If you are one of many two billion(ish) individuals worldwide who depend on WhatsApp to keep up a correspondence with family and friends, you want to pay attention to a brand new “crash code” that’s circulating on-line. As the title suggests, this code causes your chat app to crash indefinitely – with the one answer to reinstating your beloved conversations and group chats showing to be deleting and reinstalling WhatsApp. Ouch!
The “crash code” was found by the intelligent people at @WABetaInfo, who normally spend their time trawling via the most recent beta code to discover clues for as-yet unannounced options coming to the world’s hottest messenger. It defined: “A contact might send a message that contains many weird characters. If you read them entirely, they have no sense, but WhatsApp might interpret the message in a wrong way.
“Sometimes WhatsApp is also unable to render the message totally, because its structure is so weird: the combination of these characters create a situation where WhatsApp isn’t able to process the message, determining an infinite crash. Infinite crash means that, when you open WhatsApp, it is frozen and it crashes. If you try to open the app again, it still crashes.”
With a number of reviews of the code already being shared broadly in Brazil, WhatsApp customers want to be looking out for messages with the app-dooming code.
The “crash code” is extremely comparable to one that impacted iMessage users earlier this year. Fortunately, in contrast to the code that prompted iMessage to kick the bucket, there’s a manner to shield your self in opposition to mates who suppose they’re “funny” by sending the code to your smartphone.
According to Ray Walsh, Digital Privacy Expert at ProfessionalPrivacy: “To help protect themselves all WhatsApp users should go into their settings to change ‘Who can add me to groups’ from ‘Everyone’ to ‘My Contacts’, as this will reduce the risk of being added to a group used to pass over the malevolent message.
“Anybody who finds that they have received a message containing a long string of random characters is advised to login to WhatsApp Web to block the sender, delete the message, and alter their group privacy settings to “My Contacts” or “My Contacts besides..” This should allow anybody suffering from a locked up mobile WhatsApp app to reinstall it and clear up the issue.”
Hopefully, your contacts are mature enough not to try to completely destroy your WhatsApp remotely by pinging you the code, which we post here – just in-case, but it’s good to know there’s something to do to shield yourself. We’d wager WhatsApp is working on a more permanent solution for the “crash code” too.
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