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No, sarahahexposed.com won’t reveal anonymous Sarahah senders’ identity

Beware of such third-party apps or services that claim to reveal usernames of anonymous Sarahah senders. I tried out one such service so that you don’t have to. And here’s what I found out.

tech Updated: Aug 16, 2017 12:47 IST
Kul Bhushan
Kul Bhushan
Kul Bhushan
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Sarahah is the new sensation in the world of technology. According to developers of the app, Sarahah is meant to help you “self-develop by receiving constructive anonymous feedback.” Based on what I see on my Facebook timeline, people are really having fun with the app.

One of the most common things I have noticed is that people are scrambling to guess the name of the person who sent that anonymous message. While Sarahah doesn’t let you do so, several third party apps are trying to exploit this opportunity by offering services that supposedly reveal the identity of the anonymous senders.

But, be warned signing up on such websites could be very, very risky.

I tried out one such website that claims to ‘expose’ the usernames of Sarahah message senders. Sarahahexposed.com asks you to enter your username and click on a ‘click now’ button to decrypt the messages. It also allows users to send Sarahah users anonymous messages.

I did give it a shot only to receive a pop-up alert that said, “We are getting many comments, please wait!” Despite multiple attempts, the message was never sent.

Sarahahexposed.com doesn’t really work.

Coming back to the exposing usernames bit, once you’ve entered your username and clicked the ‘click now’ button, the service asks you to “download two free mobile apps or complete one short survey” in order to “pay for the server costs.”

While it already seemed fishy by now, I proceeded anyway. The next page gives you the option to choose an offer to complete the hack. The options are Multi Games, Cut The Rope, Great icons for WhatsApp!, Android Protection Pro Anti Virus, and PlayBox Games.

Clicking on the Cut The Rope doesn’t take you to Google Play Store listing of the app.

Even though it became very clear by now that the website is fake, I still took the risk of clicking on one of the options. Since I am familiar with Cut The Rope mobile game, I clicked on it. But guess what, the website redirects to something called Appmantra and asks you to enter your operator name and download “the newest Whatsapp wallpapers for all phones.” “Subscription RS35/week. After clicking continue, you will confirm your Subscription,” the website read.

Don’t download such shady apps.

Clearly, sarahahexposed.com is nothing but a spam spewing website that attempts to sneak in a malware or adware. I decided not to proceed further. That being said, by providing your username or others’ username, you could put your and others’ data at risk. I strongly recommend you to have a strong password and not to use the one that you already have for other services. And, do not provide your credentials to such shady apps or services.

Sarahah, in the meantime, has also warned that “all messages about revealing the sender’s identity are fake.”

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 12:25 IST