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  1. WhatsApp details what will happen to users who don’t agree to privacy changes Image Credits: SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP / Getty Images WhatsApp said earlier this week that it will allow users to review its planned privacy update at “their own pace” and will display a banner to better explain the changes in its terms. But what happens to its users who do not accept the terms by the May 15 deadline? In an email to one of its merchant partners, reviewed by TechCrunch, Facebook-owned WhatsApp said it will “slowly ask” such users to comply with t
  2. WhatsApp Testing Feature to Mute Videos Before Sharing: Report WhatsApp beta users should reportedly start receiving the feature today. WhatsApp beta users will need to be on version 2.21.3.13 WhatsApp is reportedly testing a feature that will allow users to mute a video before sending it to a contact. Simply dubbed as Mute videos, this feature is being rolled out to WhatsApp beta users who will likely need to be on the latest version of the beta – 2.21.3.13. Releasing a feature to the beta version of the app means the company is testing it out and gathering
  3. A Spyware Vendor Seemingly Made a Fake WhatsApp to Hack Targets Technical analyses by Citizen Lab and Motherboard found links between a fake version of WhatsApp and Cy4Gate, an Italian surveillance firm that works with cops and intelligence agencies. IMAGE: JAKUB PORZYCKI/NURPHOTO VIA GETTY IMAGES Hackers tried to trick iPhone users into installing a fake version of WhatsApp in a potential attempt to gather information about them. Technical analyses by both researchers from digital rights watchdog Citizen Lab and Motherboard suggest that this fake version
  4. WhatsApp adds biometric authentication for logging in on desktop A more secure way to link your WhatsApp account Linking your WhatsApp account to your computer’s web browser or desktop app is getting a little more secure. Soon, if you’ve got biometric authentication enabled on your phone, you’ll have to unlock the app before you can link your account. The company says the new system is intended to ensure that should someone else gain access to your phone, they won’t be able to link your account to their web browser (which, in turn, would allow them to
  5. Fleeing WhatsApp for Better Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram Because the chat app doesn't encrypt conversations by default—or at all for group chats—security professionals often warn against it. Just use Signal instead.Photograph: Yulia Reznikov/Getty Images Last weekend, Raphael Mimoun hosted a digital security training workshop via videoconference with a dozen activists. They belonged to one Southeast Asian country's pro-democracy coalition, a group at direc
  6. WhatsApp to delay new privacy policy amid mass confusion about Facebook data sharing The new update will now go out on May 15th Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge WhatsApp on Friday announced a three-month delay of a new privacy policy originally slated to go into effect on February 8th following widespread confusion over whether the new policy would mandate data sharing with Facebook. The update does not in fact affect data sharing with Facebook with regard
  7. Turkey starts antitrust investigation into WhatsApp, Facebook Turkey’s antitrust board launched an investigation into Facebook Inc and its messaging service WhatsApp Inc over new usage terms that have sparked privacy concerns. Turkey has a history of acting against social-media platforms in ways that activists say is meant to stifle dissent(image source: Bloomberg) Turkey’s antitrust board launched an investigation into Facebook Inc and its messaging service WhatsApp Inc over new usage terms that have sparked privacy concerns. Changes to WhatsApp’
  8. WhatsApp Has Shared Your Data With Facebook for Years, Actually A pop-up notification has alerted the messaging app's users to a practice that's been in place since 2016. Your encrypted messages are still safe, but it's a rude awakening for many WhatsApp users.Photograph: Noam Galai/Getty Images Since Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014, users have wondered and worried about how much data would flow between the two platforms. Many of them expe
  9. WhatsApp gives users an ultimatum: Share data with Facebook or stop using the app The Facebook-owned messenger with 2 billion users revamps its privacy policy. Enlarge Getty Images 33 with 32 posters participating WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messenger that claims to have privacy coded into its DNA, is giving its 2 billion plus users an ultimatum: agree to share their personal data with the social network or delete their accounts. The requirement is being delivered through an in-app alert
  10. WhatsApp Web and Desktop get support for voice and video calling WhatsApp’s web and desktop clients are not as feature-rich as the mobile app, but the Facebook-owned company is trying hard to close this gap by adding more features to its web and desktop clients. The latest features that the company added to the WhatsApp web and desktop clients are voice and video calling, something that WhatsApp has offered on its mobile apps for quite a while now. As you can see in the below image gallery, the calls button appears in the chat header on WhatsApp desktop/web. If you
  11. WhatsApp adds option to set custom wallpapers for individual chats and themes The most recent update of the messaging application WhatsApp introduces a new feature to all WhatsApp users to set custom wallpapers for individual chats and themes in the client. Previous versions of WhatsApp limited the wallpaper to a single one for all chats in the messaging client. The new update gives users full control over chat wallpapers. WhatsApp users need to make sure that the most recent version of WhatsApp is installed on the device. The new version is
  12. State and federal officials are reportedly preparing to bring antitrust charges against the social network. A group of state attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, is on track to file antitrust charges against Facebook in early December, according to a report Thursday from the Washington Post. The move comes as the US Federal Trade Commission is also reportedly finalizing its antitrust probe into the social media giant. State and federal investigators plan to bring antitrust charges against Facebook over its acquisitions o
