Security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia took to Twitter the other day to warn of a new scam making the rounds – the goofily called “WhatsApp Pink.” This Android app promises to be a fun new variant of the popular chat app that comes with an all-pink UI. And while the “pink app” part may be true, the app isn’t really an official version of WhatsApp, or even a clone. It’s a misdemeanor.
This scam is not entirely subtle, but it has been proven effective enough to make a significant number of people believe that an alternate colored WhatsApp app is going around. And the .APK download link moves the rounds through group chats, of all places, which makes it seem a little more reliable. Your friends and / or colleagues wouldn’t lead you astray with malice, would they?
As always, some common sense prevails in these situations. It’s always good practice to download and install .APK someone sends you unless you do absolutely sure you know what it is. You can always pull up your favorite search engine and find the file or app yourself, rather than using a provided link, which will probably tell you very quickly whether it’s r the app or .APK itself is legal; at the very least, you’ll be able to make sure you grab the ok app or .APK from an official website or repository.
It doesn’t matter if your parents, spouse, or dog sends you an app (or link to an app) – don’t download it. You might trust them, but you can’t be sure they did their due diligence to determine what they actually send you. Not all the steps you take to ensure your personal safety will matter if you trust someone who is not so thorough.
Sometimes, just a moment’s pause for critical thinking can save you. In this case, would WhatsApp and to tell the truth released a separate app that is a color clone from their original app? Wouldn’t they add that functionality in the app directly? Consider whether the app’s simple default seems questionable before you even consider tapping on a download link.
However, if you already installed this one, there are a few steps you can take to mitigate the potential damage:
One last tip, which should probably go without saying: Look at that spelling mistake—Watsapp? You never want to download an app if the reputed company offering it can’t even spell its name correctly. Sometimes an app screams “malware,” and you should listen.