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WhatsApp is one of the most popular and widely used messaging platforms. Undoubtedly, WhatsApp has over 1.5 billion monthly active users across the world. To enhance the experience for its wide user base, the platform has been coming up with timely updates bringing many new features. However, the instant messaging platform is also prone to some shortfalls such as the data collection issue. The other major concern for the users is caused by the fake versions of the app.
In an attempt to make use of the popularity of WhatsApp, some developers have come up with fake counterparts those are also available for download for the users. One such app is WhatsApp Pus, which is pretty popular among users for its moniker. A lot of users mistake it for the original version as it is quite similar to it.
Lately, we have been coming across several reports that the WhatsApp Plus is being used by many users and that they must delete the app immediately. These reports point out that the app is sharing the user data and replacing the same with malware. If you are not convinced by these reports, we have come up with a few reasons suggesting why you should not use such fake apps and the risks associated with the same.
What is WhatsApp Plus?
WhatsApp Plus is an unofficial modified APK, which is available on the web and not on the Google Play Store. If you install these APKs on your device, then the same will not be overwritten on the original version of the app. Basically, the APKs work as a standalone app so that you get to use two WhatsApp accounts in the same device. This functionality is available in the many smartphones these days with the official apps itself, so why should you install unofficial APKs for the purpose.
What's the risk?
If you are wondering what risk these modified APKs or fake apps might bring in, then you should check out the points given below.
Your data isn't secure
The WhatsApp Mods will be used to send and receive messages and there is no assurance that your messages are not passing through third-party servers. In the worst case, your data can be exploited by these apps or servers.
While the official apps receive updates via the Google Play Store, the WhatsApp Plus and other modified APKs do not receive updates from the Play Store. To update these mods, you need to visit third-party sites and install the same manually. This process might involve harmful ads and malware.
Getting banned by WhatsApp
Back in 2015, when the WhatsApp Plus was in use by many, WhatsApp banned the users of the app on the grounds of 'terms of service' violation. This was a temporary ban for 24 hours. The users were asked to uninstall the third-party app and replace it with the official app from Google Play Store to resume the services.
Too many ads
WhatsApp owned by Facebook is free and will not have any ads. On the contrary, the WhatsApp Plus modified APK from unauthorized developers will be feature a lot of ads in order to generate revenue.