  13. WhatsApp is introducing a new Read Later function – here's how it'll work Chat archiving is getting a serious upgrade (Image credit: Shutterstock / Alex Ruhl) There have been some pretty major changes and additions to WhatsApp in recent weeks and months, and the latest development sees the arrival of a replacement for the current Archived Chats feature. The new version of Archived Chats is called Read Later, and it brings important changes to the way messages can be archived and muted. The new Read Later option works in
  14. WhatsApp for Android may finally get support for Face Unlock Back in 2019, Facebook released an update for WhatsApp on iOS that added support for Face ID and Touch ID, allowing users to unlock the app by utilizing these technologies. Unfortunately, after more than a year, Android users still don't have the option to use Face Unlock on WhatsApp. However, that might change soon as the folks over at WABetaInfo have spotted a couple of additions to the latest version of WhatsApp Beta. The version 2.20.203.3 update of WhatsApp Beta contains a redesigne
  15. WhatsApp is bringing major wallpaper changes to Android Android users start to catch up with iOS (Image credit: Shutterstock / Ink Drop) WhatsApp is on the verge of bringing a range of new wallpaper option to users of its Android app. The upcoming changes will bring the Android app more in line with the iOS app. Recognising the fact that people love the ability to customize the app in general and chats more specifically, WhatsApp is introducing various wallpaper-related personalization options that will given users the a
  16. WhatsApp Using Up Your Phone Storage? Here’s How to Fix It It's time to do something about those photos and videos automatically saving to your camera roll. Photograph: ED JONES/Getty Images WhatsApp is the most popular end-to-end encrypted messaging app in the world. But while other people can’t snoop on what you’re saying, that doesn’t mean other WhatsApp data isn’t being processed. By far the bigg
  17. WhatsApp makes it easier to free up space with new storage management tool Helping you quickly identify and bulk delete files The new storage management tool on WhatsApp. Image: WhatsApp WhatsApp has redesigned its storage management tool, making it easier for users to find and delete files that are taking up too much space on their phone. The new tool will be “rolling out to users worldwide this week,” says the Facebook-owned company, and will be available in the app by heading to Settings > Storage and data > Ma
  18. WhatsApp has explained how Disappearing Messages will work on the platform. It looks like the implementation isn’t quite as customizable or as secure as rival apps. WhatsApp has been working on expiring messages (dubbed Disappearing Messages) for several months now, following in the footsteps of rival messaging apps. It looks like the company is close to implementing the feature, as it’s just updated its FAQ page. The updated page, spotted by WABetaInfo, reveals everything we need to know about Disappearing Messages in Wh
  19. For the millions of WhatsApp users about to upgrade to the brilliant new iPhone 12, you’re about to see Apple’s iMessage show WhatsApp how to get up and running on a new device without compromising security. This is a serious problem—a gaping vulnerability in the way WhatsApp works—and one that needs fixing. Both WhatsApp and iMessage are end-to-end encrypted. Messages can only be read by senders and recipients—which should be your go-to standard for messaging. If you upgrade to a new iPhone 12, you’ll transfer your message accounts and histories to your new pho
  20. While on the surface WhatsApp remains king of the messaging hill, beneath the surface there are some worrying signs for Facebook’s flagship platform. With its 2 billion users, WhatsApp can seem unstoppable, but it has some weaknesses in its functionality—in the way it works. And, above all, it has one dealbreaker for many—its Facebook ownership. So, what are those functionality weaknesses? Well, there’s the continued lack of genuine support for multiple devices—the option to link apps on your phone, tablet and PC to a single account. Then there’s the serious fla
  21. Given you’re reading this story, the chances are that you’re somewhat cyber aware. If I was to send you a file attachment in a text message—let’s say a Word or PDF document, you’re hopefully programmed to ask a whole set of questions before opening or saving that attachment to your phone. Do I know the sender? Was I expecting the file? But what if it was just a photo—something amusing or attention-grabbing to keep or share? You can view the image within the messaging app, you can see what you’re getting, surely there’s no harm in saving it to your photo album? If only
  22. WhatsApp will soon allow users to link multiple devices to a single account WhatsApp has been working on multi-device support for a while now and it looks like the feature may finally roll out to WhatsApp users worldwide, according to WABetaInfo (via: Android Authority). WABetaInfo discovered references to a new feature called 'linked devices' that will allow users to send and receive messages from multiple devices including WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp app and even Facebook Portal. This would allow users to chat from a laptop or a se
  23. WhatsApp users need to watch out for dangerous 'crash code' messages Fixing the problem could wipe out your chat history (Image credit: Shutterstock / Ink Drop) A new series if text bombs or 'crash codes' have been discovered that cause WhatsApp to continually crash on both iPhone and Android handsets. Specially coded messages containing a seemingly random string of strange characters cause rendering problems for WhatsApp, resulting in a loop of crashes. As well as undecipherable messages delivery crash codes, vCards (vi
  24. How to Boost WhatsApp’s Privacy and Better Protect Your Data The Facebook-owned company has end-to-end encryption by default—but that doesn't mean the service’s settings are as private as they could be. Illustration: Sam Whitney; Getty Images In the summer of 2016, WhatsApp made an unprecedented change. The Facebook-owned company turned on end-to-end encryption by default for all of the billion-plus people using it—becoming, in the process, t
  25. WhatsApp could soon be challenged by two popular rivals Statista claimed as of October last year WhatsApp had 1.5billion active users (Image: Getty • WhatsApp) WHATSAPP could soon face radical competition from two other popular applications that are used for conversing with others, it has emerged. WhatsApp is the most popular chat client in the world, surpassing the likes of Facebook Messenger, WeChat and Skype in terms of active monthly users. In fact, Statista claimed as of October last year the app had 1.5billion
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