By: Nirupam Manik, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Monday, November 21, 2016 - 12:39
These messages generally look authentic but come with a serious risk of malware activities which can further put your data.
Just last week, WhatsApp introduced its much awaited video-calling feature for everyone after it first introduced it in the beta version. Rather than following the invite system, WhatsApp has gone for a simple app update to add the feature.
However, several spam messages have been rolling across the user-base which invites one for the video calling feature or even group video calling section. These messages generally look authentic but come with a serious risk of malware activities which can further put your data, both on the app as well as on your device, at risk.
Further, these spam messages take you to a website which resembles a lot with the official website. The color theme and design look authentic and add a bunch of screenshots of the said features, anyone can be deluded and trapped into such links.
To be precise, one of the messages read - "You're invited to try WhatsApp Video Calling feature. Only people with the invitation can enable this feature." Some links also invite users for group video-calling feature which WhatsApp didn't even added in the official release.
Earlier, something called 'WhatsApp Gold' was being spread across the messages with malicious links. We assure you that there is nothing called 'WhatsApp Gold' and Group-Video calling in any of the latest updates. Further, we warn you not to click on any of the links deemed to include special add-ons for the famous chat messenger.
Keeping all that aside, in order to use the new video calling feature, one has to simply tap on the 'Phone' icon from a contact's profile window. Tapping on the phone button will reveal a pop-up window asking for you to make either a Voice call or Video call. Note, if you don't see any such option we would recommend you to update the app or wait till the update is available in your area. With this update, WhatsApp is now competing directly with Google's Duo, Skype or even Apple's FaceTime. We recently compared the video calling feature on WhatsApp with that on Hike, Check it out here.
Last week, WhatsApp introduced two-step verification for enhanced security which requires one to enter a 6 digit unique code every 24 hours and every time he/she registers her number with WhatsApp on a new smartphone.
Further, WhatsApp is reportedly testing a new status feature as well which is a lot like 'Snapchat'. This move clearly indicates Facebook's yet another attempt to conquer Snapchat after it introduced 'Stories' on Instagram.