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  1. TextNow Dedicated Virtual Mobile Phone Number (USA) & Unlimited Free International Call to USA/Canada - UK Landline + Ability to Use Whatsapp Without SIM Card How is TextNow different from Whatsapp and Viber ? App Highlights Free Landline & Mobile call to USA/Canada (Tested to USA both Landline and mobile numbers) Free Landline to UK (Tested by myself) Sending Free SMS depending of the Country Zone... Receiving Verification Code: Currently Google & Microsoft Account verification code not working myself. Instruction: Signup for free during registration when you asked area code enter: 208 (That is the area code I can only get Whatsapp recognize the Phone Number) I got 2 Free USA Mobile Phone Number: (734) Whats up does not accept as a valid USA Number --> Got the number when ı enter Area cone 734 (208) Accepted number --> Have that number when I enter 555 during Area Code selection. Homepage:https://www.textnow.com/ Android:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.enflick.android.TextNow&hl=en iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/textnow-free-text-+-calls/id314716233?mt=8 Windows Phone:https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/textnow/9wzdncrfj38m (Android) TextNow – free text + calls PREMIUM v5.2.0 [Unlocked] Site: http://txt.do Sharecode[?]: /dtu7s ========================================================= How to Use WhatsApp Without Phone Number or SIM Via TextNow Method: In this method to use whatsapp messenger without sim verification, you need to install Textnow app on your android/ iPhone or windows phone. Using the Textnow number, you can install whatsapp without simcard. You need to have internet connectivity over wifi. Download Textnow app for your iPhone/Android/Windows phone. After installation, you will be provided with a Textnow number (when you asked area code enter: 208) We will use this number to run whatsapp without sim card. While setting up the whatsapp account, provide this Textnow number for verification. Then, wait for the Whatsapp sms verification to fail. You will be asked to verify your Whatsapp account via Call. Tap on the Call Me verification method You will get a call for the Textnow number, enter the interactive voice response Whatsapp verification code provided. Voila, you have installed whatsapp without sim using internet. Homepage:https://www.whatsapp.com/ Andrid:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp&hl=en iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/tr/app/whatsapp-messenger/id310633997?mt=8
  2. Tech giants speak out against GCHQ's idea for silently adding a spy to an encrypted messaging chat. Apple, Google, Microsoft, and WhatsApp have opposed a proposal by UK spy agency GCHQ to give spies access to end-to-end encrypted communications. Rather than add a backdoor or undermine encryption itself, technical whizzes from GCHQ and its cybersecurity unit, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), suggested that service provides like Apple, Google, and Facebook could "silently add a law enforcement participant to a group chat or call". The proposed solution would be no more intrusive than the crocodile clip-style telephone interception used in the last century, the techies contended. The idea would allow a company like Apple to add a "ghost" user, a law enforcement agent, to a chat. Encryption would remain intact, but a chat or messaging group would be compromised by the addition of a ghost user. Despite the lack of a backdoor, the signatories think such a power could be harmful to users because it would break authentication systems and damage trust in mainstream identity systems. "The ghost proposal would create digital security risks by undermining authentication systems, by introducing potential unintentional vulnerabilities, and by creating new risks of abuse or misuse of systems," reads an open letter signed by more than 50 companies, civil rights organisations and security experts - including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and WhatsApp. The ghost proposal was floated by NCSC technical director, Ian Levy, and GCHQ technical director for cryptanalysis, Crispin Robinson. The pair put it out there to kick off a discussion about a possible answer to the seemingly unresolvable conflict between lawful intercept on traditional phone lines and encrypted messaging apps on smartphones. The open letter aims to explain the pitfalls of the ghost proposal to public-private key based encryption if it were to be put into practice. "The 'ghost key' proposal put forward by GCHQ would enable a third party to see the plain text of an encrypted conversation without notifying the participants. But to achieve this result, their proposal requires two changes to systems that would seriously undermine user security and trust," the letter reads. "First, it would require service providers to surreptitiously inject a new public key into a conversation in response to a government demand. This would turn a two-way conversation into a group chat where the government is the additional participant, or add a secret government participant to an existing group chat. "Second, in order to ensure the government is added to the conversation in secret, GCHQ's proposal would require messaging apps, service providers, and operating systems to change their software." In turn this would "change the encryption schemes used, and could "mislead users by suppressing the notifications that routinely appear when a new communicant joins a chat." The letter also draws attention to the damage it could inflict on authentication processes that users rely on to ensure they're communicating with the intended person. "Currently the overwhelming majority of users rely on their confidence in reputable providers to perform authentication functions and verify that the participants in a conversation are the people they think they are, and only those people. The GCHQ's ghost proposal completely undermines this trust relationship and the authentication process." The group warns that the ghost function would undermine the ability for service providers to prevent their own staff from viewing the content of messages. "By requiring an exceptional access mechanism like the ghost proposal, GCHQ and UK law enforcement officials would require messaging platforms to open the door to surveillance abuses that are not possible today." In response to the letter, the NCSC's Levy said: "We welcome this response to our request for thoughts on exceptional access to data - for example to stop terrorists. The hypothetical proposal was always intended as a starting point for discussion. "It is pleasing to see support for the six principles and we welcome feedback on their practical application. "We will continue to engage with interested parties and look forward to having an open discussion to reach the best solutions possible." Source
  3. Facebook Confirms Ads Are Coming to WhatsApp Ads in WhatsApp are a topic that we’ve already discussed about on several occasions, but now it finally looks like Facebook is ready to make the whole thing happen. The social media giant confirmed at the Facebook Marketing Summit in the Netherlands that ads are indeed coming to WhatsApp at some point in 2020. And while for many this could sound like it’s the end of using WhatsApp as a daily driver, the company is actually planning to make the experience less intrusive with a simple approach. The ads would be displayed in the Status screen, not in conversations or in the contact list, as some people have previously suggested. This means that when checking out statuses posted by your contacts, you could occasionally come across ads from paying advertisers, much like it happens on Instagram Stories. Clearly, Facebook is aiming for a little bit of consistency across its apps here, so WhatsApp could embrace the same approach with its Status ads.Facebook says the ads won’t be intrusiveWhile Facebook says these ads won’t be too intrusive, I think it all comes down to how often you use WhatsApp Status in the first place. I rarely do, and out of my hundreds of contacts, one or two post a new status every few days. So users like me are less likely to be impacted by the implementation of ads in WhatsApp, which in the end is the thing that we’re most interested in. Meanwhile, the introduction of ads in WhatsApp could generate a new wave of user migration from Facebook’s messaging app to alternative solutions like Telegram. At this point, Telegram is the number one WhatsApp rival and is offered completely free of charge, with no ads. It remains to be seen how Facebook is going to handle the whole thing next year, with more specifics on the release date of the ads likely to land soon. Source
