WHATSAPP has revealed that messages stored on Google's free back-up service aren't as secure as the ones safeguarded by its own internal systems. The Facebook-owned chat app recently teamed up with Google Drive to offer Android users unlimited storage for their WhatsApp data. Backing up your data is crucial to ensuring it's easily available when you switch phones. In the past your back-ups counted toward your Google quota, with a free 15GB worth of space available to users. But what seemed like an attractive deal comes with a glaring caveat: all the chats dumped on Google's servers won't be encrypted. That means that unlike on WhatsApp – where the texts are hidden behind lines of code that is indecipherable to anyone other than the sender and recipient (known as end-to-end-encryption) – Google can access them whenever it so chooses. And in the worst case scenario, so too could hackers. What is end-to-end encryption?It's available by default on WhatsApp, but how does the … [Read more...] about Your WhatsApp messages aren’t safe from hackers because of this gaping flaw
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WHO NEEDS words on WhatsApp when you can just respond with GIFs. The looping animated videos can liven up a group chat or be used as a sassy comeback – the possibilities are endless. WhatsApp was a bit slow in adding its own GIF feature (powered by the web's most popular GIF search engine GIPHY), with the update arriving in November 2016, over a year after Facebook got it, and nine months after Twitter. Here's how you can search and use GIFs in WhatsApp and even create your own. How to search and send GIFs in WhatsApp Open a WhatsApp chat. Click the + button. Select Photo and Video Library to view your camera roll. A small magnifying glass icon with the word GIF should appear in the bottom-left corner. Select it to see rows of GIFs. Now you can browse or search for specific GIFs. To send a GIF, just tap the green arrow once you've selected it. How to create and share your own GIFs in WhatsApp If you loved Vine (the deceased looping video platform that produced infinite viral … [Read more...] about How to send a GIF over WhatsApp with your iPhone or Android handset
WHATSAPP has quietly announced that its app will soon stop working on a bunch of iPhones and Android phones. The Facebook-owned messaging service currently boasts 1.5billion users worldwide, but it will cut off millions from its platform in the next two years. WhatsApp sneakily revealed the purge in an update to an old blog post titled "support for older operating systems". In it, the company says it will nix support for the following systems on February 1, 2020: iOS 7 and older Android Gingerbread versions 2.3.7 and older. Users of those operating systems can no longer create new WhastApp accounts, but will be able to use the app until the deadline. What's more, the app could stop functioning at any time, so maybe it's time to buy a new phone. Android Gingerbread launched in 2010 and still makes up for 0.3 percent of Android's market share – which amounts to roughly six million devices. Back in December, WhatsApp ended support for BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry … [Read more...] about WhatsApp will stop working on THESE phones soon – is yours on the list?
GOOGLE'S grand plan to bring iMessage-style texts to Android has a new name, but it's still lacking one crucial feature. The big G has been tinkering with the rebranded "Chat" service – which bundles regular texts with messages sent over Wi-Fi, mobile data, and potentially through other apps – for a few years now. But despite the added scrutiny over data protection in the wake of the Facebook privacy scandal, Google somehow thought it OK to skimp on encryption. Whereas iMessages shared between iOS users are end-to-end encrypted (meaning the contents of your chats are scrambled to block out outsiders, including Apple), Google's Chat service will be stored in a readable format on your mobile network's servers. That means governments could request and access your data. What is end-to-end encryption?It's available by default on WhatsApp, but how does the privacy feature work? Encryption stops unauthorised access to your data, from emails to WhatsApp chats, by locking down … [Read more...] about Google Chat is like Apple iMessage for Android phones – but it’s got one major flaw
WHATSAPP is one of the worst offenders among data-chomping apps. And in the absence of a lightweight version of the messaging platform (in the vein of Facebook Lite), it may seem like you have to put up with its hungry ways. Fortunately, you don't. Just follow these three simple tips to stop the bloated app from pushing you over your data limit, costing you extra dosh in the process.Stop WhatsApp from auto-downloading large media files Have a peek at the WhatsApp album in your smartphone's photo gallery to check how many pics and videos the app has downloaded from your chats. If it's a lot, you're probably due a clean-up. Just delete the ones you don't want to free up some storage. But if you want to ensure that the app doesn't keep zapping your data, you'll have to put a stop to those downloads altogether. To do this, open WhatsApp and tap the menu icon at the top left, and select Settings. Then select Data and Storage Usage. Here you'll see a Media auto-download section with three … [Read more...] about How to stop WhatsApp eating up all your phone data allowance