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WhatsApp adds fingerprint lock feature to guard your chats on iPhones

WhatsApp adds fingerprint lock feature

Now protect your WhatsApp chats on iPhones with the new fingerprint lock feature, here’s how

Most of us lock our smartphones devices with a password so that we can protect our data and privacy. However, once the device is unlocked, not only your data but also your private chats sent on social media apps are accessible by anyone.

WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging platform that uses end-to-end encryption to protect chats, has gone a step further to add an additional layer of security. WhatsApp has added a fingerprint lock feature to its chats that users will have to use to authenticate the app every time they want to check WhatsApp chats.

WhatsApp has rolled out its latest authentication or unlock feature for all beta users on iOS, which is available in the new 2.19.20.19 beta update published through TestFlight beta program. This fingerprint lock feature is added to the WhatsApp application on the iPhone.

According to WABetainfo who first spotted the feature, say that while users can use FaceID unlock feature on devices such as iPhone X or newer, TouchID or passcode is available for iPhones with a fingerprint sensor.

So, how can one enable this feature? Users can start using the authentication feature by going to WhatsApp settings, choosing Screen Lock and then starting the authentication feature for their devices. Enabling of the feature will not prevent users from replying to messages from the locked screen and also allow them to answer WhatsApp calls without the authentication.

Users will have to configure the TouchID or FaceID unlock feature on WhatsApp. Once the configuration is done, users need to shut down the app and restart it again. In order to use WhatsApp, users will have to authenticate their identity.

In the event, the iPhone fails to detect the user’s identity through TouchID, he or she can open WhatsApp by using the iPhone password. The FaceID works for iPhone X, and newer. Once the authentication or fingerprint lock feature is enabled, WhatsApp displays an empty view and not the preview snapshot in the background.

WhatsApp will not get any of the user’s biometric data, as the fingerprint and facial data will remain encrypted in the phone, which means that enabling the fingerprint unlock feature for WhatsApp is safe to use.

The new feature is expected to be immediately enabled in the next 2.19.20 App Store update.

Source: wabetainfo

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How To Read Deleted WhatsApp Messages? [Working 2019]

WhatsApp is possibly the most popular messaging application that is used by millions of users across the globe. A while ago, WhatsApp introduced the ability to delete sent messages within an hour. Instead of the actual message, WhatsApp displays “This message was deleted.” 

Ability to delete WhatsApp messages is definitely useful in many instances. That said, there are instances when you accidentally delete important messages.

Well, if you are curious to read those deleted messages then this article might help you. So here’s how to read deleted messages from WhatsApp.

ALSO READ: Facebook to integrate Whatsapp, Messenger and Instagram

WhatsApp Chat Backup

The first and one of the most reliable methods for reading deleted WhatsApp messages is by using WhatsApp chat backup. It is worth noting that, all of your WhatsApp chats are automatically stored in backups.

Generally, the backup process of your WhatsApp messages occurs every night at 2 am by default. So here’s how to use WhatsApp chat backup to restore deleted WhatsApp messages.

  1. Uninstall WhatsApp from your smartphone.
  2. Now re-install WhatsApp directly from Google playstore.
  3. Next up, setup WhatsApp with your credentials.
  4. Lastly, in the “Restore chat history” window click the“Restore” button.

All of your chats including the deleted messages on WhatsApp will be automatically restored using WhatsApp chat backup.


Notification Managing Applications

The next best way to read deleted WhatsApp messages is by using third-party notification managing applications.

If you have enabled notifications for WhatsApp messages then a third-party app can easily restore deleted messages. Though third-party apps require access to all of your notifications for proper functioning.

These applications rely on the notification log for restoring deleted messages. Additionally, third-party notification managing applications can only restore messages if you have interacted with notification.

So these were two simple methods to see deleted WhatsApp messages. Do share any other trick that you use to see deleted WhatsApp messages in the comments section below.

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Beware! WhatsApp Gold feature is just a hoax

WhatsApp Gold update is fake

Don’t download WhatsApp Gold, as it’s a scam; here’s what you need to do

Look who’s back – the WhatsApp Gold feature – that had become viral in 2016. This feature tricked users into downloading ‘WhatsApp Gold’, an apparently ‘exclusive’ version of the app, on their smartphones which was actually a malware through a given link. Apparently, the WhatsApp Gold scam has resurfaced and started circulating on the internet.

While the original scam fooled users to install malware in the form of ‘WhatsApp Gold’, the new scam is in the form of a message warning users about a virus. The said video “Martinelli” will reportedly install malware in the user’s phone and hack it within 10 seconds of viewing the downloaded video.