  4. “WhatsApp Will Never Be Secure” – Telegram Founder Attack Facebook Owned WhatsApp “WhatsApp Will Never be Safe” !! Telegram Founder Pavel Durov Attack Facebook Owned WhatsApp after the recent incident, in which, WhatsApp fixed a high severity bug that allows hackers to inject spyware remotely by making a single WhatsApp call and steal entire phone data. Durov is always focusing on users privacy, in results, Telegram was banned in his own country (Russia) after refuses to hand over the encryption keys. In this case, Telegram said, those demands would be impossible to implement since the keys were stored on users’ devices. Unlike Telegram, WhatsApp is not an open source platform and it never allows security researchers to check whether the App contain any malicious code or stealing any data from users. WhatsApp built with extremely obfuscated functionality in their app binaries to make sure no one able to read the code and study their infrastructure clearly. Durov pointed similar incidents (1, 2, 3) and said “Every time WhatsApp has to fix a critical vulnerability in their app, a new one seems to appear in its place. All of their security issues are conveniently suitable for surveillance, and look and work a lot like backdoors.” Back to 2012, when he was working for Telegram development, WhatsApp was transferring messages in plain-text in transit (1, 2) which allows not only for government but mobile providers and wifi admins had access to all WhatsApp texts. After these incidents, WhatsApp added the encryption feature but the decryption key was given to the several governments who can able to decrypt any users WhatsApp Conversation in the country. In 2016, WhatsApp announced they implemented end-to-end encryption so “no third party can access messages“. It coincided with an aggressive push for all of its users to back up their chats in the cloud. Also, he Quoted that, “When making this push, WhatsApp didn’t tell its users that when backed up, messages are no longer protected by end-to-end encryption and can be accessed by hackers and law enforcement. Brilliant marketing, and some naive people serving their time in jail as a result” ” WhatsApp has a consistent history – from zero encryption at its inception to a succession of security issues strangely suitable for surveillance purposes. Looking back, there hasn’t been a single day in WhatsApp’s 10-year journey when this service was secure. That’s why I don’t think that just updating WhatsApp’s mobile app will make it secure for anyone.” He Wrote a brief Statement in Telegraph “A lot of people can’t stop using WhatsApp, because their friends and family are still on it. It means we at Telegram did a bad job of persuading people to switch over. While we did attract hundreds of millions of users in the last five years, this wasn’t enough. The majority of internet users are still held hostage by the Facebook/WhatsApp/Instagram empire. Many of those who use Telegram are also on WhatsApp, meaning their phones are still vulnerable.” Also he pointed out about the Telegram ” In almost 6 years of its existence, Telegram didn’t have any major data leak or security flaw of the kind WhatsApp demonstrates every few months. In the same 6 years, we disclosed exactly zero bytes of data to third-parties, while Facebook/WhatsApp has been sharing pretty much everything with everybody who claimed they worked for a government “ He also requested that “If you like Telegram enough, you will tell your friends about it. The Facebook marketing department is huge. We at Telegram, however, do zero marketing. We don’t want to pay journalists and researchers to tell the world about Telegram. For that, we rely on you – the millions of our users. “. Source
  5. WhatsApp discovers 'targeted' surveillance attack Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image captionWhatsApp has 1.5bn users, but it believed the attacks were highly-targeted Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, said the attack targeted a "select number" of users, and was orchestrated by "an advanced cyber actor". A fix was rolled out on Friday. The attack was developed by Israeli security firm NSO Group, according to a report in the Financial Times. On Monday WhatsApp urged all of its 1.5bn users to update their apps as an added precaution. The attack was first discovered earlier this month. How was the security flaw used? It involved attackers using WhatsApp's voice calling function to ring a target's device. Even if the call was not picked up, the surveillance software would be installed, and, the FT reported, the call would often disappear from the device's call log. WhatsApp told the BBC its security team was the first to identify the flaw, and shared that information with human rights groups, selected security vendors and the US Department of Justice earlier this month. "The attack has all the hallmarks of a private company reportedly that works with governments to deliver spyware that takes over the functions of mobile phone operating systems,” the company said on Monday in a briefing document note for journalists. The firm also published an advisory to security specialists, in which it described the flaw as: "A buffer overflow vulnerability in WhatsApp VOIP stack allowed remote code execution via specially crafted series of SRTCP packets sent to a target phone number.” WhatsApp abused in Brazil's elections On the frontline of India's WhatsApp fake news war WhatsApp sets new rules after mob killings Who is behind the software? The NSO Group is an Israeli company that has been referred to in the past as a "cyber arms dealer". Its flagship software, Pegasus, has the ability to collect intimate data from a target device, including capturing data through the microphone and camera, and gathering location data. In a statement, the group said: "NSO's technology is licensed to authorised government agencies for the sole purpose of fighting crime and terror. "The company does not operate the system, and after a rigorous licensing and vetting process, intelligence and law enforcement determine how to use the technology to support their public safety missions. We investigate any credible allegations of misuse and if necessary, we take action, including shutting down the system. "Under no circumstances would NSO be involved in the operating or identifying of targets of its technology, which is solely operated by intelligence and law enforcement agencies. NSO would not or could not use its technology in its own right to target any person or organisation." Who has been targeted? WhatsApp said it was too early to know how many users had been affected by the vulnerability, although it added that suspected attacks were highly-targeted. According to Facebook's latest figures, WhatsApp has around 1.5bn users worldwide. Amnesty International, which said it had been targeted by tools created by the NSO Group in the past, said this attack was one human rights groups had long feared was possible. "They're able to infect your phone without you actually taking an action," said Danna Ingleton, deputy programme director for Amnesty Tech. She said there was mounting evidence that the tools were being used by regimes to keep prominent activists and journalists under surveillance. "There needs to be some accountability for this, it can't just continue to be a wild west, secretive industry." On Tuesday, a Tel Aviv court will hear a petition led by Amnesty International that calls for Israel's Ministry of Defence to revoke the NSO Group's licence to export its products. Source
  6. The AchieVer

    WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram Down

    WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram Down Facebook’s services are once again down, including here not only the social network, but also Instagram and WhatsApp. At the time of writing this article, attempts to connect to Facebook return a simple error message revealing that “something went wrong.” The official Instagram website fails with “5xx Server Error.” Furthermore, the WhatsApp mobile clients on both Android and iOS can no longer send and receive messages, with the app displaying a “Connecting…” message on launch. WhatsApp Web also appears to be impacted by the outage, and the service can no longer connect to mobile devices.Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp down in EuropeAccording to DownDetector, Facebook is down mostly for users in Europe, and several countries like Hungary, Serbia, and Romania are apparently the most affected. The social network appears to be working fine elsewhere. In the case of Instagram, the problem seems to be more widespread. Romania, Hungary, and Moldavia once again appear to be impacted by the outage, but the aforementioned service also indicates sporadic connectivity issues in other countries like the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, and China. Part of the US was also hit by Instagram connectivity problems. WhatsApp is down mostly for users in Europe, but this time the regions that experience connectivity problems are Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Italy, and the UK. Facebook hasn’t released a statement on what’s happening with its services, and most likely, the company would restore them shortly. Obviously, no information on the cause of the outage has been provided either. In the meantime, there’s not much you can do than wait for Facebook to provide us with some status updates. Nevertheless, the social network rarely discloses the cause of service outages, unless it’s something truly critical, so it remains to be seen how fast this new blunder is resolved this time. Source
