THE Goal announced last Thursday (10) the launch of Code Verify, a new extension for web browsers to ensure more security for WhatsApp on its web version. According to the company, the purpose of the extension is to make it difficult for scammers to break into app accounts.
Code Verify has the function of automatically verifying the authenticity of a WhatsApp web code the moment it is linked to Web browser. According to the company, this is a further step in the security of the application, which is already quite secure in its downloadable version.
In a statement, the company said that when it comes to a downloaded and installed application, web applications are often tied directly to users. This process eliminates the need for a third party to review and audit code, reducing security.
“There are many factors that can weaken the security of a web browser that do not exist in the mobile app, such as browser extensions,” the company said. “We hope Code Verify will reassure at-risk users.”
The Code Verify function has the function of authenticating whether the version of WhatsApp Web that is being accessed is legitimate or not. Moreover, the extension verifies that there is not a fake page or a virus present on the computer that could steal the person’s WhatsApp data.
How the extension works
Code Verify compares a algorithm which maps code running in the browser to a hash maintained by a third-party company, Cloudflare. In reality, there is nothing new in the process, just the fact that a Code Verify performs it in an automated way.
If there is any inconsistency, the user will be notified via the extension, which has a color system to indicate if there is a problem. Green represents normal operation, orange that there may be a problem, and red that there really is a fault.
Code Verify is now available in the expansion stores of Chromium, Edge and Firefox and, according to WhatsApp, does not log data or share personal information with the platform. Also, the extension does not read or access messages sent or received by the user.
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