The hoax message shared by WhatsApp users read, “Today the radio was talking about WhatsApp Gold and it is true. There is a video that will be released tomorrow on WhatsApp and is called Martinelli. Do not open it. Enter your phone and nothing you do will fix it. Spread the message if you know someone. If you receive a message to update Whatsapp Gold Do not open it! They just announced that the virus is serious. Send it to everyone.”

The message also warns users about a real WhatsApp Gold scam in order to make the message more genuine. However, nothing such as ‘Martinelli’ video exists, nor does the message have any download link to malicious sites. Although there were cases of the WhatsApp Gold scam, the Martinelli video is purely a hoax.

It is important to note that WhatsApp Plus and WhatsApp Gold are not applications developed by WhatsApp. Also, WhatsApp installs updates automatically through the app itself and not through download links. Hence, if users are receiving requests to manually install an update, it is suggested to ignore and delete such messages immediately.

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WhatsApp Web: How To Use On PC [ Easy Steps ]

In less than a decade WhatsApp has become the most popular communication application. WhatsApp has more than 1.5 billion active users, and around 60 billion messages are sent per day using WhatsApp. Well, WhatsApp is now owned and operated by Facebook.

It is worth noting that WhatsApp is primarily a smartphone-based instant messaging and communication app. That said, WhatsApp can also be used on any Windows, MacOS, and Linux computer using WhatsApp Web.

So here’s everything you need to know about WhatsApp Web.

ALSO READ: How to create your own WhatsApp stickers on Android smartphones

WhatsApp Web: How To Use It On Windows or Mac PC

WhatsApp Web is not a standalone full-fledged web application. In spite, WhatsApp Web is a web client that mirrors your messages from smartphone to your computer’s display.

Consequently, to use WhatsApp Web a supported browser like Google Chrome or Opera coupled with a smartphone that has an active internet connection is required. Lastly, ensure that the latest version of WhatsApp is installed on your smartphone.

Setting up WhatsApp Web is a fairly straightforward process.

  1. Open Google Chrome or Opera and then visit WhatsApp Web
  2. Next up open WhatsApp Web Scanner on your smartphone by tapping on the three-dot menu.
  3. Scan the generated QR code using your phone’s camera.

Once scanned the process is confirmed by haptic feedback on your smartphone. You will instantly see all of your conversations and messages on the display of your computer.


WhatsApp Web: Pros And Cons

Using WhatsApp Web, you can instantly share media files and documents directly from your computer. Furthermore, WhatsApp Web allows users to use a physical keyboard and get new messages and notifications directly on their PC.

As for downsides, you can’t input emoji’s directly from your physical keyboard. Moreover, WhatsApp doesn’t allow users to use two computers or browsers simultaneously. Lastly, you can’t share your live location using WhatsApp Web.

Also Read– Download Instagram For PC

Overall WhatsApp Web is the perfect web client for WhatsApp that offers many nifty features and allows users to always stay connected with WhatsApp.

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How to create your own WhatsApp stickers on Android smartphones

How to create your own WhatsApp stickers on Android smartphones

Create your own custom stickers for WhatsApp, here’s how

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messaging platform, had last week rolled out a new feature of Stickers in the chats for both iOS and Android platform. The Stickers feature allows users to send different stickers while chatting just like its competitors such as Hike Messenger, Telegram, WeChat and more.

WhatsApp rolled out 12 stickers pack for its users in the latest update version 2.18. The users can now view these stickers under a new option in the emoji section of the app called Stickers, which they can share with friends and family on personal and group chats.

“Whether with a smiling teacup or a crying broken heart, stickers help you share your feelings in a way that you can’t always express with words. To start, we’re launching sticker packs created by our designers at WhatsApp and a selection of stickers from other artists,” WhatsApp had said in a blog post.

Additionally, it has also added support for third-party sticker packs to allow users to create their own personal stickers for WhatsApp.

If you want to make things more interesting, you can create your own sticker packs, and then load them onto WhatsApp by following the step-by-step guide below. These stickers can be published on Google Play Store from where they can be downloaded by multiple users.

Before you start, there are two pre-requisites needed to create your own stickers pack: (1) Latest version (2.18) or above of WhatsApp, and (2) Working Internet connection.