  7. WhatsApp Will Allow Users to Block Conversation Screenshots WhatsApp will soon get a new feature that will allow users to block conversation screenshots on their devices. An early implementation is available in the latest WhatsApp beta for Android, and the feature is tied to the authentication lock within the app. Basically, this means that if you enable fingerprint or face recognition security (you won’t be able to launch WhatsApp without scanning your finger or face), screenshots are blocked as well on your device. More awkward is that this feature does not block screenshots at conversation level, but only on the local device. In other words, you are the only one restricted from taking screenshots, and not the person you’re chatting to.Similar feature in Telegram secret chatsA similar feature is also available in WhatsApp’s rival Telegram as part of secret chats, only that in this case all participants in a conversation are blocked from taking a screen capture. For now, the only real purpose such a feature would have is blocking malware from capturing your conversations, as others would otherwise find it rather unhandy to set such restrictions on their devices. As WABetaInfo discovered, WhatsApp is also working on adding animated stickers to all supported platforms, including even WhatsApp for the Web. Stickers are already available, but WhatsApp wants to enhance conversations by adding animated versions that play continuously in a loop. Unlike GIFs, which only play for a limited time, the new stickers would animate continuously in the conversation window. Right now, these features are still being tested by WhatsApp, and there’s no ETA as to when they could be pushed to users. However, it shouldn’t take too long before they go live, especially in the case of the animated stickers, which just seem to be a natural evolution of the existing sticker implementation on Android and iOS. Source
  8. Facebook and its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp experienced widespread outages on Sunday for the second time in the past month (and the third time this year), with issues reported starting at around 6:30 a.m. ET and extending until around 9:00 a.m. ET. Per Bloomberg, Facebook and Instagram domains ceased to be accessible by users during that time period, while Messenger and WhatsApp were also non-functional. In a statement to the news agency, the company offered few details: Users worldwide appeared to be impacted, with Bloomberg noting that Twitter users everywhere from the U.S. to Israel and Thailand were complaining about the outage. The last time this happened in mid-March, Facebook blamed a “server configuration change” that resulted in an unprecedented, cascading series of issues persisting for over 24 hours. As the New York Times noted, even the platform’s bug reporting system became inaccessible, a black eye for a service that (at least in theory) is never supposed to go down. This incident is nowhere near as bad: outage-monitoring service DownDetector listed reports peaking in the tens of thousands on Sunday, while it listed millions of reports during the mid-March outage. More at [Bloomberg] Source
  9. On the same day Facebook has said it will expand its WhatsApp messaging product to include Facebook and Instagram, the popular encrypted messaging service got endorsed by an unlikely source: Roger Stone. "Want to talk on a secure line — got Whatsapp?" Stone asked a Trump campaign supporter in October 2016, before allegedly telling the supporter about forthcoming damaging material on Hillary Clinton, according to an indictment released Friday. Stone presumably favored WhatsApp because it's one of a very few services that offer "end-to-end encryption" on both messages and phone calls, as well as communications that include photographs and documents. This means messages sent via the platform are scrambled so that only the sender and receiver can view them on their respective devices, making it almost impossible for outsiders to monitor communications. Even the information about who's on the other end of the line is obscured from view, so outsiders can't easily scan carrier records or internet service provider records to discover that two parties were in touch. WhatsApp voice calls, which appear to be what Stone was allegedly proposing, are similarly encrypted. Somebody within earshot could hear the conversation, but the data making up the voices on the call are encrypted in transit, and prying parties trying to tap any line in between would likely be unable to monitor the scrambled content of the conversation. This may not work, however, if either party is running an old version of the application, so it's not foolproof. These features have made WhatsApp a favorite of many people who wish to keep their communications under an additional layer of privacy. They include criminals and terrorists — but also people who simply enjoy privacy, and even cybersecurity expertsbattling criminals. Security professionals often use applications like WhatsApp to communicate "out of band" — in other words, off official work channels — about investigations that they need to keep private internally. It's unclear from Stone's indictment whether any of the communications cited were actually conducted via WhatsApp or came from other channels. But even if WhatsApp had been used, the special counsel investigation so far has shown these communications are recoverable in some circumstances, as they apparently have for Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort. For instance, if somebody on either end of the conversation willingly gives up the information, or it's stored on a device that's not password-protected and belongs to one of the parties, then it's possible for an outsider to see what was discussed. Competitors in the encrypted communications space — including my favorites, Wickr and Signal — offer similar advantages with some added security benefits as well. For instance, Wickr lets you thoroughly destroy old messages and make encrypted video calls and voice memos, and Signal offers simple group messaging and lets you set a time limit on when to destroy messages. WhatsApp may face an uphill battle in continuing to appeal to those seeking heightened access to private communication channels, as Facebook links its other products to the application. Source
  10. Post a comment Facebook Facebook to merge WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram messaging The company wants to make it possible to send messages among the services while keeping the brands separate. Facebook plans to create a single underlying messaging platform for WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, a move that would allow users to send messages across the three standalone apps. The three apps will remain separate, but they'll be brought together under a single messaging platform or protocol. The changes would make it possible to send messages from one of the company's chat systems to another -- so you could speak to your Messenger-only friends without leaving WhatsApp. Facebook said it's still figuring out the details, but the apps would include end-to-end encryption, which ensures that only the participants of a conversation can view the messages being sent. The tech firm, which has faced a series of scandals over data misuse and privacy, plans to finish this work by the end of this year or early 2020, according to The New York Times, citing four people working on the project. "We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. "We're working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks." The strategy also highlights how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is exerting more control over the companies Facebook acquired for billions of dollars. Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014 and Instagram for $1 billion in 2012. Some of these founders reportedly have butted heads with Zuckerberg and left the company. That list of departures includes Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, WhatApp's Brian Acton and Jan Koum and Oculus co-founders Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe. Integrating the apps could help Facebook make more money from ads by getting its users to spend more time texting in its chat apps rather than turning to other texting services by Apple and Google, according to people who spoke to the Times. But the changes might not sit well with some Facebook users, who have become more wary about the data the company shares with other tech firms following a number of scandals. Last year, revelations surfaced that UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of up to 87 million Facebook users without their permission. It's unclear what user information will be shared among Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook is expecting messaging to play a much bigger role in its future. In October, Zuckerberg said a growing number of users are shifting from posting publicly to sharing privately in messaging apps. Source
