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Fake WhatsApp have been downloaded up to 1 million times, How to know

WhatsApp have been the most popular instant messenger which every users love to use, in fact most of the latest Android come with WhatsApp.

Recently , it was discovered that some culprit have capitalized on the fact that WhatsApp is having huge traffic with maximum download and went ahead with fake copy but most user could not differentiate. These fake copy is available on Google play having the same name with original WhatsApp, anytime you want to update your WhatsApp then you should be careful because most of these fake app are virus which can affect your phone.

Currently over a million Andriod users may have been duped into downloading a fake WhatsApp product on Google play, pretended to be the actual WhatsApp service with an app called Update WhatsApp Messenger.

How to know fake WhatsApp
It is very narrow to know because it has the same name with actual WhatsApp with just little slight difference but the clear difference was the app maker added a Unicode character space after the WhatsApp Inc. name. In a computer code the difference is more obvious—it reads WhatsApp+Inc%C2%A0. But to average Android users browsing Google Play, that character space would be easy to miss.

Meanwhile the dummy app was not a chat app , it just serve users with ads to download other apps. When these was detecting to be fake they still went ahead to change the name to "Dual Whatsweb Update," and removed the "WhatsApp Inc." developer title

Fake Android apps are nothing new, and they're often used to spread malware on mobile phones. But the WhatsApp dummy product incident is worrisome because it doesn't appear that Google noticed the problem. Google Play rules don't allow apps to impersonate another brand title or logo. In addition, the company has been using new security measures to prevent malware from entering the platform.

Hackers have used similar tricks, like using Cyrillic alphabet letters in the place of English letters, to create legitimate-looking domain names.

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