A Whatsapp Web breach allows you contacts to see your location without permission. There is a trick that allows you to spy on the location of other people without them knowing. A very dangerous game.
Your contacts with using Whatsapp Web can see your location without permission
No matter how robust the codes of the applications we use are, there is always the possibility of coming across a small security breach that can undermine all the measures put in place to preserve users’ privacy. This is the risk that WhatsApp Web users are now facing.
The computer version of WhatsApp is one of its weakest branches, it can be very useful but should be used with caution. On the website adn40, they explain how you can know the location of another person without them knowing, through the Windows 10 operating system.
This is a small security breach that only works if both people are using WhatsApp Web at the same time, the spy and the victim and if a Windows 10 computer is used to invade the privacy of the other person. It’s complicated, but it poses a considerable risk for many people.
The process, as explained in Business Insider, consists of using the Windows task manager. With this program, we can know all the applications and systems that are active and occupying the computer’s CPU. It doesn’t matter if people use WhatsApp Web through an iOS or Android mobile, with this trick, spying is assured.
It should not be necessary to explain that this is an invasion of other people’s privacy and can be a crime, if the other person does not want to tell you where he is, you must respect it.
- Press Control+Alt+Delete to open the Task Manager.
- Now press Win+R to open Run and type cmd.
- Then, in the terminal type “netstat -a -n” (without quotes) and press Enter.
- Finally, enter this website (htttp://www.ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/), enter the IP address and you will automatically see the location of this person.
How to protect yourself?
As we cannot expect everyone to comply with the rules, we are obliged to exercise extreme caution when using new technologies. We have the option of blocking the GPS of cell phones and computers while we are not actively using it, so that background applications cannot use it without our consent.
Use WhatsApp Web only when it is essential and do not keep the browser window open permanently. In addition to this security breach, others have been found previously that can be a risk if we have WhatsApp Web open while working.
On Android and iOS mobiles there is the possibility of consulting which applications have access to our data, such as location, and being able to deny them access or accept it. Checking this detail from time to time is a very useful security measure. You can also check your computer settings and see if you have location enabled and for which applications: Settings < Privacy < Location.
This is what we can do while waiting for WhatsApp and Windows to work to eliminate this security breach and strengthen privacy measures between these two systems.