  11. In-short conclusion—Whatsapp service or its 45-days deletion policy doesn't seem to have a bug. For detailed logical explanation, please read below. An Amazon employee earlier today tweeted details about an incident that many suggests could be a sign of a huge privacy bug in the most popular end-to-end encrypted Whatsapp messaging app that could expose some of your secret messages under certain circumstances. According to Abby Fuller, she found some mysterious messages on WhatsApp, notably not associated with her contacts, immediately after she created a new account with the messaging app on her brand new phone using a new number for the very first time. Fuller believes that the mysteriously appeared content on her new account was the message history associated with the WhatsApp account of the previous owner of the same SIM/mobile number, which WhatsApp pushed to her phone. Since for WhatsApp, your phone number is your username and password is the OPT it sends to that number, it's not a vulnerability. This is how the service works. In a blog post, WhatsApp has explicitly mentioned that it's a "common practice for mobile providers to recycle numbers, you should expect that your former number will be reassigned." In her tweets, Fuller said that the appeared chat history was "not FULL, but definitely actual threads/DM conversations," she has yet to confirm if those messages also included any message sent by the previous SIM owner. However, to my knowledge, setting up WhatsApp on a new device using a new phone number could not restore full message archive of the previous owner because the company never backs up your encrypted conversations on its server. However, it keeps pending messages on its server until delivered to the recipients when they come back online. This suggests that the messages Fuller found on her newly created Whatsapp account were probably only the undelivered messages sent by the contacts of the previous owner after he/she stopped using that SIM number. Moreover, to prevent your previous messages from landing onto others device, WhatsApp recommends users to either delete their account before stop using a SIM or mitigate the WhatsApp account with "Change number" feature available in the app settings. Besides this, in case you forget to delete your old account, WhatsApp automatically deletes undelivered messages from its servers 45 days after you stay offline, preventing the new owner of your old number from receiving those messages. However, Fuller claimed that she owns her new phone number from many months, i.e., more than 45 days, and may be due to some bug due to which WhatsApp failed to delete those messages from its server that were associated with the previous SIM owner. Here's What Could Have Happened A few tech sites and users on Twitter, Reddit currently suggesting that WhatsApp "45-day message deleting mechanism" contains a bug that eventually is keeping undelivered messages stored on the company server for a longer period after the recipients stop using their accounts. However, they all missed an important fact here — You don't need your SIM to keep using your WhatsApp account, once configured on the phone. That means, it is likely possible that the old owner of that SIM was still using his WhatsApp account after dumping the SIM number until Fuller recently configured the same number and verified the account using the OPT received on her phone. So, with high confidence, we can say that the messages appeared on the Fuller phone were only some recently undelivered messages that the old user was supposed to receive when online this morning. What About the WhatsApp Encryption Keys? Lastly, if you are thinking how a new user with a new WhatsApp private key on her phone was able to receive/read messages that were actually end-to-end encrypted using the private keys of the previous owner, you should read our previous article here. This story also highlights the privacy threat a Guardian reporter raised two years ago in the way WhatsApp implemented the protocol, wherein the company, by default, trusts new encryption keys broadcasted by a contact and uses it to automatically re-encrypt undelivered messages and send them to the recipient without informing or leaving an opportunity for the sender to verify the recipient. We have contacted the WhatsApp team and waiting for their comment. We'll update the story as soon as we heard back from them. Have something to say about this article? Comment below or share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or our LinkedIn Group. Source
  12. 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 active users. In comparison, Facebook Messenger was said to have 1.3billion in the same period. One of the reasons for WhatsApp's laudable success is surely its consistent stream of updates that add new features on a regular basis. Last year one of the biggest features to arrive on the client was the addition of group calling that allowed up to four people, including the person that initiated the call, to chat with one another. Discussing the feature at the time, WhatsApp said: "You can make a group call with up to four people total - anytime and anywhere. "Just start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new 'add participant' button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call. "Group calls are always end-to-end encrypted, and we've designed calling to work reliably around the world in different network conditions." But now it appears such a feature is going to be challenged by Google Duo that looks set to deliver group calling for up to eight people at once. Android Police, courtesy of an anonymous source, recently posted alleged screenshots of such a feature being harnessed. The outlet insisted the tool can be used after a group has been made in the app with all the contacts the user wants to speak with. It added there does not currently appear to be a way for participants to be added during a group call, meaning everyone needs to join at the start. A new dark mode for the app as also shown off that could make using Google Duo easier on user eyes overall. It is currently unclear when group calling and a dark mode will arrive for the Mountain View firm's app. Google Duo looks set to deliver group calling for up to eight people at once (Image: Google) Dark modes have become increasingly prominent in mobile applications, giving users more choice in how they want to view the software in question. Back in September WABetaInfo, an outlet renowned for digging through WhatsApp code to gain an insight into forthcoming features, stated a dark theme is being worked on for the app. However, it appears Facebook Messenger could beat WhatsApp to delivering such an aesthetic, according to a new leak. Twitter user Jane Manchun Wong recently postedimages of Facebook Messenger running a new dark mode and claimed the social media giant is "testing" the new feature in "certain countries". Although an exact release date for the feature has not been provided, the function was shown to be working as a user would expect, suggesting it may not be long before a mass rollout takes place. It is unknown when WhatsApp intends to deliver its own dark mode to users. Source
  13. Facebook-owned WhatsApp is being criticized for failing to curb the spread of child pornography on the messaging app. A report by two Israeli online safety groups, Netivei Reshet and Screensaverz, concluded that it was easy to find WhatsApp groups in which people shared images and videos of children being sexually abused. Some third-party apps that provide links to join WhatsApp groups have sections for adult content, which have been used to share child pornography on the platform, according to TechCrunch, which translated the report. The researchers contacted Facebook about the problem, but news outlets, including the Financial Times, found that several of the groups were still active on the platform. One child pornography group chat had 256 members from various countries, including the US, and was active earlier this week. The accounts in the group were later banned by WhatsApp, which also said it had been flagged internally before the Financial Times alerted the company. The two nonprofits discovered the child pornography groups during the summer after a man called a hotline to report them. A WhatsApp spokesperson said that the company "has a zero-tolerance policy around child sexual abuse." "We deploy our most advanced technology, including artificial intelligence, to scan profile photos and images in reported content, and actively ban accounts suspected of sharing this vile content," the spokesperson said. The company also responds to requests from law enforcement and reports abuse to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. WhatsApp recently banned roughly 130,000 accounts in 10 days for violating its rules against child sexual abuse. source
