ANYONE who uses WhatsApp on an Android phone needs to be on the lookout for an important Google message.
It can mean that you are in serious danger of being spied on.
An official WhatsApp alert revealed that if you see them, you may be at risk.
The message from Google reads: “This app is fake…”.
This means you accidentally (or intentionally) started using a fake version of WhatsApp.
“If you received this Play Protect warning from Google, you are probably using an unauthorized and unofficial version of WhatsApp,” WhatsApp explained.
“For security reasons, Google may disable and uninstall these applications.”
Fake versions of WhatsApp can take many forms.
It may be a rogue app designed to spy on you or perform other criminal activities.
If so, you probably accidentally downloaded it.
Or it could be an app you downloaded on purpose because it offers extra functionality.
Of course, this could still be a dangerous criminal enterprise.
And even if it’s not operated by cyber criminals, your messages might still be less protected.
“Unofficial WhatsApp apps are modified versions of our app, meaning they are developed by third parties and violate our Terms of Service,” WhatsApp advised.
“We don’t support these apps because they compromise your privacy and security.
“If you use them, there is no guarantee that your messages or your data such as your location or the files you share will be private and secure.”
If you get the warning, your best bet is to install the official version of WhatsApp.
Delete the fake version and switch to the legitimate version so you know your messages are safe.
Here you can download WhatsApp for Android:
To be sure, remember to check if the app has millions of reviews and billions of downloads.
This way you will know that you are downloading the main version of WhatsApp.