In WhatsApp they assure that, after having included the multi-device mode in the application, more people use the messaging service through the browser on WhatsApp Web. and although conversations via the web version is just as secure than the mobile app, having to use said platform to access the service means that there are other factors which may pose certain risks.
For this reason, Meta has announced the launch of a new extension for Chromium-based browsers what verify that the WhatsApp Web session being used is secure.
Code Verify is the name of the extension launched by Meta. Has been developed in collaboration with Cloudflarethe company specialized in security and web infrastructures.
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Once installed in the browser, the extension check the source code of the WhatsApp Web page. With this, you can know if the code was manipulated with the aim of intercepting messages or carrying out any other type of attack.
“WhatsApp security protections, the Code Verify extension, and Cloudflare work together to provide real-time code verification. Every time the WhatsApp Web code is updated, the source-of-truth cryptographic hash and the extension will also be updated automatically.
In case no alterations in the code are detected, the extension displays a notice in the upper right cornerwhich allows the user to know that your chats are safe.
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The extension code is free and can be found on GitHub. And although for now it is available in Chrome and Edge, a version compatible with Mozilla Firefox will be released shortly.