Why You Should Stop Saving Photos From iMessage, WhatsApp And Android Messages

Given you’re reading this story, the chances are that you’re somewhat cyber aware. If I was to send you a file attachment in a text message—let’s say a Word or PDF document, you’re hopefully programmed to ask a whole set of questions before opening or saving that attachment to your phone. Do I know the sender? Was I expecting the file? But what if it was just a photo—something amusing or attention-grabbing to keep or share? You can view the image within the messaging app, you can see what you’re getting, surely there’s no harm in saving it to your photo album?

If only that was the case. The fact is that a malicious image has the same capacity to damage your device and steal your data as a malicious attachment. The only difference is that it’s a more sophisticated attack, which makes it rarer. We saw the latest

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Why You Need This Radical New WhatsApp Update

There was an awkward twist to last week’s news that WhatsApp users are being targeted with “text bomb” messages—crafted character strings that crash the app. An awkward twist for WhatsApp, that is, quite apart from the pain for impacted users. The Facebook-owned messaging platform has assured that the vulnerability is being fixed, that updates will be rolled out to users worldwide.

But it’s not that simple—there are two serious issues with WhatsApp, both of which make this text bomb attack more serious than it need be, both of which are reportedly being fixed, both of which will be a radical update for 2 billion WhatsApp users.

The warning about this latest spate of dangerous messages has been widely covered in the media. The coded messages throw WhatsApp into an infinite crash cycle that requires a user to delete and reinstall the app. The text strings cannot be rendered by

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