WhatsApp Tests “Suspicious Link Detection” to Control Fake News

When a link is sent through WhatsApp, chances are that it was sent by an automatic app or by an unknown contact. And it may be a suspicious link which increases the chances of being spam or malicious content. For this reason, the messaging app Whatsapp is testing a function that will notify suspicious links.

The new tool will notify users when they receive a link that the application considers as spam.

Suspicious Link

The function, which has the name of “Suspicious Link Detection” will notify users when they receive a link. That redirects to pages that appear in a list as suspicious sites of being spam.

The new tool, when detecting a suspicious link to host spam, warns by marking the message with a red signal. If it still decides to open it, a notification is displayed and the user is asked to confirm to open the link. Therefore, it increases the protection against unwanted links not only by notifying but also by preventing them from opening by mistake.

# Suspicious Link Detection:

Suspicious Link Detection or detection of suspicious links, this is how WhatsApp has called the new functionality. That seems to be coming on the way to the official application. And that is currently only tested in the Beta and it is in a preliminary phase.

The link detector will analyze each link that we send from WhatsApp and also every link that we receive and will tag it in case it is suspicious.

Suspicious Link

Apparently, WhatsApp does not intend to block the sending of such messages or convert the link into plain text so that we cannot open it. Simply mark it with a red tag that will say “Suspicious Link” and leave the next action in our hands.

However, WhatsApp will issue a second warning message in case we have ignored the first, or if we have not noticed. A new floating window will appear to indicate that the link we are trying to access contains unusual characters. And tries to pass through a different website, something classic in many types of malware and, above all, in phishing. Then we can decide again if to continue or if to return to the app, without opening the suspicious link.

WhatsApp will analyze each message locally on our phone. And will not send data about it to an external server, not even those of the company itself.

# WhatsApp will Detect Not Only Malware but Also Phishing:

The detection of malware has become a priority for many developers and WhatsApp could not remain unaware of this movement. The largest mobile messaging app on the planet already works on a malware and phishing detector. They are working on a system that will prevent the sending and receiving of this type of messages. And the first updates come from the last Beta.

“Suspicious Link Detection” works with the received and sent links. It is performing an analysis locally (that is, on the phone itself) to determine if the link is false or not.

At the moment, the tool is under testing in beta version 2.18.204. But it is expected that it will reach the official version, mainly because it is a function-oriented to the security of the users.

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