’ phones via a remote-exploit bug in the app’s Voice over IP calling functions.
WhatsApp stated that every private message sent using WhatsApp is secured with end-to-end encryption by default. Also, the company said strong encryption acts like an unbreakable digital lock that keeps the information send over WhatsApp secure, helping protect from hackers and criminals.
“Messages are only kept on your phone, and no one in between can read your messages or listen to your calls, not even us. Your private conversations stay between you. Strong encryption is a necessity in modern life,” states the company.
“We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe. For even more protection, we work with top security experts, employ industry leading technology to stop misuse as well as provide controls and ways to report issues — without sacrificing privacy,” states the company.
WhatsApp started with the goal of creating a service that is simple, reliable, and private for people to use. Today the company remains as committed as when it started, to help connect the world privately and to protect the personal communication of two billion users all over the world.
The app’s service requires users to provide a standard cellular mobile number for registering with the service. In January 2018, WhatsApp released a standalone business app targeted at small business owners, called WhatsApp Business, to allow companies to communicate with customers who use the standard WhatsApp client.