- 1 Things to know if you are using a WhatsApp business account
- 1.1 1. WhatsApp has access to your customer information
- 1.2 2. WhatsApp payments data seems to be secure
- 1.3 3. WhatsApp is offering secure hosting from Facebook!
- 1.5 IDEA: You CAN switch back to WhatsApp personal accounts
- 1.6 Alternatives to WhatsApp Business:
- 1.7 Telegram
Things to know if you are using a WhatsApp business account
1. WhatsApp has access to your customer information
When you use a WhatsApp business account, you allow the app access to your
- Interactions with customers
- Transactional messages
- Receipts, booking dates, payments info etc.
WhatsApp claims it will share this information with Facebook and other Facebook-owned companies for a better business experience. WhatsApp also shares this information with several third-party apps that it works with to help bring their services to you.
“As part of the Facebook Companies, WhatsApp receives information from and shares information (see here) with the other Facebook Companies. We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings, including the Facebook Company Products.” – WhatsApp said in an statement.
2. WhatsApp payments data seems to be secure
Whatsapp issued a statement saying that Facebook will not have any access to a user’s digital transaction information made via WhatsApp Pay. This is because its India payments policy will overrule any privacy changes on the app.
If you are still apprehensive about using WhatsApp Pay, you can simply share our payment links on WhatsApp with your customers using your individual WhatsApp number.
3. WhatsApp is offering secure hosting from Facebook!
The messenger platform also added that this move is to help businesses focus better and bring a sense of “interoperability” among Facebook, WhatsApp, and other Facebook-owned businesses.
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
IDEA: You CAN switch back to WhatsApp personal accounts
For personal or individual accounts, messages are encrypted and they are also rolling out some new features that can allow you to continue using the messenger app.
Alternatives to WhatsApp Business:
You can switch to Signal, Telegram, or other apps to streamline communication with your customers. Startups are already gearing up to find alternatives to messaging apps for businesses to keep their data private.
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) January 11, 2021
Signal is a cross-platform messaging app similar to WhatsApp, but more secure – for now. Their Twitter bio sneakily states that ” Privacy isn’t an optional mode – it’s just the way that Signal works. Every message, every call, every time.”
Infact, privacy seems to be Signal’s USP. The app encrypts all messages, including the latest launched group calls. Elon Musk endorsed the app recently, leading to a global surge in downloads.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
We continue to shatter traffic records and add capacity as more and more people come to terms with how much they dislike Facebook’s new terms. If you weren’t able to create a new group recently, please try again. New servers are ready to serve you.
— Signal (@signalapp) January 10, 2021
Telegram is one of the top 10 most-used apps in the world with over 500 million active users. Besides, it is great for your ever-expanding business! Why? Telegram has no limit on group size so you can add members without worrying about reaching the maximum number allowed.
According to this Entrepreneur article, Telegram has a view rate of 20%, Instagram has 3% and Facebook has 4%.
In fact, we recently launched our very own Telegram community for Indian Online Businesses and have been seeing great conversations from Indian MSMEs. If you’d like to stay updated on what’s happening in the Indian business circle, feel free to join our Telegram channel.
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