On Tue, May 19, 2020 at 04:12:37PM +0930, Tim via users wrote:
On Mon, 2020-05-18 at 17:58 +0100, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> How is this better than using web.whatsapp.com?
That's about the same as asking: How is using Evolution better than
logging into a webmail page?
Using a large, and always very buggy, web browser to do chat is
unwieldy. But, using a small, separate, chat program is easy to do at
the same time. You don't have to flip out of the page you're reading
Plus, WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, who isn't exactly known for
digital privacy. Unless you're running WhatsApp in a completely
contained web browser that shares no user metadata with the rest of
your browsing session, there's the risk that Facebook will be
monetizing your chat interface by selling your browsing data to ad
networks. On top of that, cross-site attacks are pretty common for
those kinds of chat services.
Running it in a separate app means that the only thing they can sell
is your chat history and not the other web sites you browse.
Jonathan Billings <billings(a)negate.org>