  14. After numerous infamous cases of people in India and Brazil falling prey to fake news spread on WhatsApp, the problem is now spreading to Nigeria. The West African nation is hosting its national elections in February next year, and a report from The Poynter Institute says its citizens are at risk of being conned by misinformation surrounding political parties – and it’s reaching people through WhatsApp. researcher Allwell Okpi found that rumors about ethnicities and political candidates often spread through WhatsApp in Nigeria, in local languages. According to the report, people using the Facebook-owned service often receive doctored or miscaptioned images. One of the prime examples included photos of Nigerian soldiers allegedly killed by the Boko Haram terrorist group. However, those turned out to be recycled photos from another incident which involved the Kenyan Army in Somalia. One recent false rumor was about where politicians stand on a semi-nomadic tribe clashing with indigenous tribes and Christian farmers. Another one claimed that a presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, couldn’t enter the US because of corruption charges. Such misinformation could color people’s opinions of political candidates and skew their decisions to vote in the upcoming elections. A recent survey indicated that 28 percent of people in Nigeria shared information which turned out to be bogus. The Facebook-owned chat application has taken some measures to battle fake news. It imposed a forward limit in India and Brazil to stop mass forwarding of messages. It even banned 100,000 accounts just before the elections in Brazil. In India, the company recently appointed a grievance officer and a company head. It’s taking a lot of effort to spread awareness offline as well through newspaper ads and theater. The company even launched a TV campaign today to warn people about misinformation. But as we noted, WhatsApp alone can’t be blamed for the spread of misinformation; it’s up to the government and the nation’s people to develop a culture of questioning the veracity of the information they receive through new channels of communication. While WhatsApp‘s had a tough 2018, next year will put it under more pressure because of the upcoming elections in India and Nigeria. It’ll be interesting to see if the company can figure out ways to battle the spread of fake news without breaking its end-to-end message encryption. Source
  15. Facebook, the parent company of WhatsApp, never made it clear how exactly it plans to put ads in WhatsApp but it has also never ruled out the possibility. David Fischer, Facebook's vice president of business and marketing partnerships, last month in an interview with Adweek had said that the company will figure out ways to bring ads to the chat app. It seems that it has finally figured it out. A WhatsApp spokesperson has confirmed Tech Crunch that the chat app is planning to run ads inside the Status tab of the app. To recall, 'Status' is the second tab you see in your WhatsApp window right between the 'Chats' and 'Calls' tabs. Similar to Snapchat Stories features, photos or video posted inside Status disappear after 24 hours. . "WhatsApp does not currently run ads in Status though this represents a future goal for us, starting in 2019 and not only that, we also move slowly and carefully and provide more details before we place any Ads in Status,"A whatsapp spokeperson by Tech crunch. According to WSJ, the popular chat app will start showing ads in its ‘Status’ feature from next year, much like another popular Facebook-owned property, Instagram, which shows ads in its ‘Stories’ section to generate revenues. According to the report, around 450 million people use WhatsApp Status, compared with about 400 million who use Instagram Stories. Revenues From WhatsApp Business The company has also revealed that from today, it has started charging big companies that use its service to interact with customers. As per its newly-adopted business model, the company has started charging the likes of Uber and Singapore Airlines (among others) to send their WhatsApp messages, updates and notifications to customers. Overall, the company says it has started off with around 100 companies, but expects to increase the scope and scale of the operations going forward. With a view towards monetizing its free service, WhatsApp last year had soft launched WhatsApp Business, which is aimed at corporates that want to use the popular instant messaging app to connect with their customers. Article Sources: indiatoday.in androidheadlines.com The Wall Street Journal beebom.com
  16. Letter to judge reveals 731 pages of messages, call logs uncovered on one of two phones. Michael Cohen leaving the United States District Court Southern District of New York on May 30, 2018 in New York City. A letter today revealed that the FBI had recovered over 700 pages of messages and call logs from encrypted messaging apps on one of two BlackBerry phones belonging to Cohen. In a letter to the presiding judge in the case against Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's long-time personal attorney, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York revealed today that it had obtained additional evidence for review—including a trove of messages and call logs from WhatsApp and Signal on one of two BlackBerry phones belonging to Cohen. The messages and call logs together constitute 731 pages of potential evidence. The FBI also recovered 16 pages of documents that had been shredded, but it has not yet been able to complete the extraction of data from the second phone. The letter to Judge Kimba Wood stated that "the Government was advised that the FBI’s original electronic extraction of data from telephones did not capture content related to encrypted messaging applications, such as WhatsApp and Signal... The FBI has now obtained this material." This change is likely because of the way the messages are stored by the applications, not because the FBI had to break any sort of encryption on them. WhatsApp and Signal store their messages in encrypted databases on the device, so an initial dump of the phone would have only provided a cryptographic blob. The key is required to decrypt the contents of such a database, and there are tools readily available to access the WhatsApp database on a PC. In a post to Twitter, attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents Stormy Daniels in her suit against Cohen over a nondisclosure agreement regarding her alleged sexual encounters with Donald Trump, crowed about the new evidence. The messages and logs were provided to Cohen's attorneys today. Cohen has until June 25 to review the materials and make any claims of attorney-client privilege; after that, any messages he claims are protected will be reviewed by the Special Master, retired federal judge Barbara Jones. Jones and Cohen's attorneys have already reviewed an initial collection of data from two phones and an iPad. Jones ruled that out of 291,770 total items from those devices, "148 items are Privileged and/or Partially Privileged and that 7 items are Highly Personal." But an additional 315 megabytes of data have been pulled from the first of the two BlackBerries, and its contents were delivered to Cohen's attorneys on June 14. An unknown amount of data remains on the second BlackBerry. "The Government will update the Court on the final BlackBerry extraction as soon as possible," US Attorney Robert Khuzami wrote in the letter to Judge Wood. Source
  17. (Reuters) — As Europe’s new privacy law took effect on Friday, one activist wasted no time in asserting the additional rights it gives people over the data that companies want to collect about them. Austrian Max Schrems filed complaints against Google, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, arguing they were acting illegally by forcing users to accept intrusive terms of service or lose access. That take-it-or-leave-it approach, Schrems told Reuters Television, violates people’s right under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to choose freely whether to allow companies to use their data. “You have to have a ‘yes or no’ option,” Schrems said in an interview recorded in Vienna before he filed the complaints in various European jurisdictions. “A lot of these companies now force you to consent to the new privacy policy, which is totally against the law.” The GDPR overhauls data protection laws in the European Union that predate the rise of the internet and, most importantly, foresees fines of up to 4 percent of global revenues for companies that break the rules. That puts potential sanctions in the ballpark of anti-trust fines levied by Brussels that, in Google’s case, have run into billions of dollars. Andrea Jelinek, who heads both Austria’s Data Protection Authority and a new European Data Protection Board set up under GDPR, appeared to express sympathy with Schrems’ arguments at a news conference in Brussels. Asked about the merits of Schrems’ complaints, Jelinek said: “If there is forced consent, there is no consent.” Scourge of Facebook Schrems was a 23-year-old law student when he first took on Facebook and he’s been fighting Mark Zuckerberg’s social network ever since – becoming the poster-boy for data privacy. He won a landmark European court ruling in 2015 that invalidated a ‘safe harbour’ agreement allowing firms to transfer personal data from the EU to the United States, where data protection is less strict. With GDPR in mind, he recently set up a non-profit called None of Your Business noyb.eu (noyb) that plans legal action to blunt the ability of the tech titans to harvest data that they then use to sell targeted advertising. His laptop perched on the table of a traditional Viennese coffee house, Schrems showed how a pop-up message on Facebook seeks consent to use his data – and how he is blocked when he refuses. “The only way is to really accept it, otherwise you cannot use your Facebook any more,” Schrems explained. “As you can see, I have my messages there and I cannot read them unless I agree.” Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, said in a statement that the company has prepared for 18 months to ensure it meets the requirements of GDPR by making its policies clearer and its privacy settings easier to find. Facebook, which has more than 2 billion regular users, has also said that advertising allows it to remain free, and that the whole service, including ads, is meant to be personalized based on user data. “1,000-euro brick” Schrems said, however, that Instagram, a photo-sharing network popular with younger users, and encrypted messaging service WhatsApp – both owned by Facebook – also use pop-ups to gain consent and bar users who refuse. The action brought by noyb against Google relates to new smartphones using its Android operating system. Buyers are required to hand over their data or else own “a 1,000-euro brick” that they can’t use, Schrems said. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Noyb is filing the four claims with data protection authorities in France, Belgium, Germany and Austria. Ensuing litigation may play out in Ireland, where both Facebook and Google have their European headquarters. One filing, made against Facebook on behalf of an Austrian woman, asks the country’s data protection authority to investigate and, as appropriate, prohibit data processing operations based on invalid consent. It also asks the regulator to impose “effective, proportionate and dissuasive” fines as foreseen by GDPR, which in Facebook’s case could run to 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion). “So far it was cheaper just to ignore privacy rights,” said Schrems. “Now, hopefully, it’s going to be cheaper to follow them because the penalties are so high.” Source
  18. WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton expressed outrage at Facebook’s privacy policies last month by tweeting “It is time. #deletefacebook.” But WhatsApp’s Facebook-like group chat features also have design flaws that jeopardize user privacy. Maybe it’s also time to #DeleteWhatsApp. WhatsApp differentiates itself from parent company Facebook by touting its end-to-end encryption. “Some of your most personal moments are shared with WhatsApp,” the company writes on its website, so “your messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, and calls are secured from falling into the wrong hands.” But WhatsApp members may not be aware that when using the app’s Group Chat feature, their data can be harvested by anyone in the group. What is worse, their mobile numbers can be used to identify and target them. WhatsApp groups are designed to enable groups of up to 256 people to join a shared chat without having to go through a central administrator. Group originators can add contacts from their phones or create links enabling anyone to opt-in. These groups, which can be found through web searches, discuss topics as diverse as agriculture, politics, pornography, sports, and technology. Not all groups have links, but in those that do, anyone who finds the link can join the group. While all new joining members are announced to the group, they are not required to provide a name or otherwise identify themselves. This design could leave inattentive members open to targeting, as a new report from European researchers shows. The researchers demonstrated that a tech-savvy person can easily obtain treasure troves of data from WhatsApp groups by using nothing more than an old Samsung smartphone running scripts and off-the-shelf applications. This is not a security breach — the app is working exactly as designed. Kiran Garimella, of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland sent me a draft of a paper he coauthored with Gareth Tyson, of Queen Mary University, U.K. titled “WhatsApp, doc? A first look at WhatsApp public group data.” It details how they were able to obtain data from nearly half a million messages exchanged between 45,794 WhatsApp users in 178 public groups over a six-month period, including their mobile numbers and any images, videos, and web links they had shared. The groups had titles such as “funny”, “love vs. life”, “XXX”, “nude”, and “box office movies”, as well as the names of political parties and sports teams. The researchers obtained lists of public WhatsApp groups through web searches and used a browser automation tool to join a few of the roughly 2,000 groups they found — a process requiring little human intervention and easily applicable to a larger set of groups. Their smartphone began to receive large streams of messages, which WhatsApp stored in a local database. The data are encrypted, but the cipher key is stored inside the RAM of the mobile device itself. This allowed the researchers to decrypt the data using a technique developed by Indian researchers L.P. Gudipaty and K.Y. Jhala. Note: The method Garimella and Tyson used only allowed them to access data posted to each of the groups after they’d joined them; they weren’t able to access any earlier data posted in the groups. The researchers’ goal was to determine how WhatsApp could be used for social-science research (they plan to make their dataset and tools publicly available after they anonymize the data). But their paper demonstrates how easily marketers, hackers, and governments can take advantage of the WhatsApp platform — with no contractual restraints and for almost no cost. This can have a much darker side. The New York Times recently published a story on the Chinese Government’s detention of human-rights activist Zhang Guanghong after monitoring a WhatsApp group of Guanghong’s friends, with whom he had shared an article that criticized China’s president. The Times speculated that the government had hacked his phone or had a spy in his group chat; but gathering such information is easy for anyone with a group hyperlink or access to a server. Earlier this year, Wired reported that researchers from Ruhr-University Bochum, in Germany, found a series of flaws in encrypted messaging applications that enable anyone who controls a WhatsApp server to “effortlessly insert new people into an otherwise private group, even without the permission of the administrator who ostensibly controls access to that conversation.” Gaining access to a computer server requires sophisticated hacking skills or the type of access only governments can gain. But as Wired wrote, “the premise of so-called end-to-end encryption has always been that even a compromised server shouldn’t expose secrets.” Researcher Paul Rösler reportedly said, “The confidentiality of the group is broken as soon as the uninvited member can obtain all the new messages and read them. … If I hear there’s end-to-end encryption for both groups and two-party communications, that means adding of new members should be protected against. And if not, the value of encryption is very little.” Facebook and its family of companies are being much too casual about privacy, as we have seen from the Cambridge Analytica revelations, harming freedom and democracy. They need to be held to higher standards. Editor’s note: VentureBeat reached out to WhatsApp regarding the researchers’ findings, but the company did not provide a statement. Vivek Wadhwa is Distinguished Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University Engineering at Silicon Valley and author of The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future. Source
  19. Hello Gents, Press K (kick up my butt), if you reckon, I'm too unaware.. but I have my excuses- busy with work etc, so: (fed up having so many apps, conflicting contact issues etc), wonder, if somebody would have new (better) suggestions? Skype had it's glory days, but is too big, too unsafe, too much data FB Messenger is sort of "must", due to social interactions Like Telegram, but ever so few other users, also, it is not 100% as secure no more, What'sApp is OK, as there are some old contacts, sometimes handy, bhuuuttt Duo google product, expect to be failures, as per usual Hangouts- OK, just not sure if worth keeping it, as other apps-client do the same Thanks!
