We have a firm belief that if any message we delete from Whatsapp will erase permanently. We are also feeling secure after Whatsapp started encrypting our conversations.
Security Researcher Jonathan Zdziarski found a shocking truth about Whatsapp. He experimented with the latest version of Whatsapp for iOS and found that all the deleted conversations still there in the Whatsapp database.
Whatever the action you select, still the data will be there. You may delete, clear messages, delete chat or archive but your data is still there to recover. Law enforcement authorities can benefit with this information while investigating critical cases.
How does it happen?
Once the message got deleted, the corresponding entry in the Whatsapp database must permanently be removed. But it doesn’t occur in SQLite databases which Whatsapp uses to store data.
If we delete any chat conversation, the chat record will be added to the free list. The data remains there in the record. There has a little chance of rewriting of the deleted records with new entries.
SQLite databases on iOS have a tendency to fill the “free records” only when there is a problem with the size of the database. If the database comes across any size issues, then only the free records start to fill up.
You no need to worry about the issue. But having knowledge on the issue is a must for every Whatsapp user. Because in recent times, people are feeling that we can exchange anything through Whatsapp and started behaving recklessly.