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WhatsApp Multi-Device Feature Rolls Out to Kenyan Users

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Luis Monzon
Luis Monzon
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WhatsApp has started to test support for multi-device connections that let users access the chatting app on more devices without the need to have an active connection on one device.

The new feature is currently rolling out to users in Kenya, according to TechWeez.

WhatsApp is now taking in testers in its public beta rollout of the feature, which allows users to access WhatsApp on their smartphones and four other non-phone devices. This means you can use WhatsApp for the web on your smartphone, your laptop, another smartphone and your tablet, for example.

Your primary account, your smartphone, will use the WhatsApp app. The rest of the devices will have to use the WhatsApp web/desktop client.

WhatsApp Multi-Device Support. Image sourced from TechWeez.

The company says that each device will connect to your WhatsApp independently while also maintaining the same level of privacy and security that users have become accustomed to with the chat service through its end-to-end encryption.

WhatsApp has developed new technologies to maintain its end-to-end encryption while still managing to sync user-specific data like contact names, chat archives, and more, across linked devices.

WhatsApp Very Popular for Phishing Scams

Kaspersky has used data voluntarily provided by Kaspersky Internet Security for Android users to show which messanger apps are the most popular among phishing scammers.

The biggest share of detected malicious links between December 2020 and May 2021 were overwhelmingly sent via WhatsApp (84.9%), followed by Telegram (5.7%).

Viber is in third place with a share of 4.9% and Hangouts has less than 1%. Countries experiencing the highest number of phishing attacks were Russia (46%), Brazil (15%) and India (7%).

“Statistics show that phishing in instant messenger apps is still one of the most popular tools among scammers. This is partly due to the wide popularity of these apps among the audience, as well as the ability to use the built-in functionality of applications to carry out attacks,” comments Tatyana Shcherbakova, Senior Web Content Analyst at Kaspersky.

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