WhatsApp to make major change, allow users to connect to app without internet

Technology Friday 06/January/2023 12:19 PM
By: Times News Service
WhatsApp to make major change, allow users to connect to app without internet
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Muscat: WhatsApp will allow users to connect to the messaging app via proxy servers for the first time to allow users to stay online without the internet, said the Daily Record (UK).

The Daily Record(UK) reported that the messaging service, which is owned by Meta, will allow people to use the app even when an internet shutdown or block is in place.

According to the company, which also owns Facebook and Instagram, the decision was in response to internet shutdowns seen in countries such as Iran in recent months, which the company said “deny people’s human rights and cut people off from receiving urgent help”.

A new feature within WhatsApp’s settings will allow users to enter the name of a proxy server and use it to connect to the internet, It was reported by the British Daily Mail>

It will still allow messages to be protected by using the same end-to-end encryption - which means only people who can read a given email or file are the sender and the intended recipient

Proxy servers work as alternative gateways between a user and the internet when traditional connection methods and servers have been shut down or cut off – providing the necessary connection between a user and the website or service they wish to access.

WhatsApp noted that many have been set up by volunteers and organisations around the world to help people “communicate freely”, and the company will also offer guidance to people on how to set up a proxy in order to help others.

“Your personal messages will still be protected by end-to-end encryption — ensuring they stay between you and the person you’re communicating with and are not visible to anyone in between, not the proxy servers, WhatsApp, or Meta.

“Our wish for 2023 is that these internet shutdowns never occur.