  20. ICO probe: No legal basis for Facebook slurps WhatsApp has agreed not to share users' data with parent biz Facebook after failing to demonstrate a legal basis for the ad-fuelling data slurp in the EU. The move comes after a years-long battle between the biz and European data protection agencies, which argued that changes to WhatsApp's small print hadn't been properly communicated and didn't comply with EU law. An investigation by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office, which reported today, confirmed the biz has failed to identity a legal basis for sharing personal data in a way that would benefit Facebook's business. Moreover, any such sharing would have been in breach of the Data Protection Act. In response, WhatsApp has agreed to sign an undertaking (PDF) in which it commits not to share any EU user data to any other Facebook-owned company until it can comply with the incoming General Data Protection Regulation. The ICO celebrated the deal as a "win for the data protection of UK customers" – a statement that Paul Bernal, IP and internet law expert at the University of East Anglia, said he agreed with only up to a point. "This is indeed a 'win', but a limited one," he told The Register. "It's only a commitment until they believe they've worked out how to comply with the GDPR – and I suspect they'll be working hard to find a way to do that to the letter rather than to the spirit of the GDPR." Using consent as the lawful basis? No dice At the heart of the issue is consent. In summer 2016, a privacy policy update said that, although it would continue to operate as a separate service, WhatsApp planned to share some account information, including phone numbers, with Facebook for targeted advertising, business analysis and system security. Although users could withhold consent for targeted advertising, they could not for the other two purposes – any users that didn't like the terms would have to stop using WhatsApp. The EU data protection bodies have previously said that this "like it or lump it" approach to service use doesn't constitute freely given consent – as required by EU rules. Similarly, they felt that WhatsApp's use of pre-ticked boxes was not "unambiguous" and that the information provided to users was "insufficiently specific". The ICO has also noted that matching account data might lead to "privacy policy creep", with further uses of data slipping into the Ts&Cs unnoticed by users. The investigation – which looked only at situations where WhatsApp wanted to share information with Facebook for business interests, not service support – confirmed concerns that the policy wasn't up to scratch. Information commissioner Elizabeth Denham said WhatsApp had not identified a lawful basis for processing, or given users "adequate fair processing information" about any such sharing. "In relation to existing users, such sharing would involve the processing of personal data for a purpose that is incompatible with the purpose for which such data was obtained," she said. She added that if the data had been shared, the firm "would have been in contravention of the first and second data protection principles" of the UK's Data Protection Act. WhatsApp has maintained that it hasn't shared any personal data with Facebook in the EU, but in a letter to the biz's general counsel Anne Hoge, Denham indicated that this had not been made clear at the outset. Denham wrote that the initial letter from WhatApp had only stated data sharing was paused for targeted ads. It was, she said, "a fair assumption for me to make" that WhatsApp may have shared data for the other two purposes, "but have at some point since that letter decided to pause" this too. However, she said that since WhatsApp has "assured" the ICO that "no UK user data has ever been shared with Facebook", she could not issue the biz with a civil monetary penalty and had to ask WhatsApp to sign the undertaking instead. Next up: Legitimate interests Denham's letter makes it clear that the companies will be working to make sure that data sharing can go ahead in a lawful way, particularly for system security purposes, for which it may consider using the "legitimate interests" processing condition. She noted that there would be "a range" of legitimate interests – such as fighting spam or for business analytics – but that in all cases it would need to show that processing was necessary to achieve it, and balance it against individuals' rights. Bernal said that if the biz had any plans to use the consent condition for processing, it "will need huge scrutiny". "It's almost impossible for most users to understand what they're really consenting to," he said. "And if ordinary users can't understand, how can they consent?" Jon Baines, data protection adviser at Mishcon de Reya, also noted that the fact WhatsApp had held its ground on what he described as a "key point" could put the ICO in a difficult position down the line. "It's very interesting that the ICO is classing this as a 'win', because – although on the surface it seems like a success – it's notable that WhatsApp have reserved their position on a key point, which is whether the processing in question falls under the UK's remit by virtue of the fact that it takes place in the UK on users' devices," he said. "Normally the effect of an informal undertaking will be to encourage a data controller voluntarily to take or cease action, to avoid the need for legal enforcement which would otherwise be available. "Here, should WhatsApp subsequently fail to perform the undertaking, the ICO might be compromised if there is no clear basis on which it can follow up with enforcement action." In a statement sent to The Register, WhatsApp emphasised the pause it had put on data sharing. "As we've repeatedly made clear for the last year we are not sharing data in the ways that the UK Information Commissioner has said she is concerned about anywhere in Europe." It added that it "cares deeply" about users' privacy and that "every message is end-to-end encrypted". Source
  21. WhatsApp has launched a separate app designed for use by small businesses to more easily connect with customers. WhatsApp Business adds key features like dedicated business profiles for details like email address, business description, store addresses, and website; smart messaging tools like greetings, quick replies, and away messages; and metrics for how many messages were sent, delivered, and read. For those who use a business number and a personal one, both the WhatsApp Business and WhatsApp Messenger apps can be used on the same device and registered with your different numbers. WhatsApp Business is also compatible with WhatsApp Web, the app’s desktop web browser client. The quick replies feature Business accounts will be clearly listed as such. WhatsApp says over time, businesses that have confirmed their account phone number matches their business one will receive a confirmation badge on their profile. That’s similar to WhatsApp adding green verification badges to select business accounts last year in the standard app. WhatsApp says other users can continue to use the standard app as usual and will still have full control over the messages they receive like blocking numbers and reporting spam. WhatsApp Business is free and available to download now for Android users, though there’s no mention of an iOS release yet. WhatsApp Business is currently available in Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the UK, and the US, with a global rollout scheduled in the coming weeks. The Verge.com
  22. WhatsApp Messenger v2.17.397 Requirements: 4.0.3+ Overview: WhatsApp Messenger is a messaging app available for Android and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to message and call friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, and Voice Messages. First year FREE!* (WhatsApp may charge thereafter, current price is $0.99 USD/year). WHY USE WHATSAPP: • NO ADDITIONAL FEES: WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to message and call friends and family, so you don’t have to pay for every message or call.* • MULTIMEDIA: Send and receive photos, videos, and Voice Messages. • WHATSAPP CALLING: Call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they’re in another country. WhatsApp calls use your phone’s Internet connection rather than your cellular plan’s voice minutes.* (Note: you can’t access 911 and other emergency service numbers through WhatsApp). • GROUP CHAT: Enjoy group chats with your contacts so you can easily stay in touch with your friends or family. • WHATSAPP WEB: You can also send and receive WhatsApp messages right from your computer’s browser. • NO INTERNATIONAL CHARGES: There’s no extra charge to send WhatsApp messages internationally. Chat with your friends around the world and avoid international SMS charges.* • SAY NO TO USERNAMES AND PINS: Why bother having to remember yet another username or PIN? WhatsApp works with your phone number, just like SMS, and integrates seamlessly with your phone’s existing address book. • ALWAYS LOGGED IN: With WhatsApp, you’re always logged in so you don’t miss messages. No more confusion about whether you’re logged in or logged out. • QUICKLY CONNECT WITH YOUR CONTACTS: Your address book is used to quickly and easily connect you with your contacts who have WhatsApp so there’s no need to add hard-to-remember usernames. • OFFLINE MESSAGES: Even if you miss your notifications or turn off your phone, WhatsApp will save your recent messages until the next time you use the app. • AND MUCH MORE: Share your location, exchange contacts, set custom wallpapers and notification sounds, email chat history, broadcast messages to multiple contacts at once, and more! WHAT'S NEW • You can once again set a text-only update in your profile and it's called About. Tap Settings and then your profile name to edit it. Thanks for the feedback! • Search for the perfect animated GIF right from within WhatsApp. Tap the emoji button in a chat and then tap GIF at the bottom of the emoji panel to get started. This app has no advertisements https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp Download:
