Popular cross-platform messaging app, WhatsApp, is planning to roll out a new in-app web browser for the platform. This browser according to the company will come equipped with cutting edge security systems.
According to analysis revealed about the latest version of the beta software, users of the app will soon be able to browse the internet right from inside of the WhatsApp app. Users wouldn’t have to move to a different app or browser to surf the net.
Safe Browsing for secure browsing
Knowing potential criticisms may flood in, this time, WhatsApp has already taken steps to address some of the ways cybercriminals could exploit the new in-app browsing feature.
The new in-app web browser from WhatsApp will use “Safe Browsing” tech. According to WABetaInfo, this technique will help make sure that people won’t fall victim to cybercriminals.
One of the main methods cyber attackers use, which the “Safe Browsing” tech is going to combat, is really a simple one. Technically, it is called phishing. That is where fake links are designed to look like original ones, and people are fooled into clicking them.
Thus, the Safe Browsing technology will combat this by highlighting these web links. The in-app browser won’t allow users to visit such links without letting them read a warning, which they may actively choose to click through.
Other security measures of the browser
The in-app browser will also not allow the taking of screenshots. Video recording won’t also be allowed. As well, the browser will operate in a way that neither WhatsApp nor its mother company, Facebook, will see what users are using it for on the web.
This appears to be in line with the CEO, Mark Zuckerberg’s “privacy-focused vision” for the future of the mother company, Facebook.
Additionally, Safe Browsing will use WebView v66 software, a feature which Google added to Android 8.1 last year. Thus, it’s currently not clear when the in-app browser will be available to iOS.