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WhatsApp Code Verify Browser Extention Protects Web Users

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The instant messaging platform WhatsApp owned by Meta has introduced a new open-source web extension dubbed Code Verify for its web users. Going by the official announcement by the company via its blog, then the extension will automatically verify the authenticity of the WhatsApp Web code that is served to the browser. This extension will ensure that the WhatsApp Web code is unaltered to make web experiences secure.

 
WhatsApp Code Verify Browser Extention Protects Web Users

As per the official blog, WhatsApp's Code Verify expands on the concept of subresource integrity, which is a security feature letting web browsers verify that the resources they get have not been manipulated. This applies only single files but the Code Verify checks the resources of the whole webpage. This will enhance the trust in the process. Notably, Code Verify partners with Cloudflare that will act as the trusted third party.

How To Use WhatsApp Code Verify

To use WhatsApp Code Verify, you need to download the web extension on Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox from Meta Open Source. It assures that neither Meta nor WhatsApp can know if someone has downloaded the Code Verify extension. It cannot send texts or chats between two users to Cloudflare.

After installing the extension on the browser, it will start running automatically when you open WhatsApp Web. The toolbar of the browser will show users to see its findings. If WhatsApp Web Code is validated completely, then it indicates that you need to refresh your page or Code Verify has interfered with another browser extension. If you see a red icon, then there is a possibility of a security issue with the code that you are being served.

In the last case, you might see one of the three possible messages. These include Network lost, which indicates that the page cannot be verified if the network is lost. You will see a question mark within an orange circle on the extension. The other message could show that you might be at risk. It will appear if one or more of your extensions interfere with the page verification. You will see a question mark within the orange icon on the extension.

 

Finally, the verification could not be done error message will appear. The extension will find the code you are using to run WhatsApp Web that is different from what is used by other people. In this case, the icon will turn red and you will see an exclamatory mark.

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