  23. Watch out! There’s a WhatsApp account thief about! Have you received an email claiming to come from WhatsApp that warns that you have been using the service for more than one year and that it’s time to take out a subscription? Beware! The emails are, of course, a scam designed to trick you into clicking links that might result in you handing your payment information over to fraudsters. Part of the email reads as follows: What makes the scam somewhat more convincing is that in the past WhatsApp did use to ask users to pay a fee after they had been using the service for over a year. But that all stopped in January 2016, when WhatsApp announced that it would no longer charge a fee, and was making its app completely free for everybody. So, don’t be duped into clicking on suspicious links claiming to come from WhatsApp suggesting you need to pay your subscription to continue to use the app. It’s not just nonsense, it’s potentially dangerous nonsense that could leave a hole in your wallet. And while we’re on the subject, as others have previously warned, you should always be wary of unsolicited SMS text messages claiming to come from WhatsApp demanding that you verify your account and buy a WhatsApp subscription. You ultimately decide what links you click on, and whether you hand over your passwords and payment card details. Always think twice, because the wrong decision could prove costly. Article source
  24. Fake website : http://шһатѕарр.com/?colors Actual site it redirects to : http://blackwhats.site/ Archive.is link : http://archive.is/9gK5Y Screenshots when you visit the website in smartphone : http://imgur.com/a/UsKue User gets the message saying whatsapp is now available with different colors " I love the new colors for whatsapp http://шһатѕарр.com/?colors " When you click the fake whatsapp.com url in mobile, the user is made to share the link to multiple groups for human verification. once your done sharing you are made to install adware apps, after you have installed the adware the website says the whatsapp color is available only in whatsapp web and makes you install an extention. Fake whatsapp extention : https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/blackwhats/apkecfhccjhdmicfliebkdekbkoioiaj these fake sites and spam messages are always circulating in whatsapp. Source Fake WhatsApp.com URL gets users to install adware Next time someone links you to whatsapp.com, make sure you take a second look. There’s some adware currently circulating around the web by tricking users to visit a ‘шһатѕарр.com’ domain instead. Yes, those are different URLs – the fake URL uses characters from the Cyrillic alphabet. As spotted by redditor u/yuexist, the site promises to let you install WhatsApp in different colors – I mean, everyone likes color options, right? If you visit the link, you’re asked to share the site with your friends for ‘verification.’ Your friends then receive a message saying “I love the new colors for whatsapp’ along with the fake URL. Once you’ve ‘verified’ yourself, you’re then told that WhatsApp’s colors can only be accessed on a desktop, and are asked to install an extension from the real Chrome Web Store called BlackWhats (still, click at your own risk). All this should send about 27,531 red flags to anyone remotely tech savvy, but there are plenty of WhatsApp users who don’t spend their time on tech blogs and might fall for it – the fake URL is certainly convincing enough at first glance. The extension itself has over 16,000 users and a 4 star rating from 55 ratings, though there are only 3 text reviews – it’s hard to tell if these ratings are somehow fake. We’ve reached out to Google to alert them about the adware. And as always, make sure to double check URLs on any unexpected links you may receive. Update: Google has removed this extension from the Chrome Web Store. Good riddance. Article source
  25. The idea of watching a whole season of your favorite TV how or the latest movies online for free is extremely appealing. Fraudsters are all too aware of this, as we’ll show. And it is obvious that cybercriminals are using Netflix – which has almost 100 million users – to spread their attacks, as it is one of the most popular ‘internet television networks” in the world today. In this post, we look at how fraudsters are using this well-known brand as the hook for a news WhatsApp scam. Let’s analyze how this false campaign, which offers users free access to Netflix for a whole year, works, and also look at how it has ended up misleading thousands of people worldwide. The initial message and its multiple false sites First things first – if you have received messages from trustworthy WhatsApp contacts inviting you to gain free access to the service through a particular link, let me be clear … Don’t do it! Don’t click on the link! Don’t share it! As we can see with the following images (in both the Spanish and English versions), the message appears to come from the Netflix.com domain. However, when users look at the shortened URL, they’ll notice that clicking on it will redirect them to another domain that is not related with the legitimate Netflix.com site: Spanish version English version Portuguese version The first click on the campaign takes the user to an external domain unrelated to Netflix, which curiously uses a trusted certificate as shown in the following image: Just like Netflix, it is also multilingual Another curious fact is that the page has the capacity to detect the language of the device and can change its language automatically. The following images show the same campaign in Spanish, Portuguese, and English: The method used for this scam is similar to what we are used to. The page promises a year’s worth of services from Netflix, provided that the user shares the fraudulent link with at least 10 of their contacts. Meanwhile, the page checks the number of times the user presses the share button, and if the target is not reached, opens another window requiring the victim to continue sharing the link. Then, the victim is redirected to pages that falsely claim that they are on the “final step” to achieve activation, when what is really happening is that they are stealing information from users’ mobile phones for different types of subscriptions, or opening the system’s messaging application in order to send an SMS to a premium number with a certain text or even encouraging users to download applications from unofficial sites. What should you do if you shared or clicked on the link? First of all, stay calm. It’s important to understand that, contrary to what some people believe, this is not a “WhatsApp virus” as there is no executable file that is being downloaded and installed in the terminal when you access the page. Although it is a potential risk, we have not found evidence that the fraudulent sites are attempting to exploit the vulnerabilities of the connected devices; so, in theory, there is no greater risk of infection by simply clicking on the link. If you have shared the link with friends and family, follow these steps: Get in touch with them as soon as you can and let them know that it is a scam and to stop sharing the message. If you entered your telephone number into any form, as seen in previous images, get in touch with your telephone provider to ensure that you have not subscribed “without noticing” to a premium messaging service that charges a fee. Finally, if you have downloaded any applications onto your cellphone, uninstall them. If you can’t do this, get in touch with a professional who can do it for you and restore the device to its manufacturing settings. Remember that you should think twice about these messages with shortened links and consider their trustworthiness before sharing. Given that the campaign is multilingual, it has the capacity to spread much faster, not only in Spanish-speaking countries but also in countries where English or Portuguese is spoken. Likewise, it is important to notify any users that have sent you the link about the importance of not providing their mobile phone numbers to Premium SMS services. In this way, you can be a hero, not in your favorite online seasons, but in real life, by putting a stop to these malicious campaigns and enjoying more secure use of your technology. Article source
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