1. Annie_8plus's Avatar
    I just got invited by my cousin, who is currently traveling in Europe to join Whatsapp. I am leery because of the recent security breach. Is anyone here using it? I'd love to know your thoughts if so.
    06-17-2019 12:19 PM
  2. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    It's a facebook product. I don't use that crap.
    06-17-2019 12:45 PM
  3. kazp3r17's Avatar
    Never knew what it was.
    06-17-2019 01:26 PM
  4. Annie_8plus's Avatar
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WhatsApp
    Never knew what it was.
    The definition of WhatsApp on "Wikipedia" reads: "WhatsApp Messenger is a freeware, cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service owned by Facebook. It allows sending of text messages and voice messages, making voice and video calls as well as sharing images, documents, user location and other media".

    It's great for people traveling, or for people who have family and friends scattered around the world. My concern is that Whatsapp had a large security breach just last month.
    06-17-2019 01:35 PM
  5. kazp3r17's Avatar
    Ohh I see, yea I refrain from using most things that are created by Facebook. I would just be cautious using it, if that's something you and your family usually on a daily basis.
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    06-17-2019 02:01 PM
  6. ivanwi11iams's Avatar
    I deleted WhatsApp about a year ago, and asked them to delete my number, too.

    Plus, it’s related to FaceBook. I REFUSE to use FaceBook.

    So, there’s that
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    06-17-2019 04:49 PM
  7. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I just got invited by my cousin, who is currently traveling in Europe to join Whatsapp. I am leery because of the recent security breach. Is anyone here using it? I'd love to know your thoughts if so.
    I've never used the WhatsApp service or the app, and other than the security breaches, the people I knew who used it didn't say anything bad about it. From a personal standpoint, if I can use the built-in Messages app to send and received text messages to recipients then there is no need for me to use anything else.
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    06-17-2019 04:59 PM
  8. Wotchered's Avatar
    Some of my family use it, I don’t, being more than slightly sceptical of Facebook and all it’s works, I wouldn’t say it’s the work of the Devil, but who is that funny little man who wants to rule the universe ?
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    06-17-2019 06:32 PM
  9. SprSynJn's Avatar
    Is that app relevant outside Europe? No one here in Japan uses it, so I’ve never actually seen it pop up on the App Store top apps.
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    06-18-2019 06:50 AM
  10. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I've never used WhatsApp. Never downloaded it. Don't have any need for it. The iPhone Messages app and Facebook Messenger suits all my needs for Family, friends, and business.
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    06-18-2019 07:14 AM
  11. Tartarus's Avatar
    I’ve used WhatsApp since the day it came out.
    Here in Europe it was very expensive to send text messages, unlike nowadays.

    WhatsApp was revolutionary and made texting cheaper and easier.
    Even now I use it quite often, especially because I don’t have to think about who has iMessage (enabled) or an Android device. It just works.
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    06-18-2019 07:19 AM
  12. dmoskaluk's Avatar
    I just got invited by my cousin, who is currently traveling in Europe to join Whatsapp. I am leery because of the recent security breach. Is anyone here using it? I'd love to know your thoughts if so.
    For many places it's essentially the backbone of voice and text communication as long as Internet is available. Let's face it, many of the world's countries do not have a robust telephone networks,and development in the last decade has been more dedicated to cell towers & cell data. Thus an Internet based network is easier and less expensive to expand and maintain than copper or fibre service with modem generated wifi. House to house within country and long distance overseas calling is so much less expensive using the likes of WhatsApp that it's worth the risks for most people. Where local Governments impose exorbitant taxes & penalties on long distance telephony, people have to do what's most efficient, and for most 'non-techhy' types, this is simply the way most have chosen to go. For example, It's the backbone of my family communication linking Barbados, NA, Guyana South America (my wife's family) with generally decent voice calling, and where bandwidth permits, acceptable video calling as well. WhatsApp, with the financial backing & support of Facebook, even with a lot of its baggage, simply does what it does very well when in comparison to many available alternatives.
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    06-18-2019 07:57 AM
  13. Annie_8plus's Avatar
    Thank you all for your very thoughtful replies. I do know that it's been beneficial to students here at the University who are from India... they use it to connect easily with family and friends and it works for them. I also know that family members traveling in Europe use it to connect with their families at home because data is impossibly expensive and WhatsApp has been a good solution. I used it years ago but deleted it. And then there was the security breach last month and I was just leery about downloading it. As it turned out, my cousin sent me photos via iMessage once he had access to WiFi so it all worked out.
    06-18-2019 08:08 AM
  14. Quis89's Avatar
    WhatsApp is secure. It offers end to end encryption just like iMessage. This means even WhatsApp can't see your messages. I use it personally and have for years and see no reasons to discontinue it's use.
    06-18-2019 02:09 PM
  15. tr1ad's Avatar
    It's what we mostly use in the Caribbean ... Even iPhone owners over here. Guess it was those that migrated over from BBM days.
    iMessage still isn't that popular as WhatsApp
    06-18-2019 08:14 PM
  16. dmoskaluk's Avatar
    I'd think that here in the Caribbean, WhatsApp predominance is simply that while far from a rarity, iPhones are probably not the phone of the majority, simply because they are too expensive for limited budgets. Samsung & BLU Android products across the price spectrum from essentially basic to high end hold most of the market thus iMessage really does have limitations. And yes, I transitioned from BBM 'way back when'...
    Last edited by dmoskaluk; 06-19-2019 at 06:52 AM.
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    06-19-2019 05:37 AM
  17. wilber1's Avatar
    Nay! Facebook or related- Nay! Nay!
    06-19-2019 06:16 AM
  18. ksassy's Avatar
    I've used WhatsApp in the past with friends who live abroad but haven't used it in awhile. I keep it downloaded just in case a need arises again.
    06-19-2019 06:22 AM
  19. JonathonH's Avatar
    I'm using Whatsapp and it's ok.
    06-19-2019 06:24 AM

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