Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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5 minute read
15 Jan 2021
5:30 am

No! Deleting Whatsapp won’t make you safer online. Here’s what will

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Deleting WhatsApp is of little value, when you are sharing the same information with Google, Facebook and other online services, but there are some steps you can take to stay secure online.

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You needn’t rush to delete WhatsApp in order to be cyber safe, experts have implored, as South Africans have joined the global band-wagon migrating to alternative messaging apps in their thousands, following Facebook Inc’s update to its terms of service. The service updates contained an announcement to WhatsApp users earlier this month that Facebook would have access to their private information, including location and contacts. While digital law and cyber security experts took to social media to suggest that the changes were not much more invasive and concerning than what users were already exposed to, the global reaction had already...