  1. Go to Google Play Store for Android and search for an app called ‘Sticker maker for WhatsApp’ by the developer Viko & Co.
  2. Download and install the app on your Android device. Please note that is a third-party app.
  3. Once installed, launch the app, you will see an option called ‘Create a new sticker pack’. It will ask to input details like Stickerpack name and Sticker pack author. You can choose to fill the requested details or totally skip this step. Once you are done, tap the option ‘Create.’
  4. Once done, open the folder/pack you have just created. You will see a ‘tray icon’ (an empty sticker tray) with a capacity of up to 30 stickers. (Note, you will need to add all 30 stickers at once as the pack cannot be edited once published on WhatsApp. Further, you can publish your stickers pack with fewer stickers, but cannot add more to the pack upon publishing.)
  5. Click on the place ‘tray icon’. You will have an option to add a file from your phone storage or click a new one for the sticker pack.
  6. After getting the image, you will have to outline the part of the picture you want in the sticker. Click on the ‘Yes, Save Sticker’ option. Note, you need to add at least three stickers to publish your sticker pack.
  7. Once you are done adding all the stickers, click on the green-color ‘Publish Sticker Pack’ button on the bottom right. It will then give a prompt if you want to add the pack to WhatsApp. Accept it.

After the above process is complete, open WhatsApp and go to the Stickers section by tapping on the Emoji icon from the left of the text box. Choose the Stickers option and look for the stickers you have added. Tap on it to send the stickers you have created with your friends and family.

If you want to create a sticker app which anybody can use, then you need to follow the below instructions given by WhatsApp:

To create your own sticker art, your stickers must meet the following requirements:

* Each sticker is an image that has a transparent background.
* Stickers must be exactly 512×512 pixels.
* Each sticker must be less than 100 KB. See the README files associated with the sample apps for tips on reducing the file size of your stickers.

You must also provide an icon that will be used to represent your sticker pack in the WhatsApp sticker picker or tray. This image should be 96×96 pixels and must be less than 50 KB. See the README files associated with the sample apps for tips on reducing the file size of your tray icon.

In addition to the requirements above, we strongly recommend the following when designing your stickers:

* Stickers will render on a variety of backgrounds, including white, black, colored and patterned. For this reason, we recommend you add an 8-pixel #FFFFFF stroke to the outside of each sticker. View this sample Photoshop (PSD) file.
* There should be a 16-pixel margin between the actual sticker image and the edge of the 512×512 pixel canvas.

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WhatsApp iOS beta open for public; How to download it now

WhatsApp iOS beta open for public; How to download it now

WhatsApp officially launches an iOS public beta, here is how you can download and register

WhatsApp Beta programme that was limited to a few iOS users has now officially been made publicly available to all iOS users, according to a WABetaInfo report who first published this news. In other words, anyone now can register and become a beta tester for WhatsApp on iOS.

How to Install WhatsApp Beta for iOS

To install the WhatsApp for iOS beta version 2.18.102 on your device, iOS users will first need to download TestFlight from App Store. Once downloaded, users need to visit the WhatsApp Messenger beta sign-up page on their iPhone or iPad to get on the list for WhatsApp Beta for iOS. Then, users need to accept the terms and conditions and install the beta app on their device.

Once you click Install, WhatsApp will ask users if they want to replace the current app version with the new Beta version. Select Install and the process will start immediately. According to the report of WABetaInfo, only limited users will be able to sign up for WhatsApp Beta version on iOS, as slots might be limited. Hence, interested iOS users must download it soon.

Once the installation is done, click Open and the user will be redirected to the new WhatsApp Beta app. Users who proceed with installation of the new software will retain their chat history and settings, but it is recommended that users back up their WhatsApp chat history on their device before updating to a new version of the beta.

WhatsApp Beta application for iOS receives updates every two days. This will allow beta users to access upcoming features even before they are rolled out to the public. Also, WhatsApp iOS beta testers can report bugs and issues experienced on the beta build along with a description and screenshot through “Contact Us” page in WhatsApp Settings to notify the company about the bug.

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Whatsapp to start showing ads in status section

WhatsApp ads to start showing in the ‘Status’ feature soon

WhatsApp’s ‘Status’ Feature Will Soon Display Ads

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned company, will start displaying ads alongside its ‘Status’ section, confirmed WhatsApp’s Vice President Chris Daniels on Wednesday.

The move is seen as part of Facebook’s monetization efforts for WhatsApp.

“Around monetization plans for WhatsApp, we already announced that we are going to be putting ads in ‘Status’. So that is going to be a primary monetization mode for the company as well as an opportunity for businesses to reach people on WhatsApp,” WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels said,” Daniels said.

For those unaware, the Status feature is WhatsApp version of Snapchat, Facebook or Instagram stories that allows users to share photos, text, videos, and animated GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. These are only visible to people in the user’s contacts.

WhatsApp, which now has over 1.5 billion users, was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion in 2014. Ever since it dropped the annual subscription fee of $0.99 in 2016, the service has been free for users after their first year of using the app resulting in zero revenue. At the time, WhatsApp also said it would remain ad-free.

Facebook has been planning to monetize the popular messaging service for a long time. According to Daniels, the move to monetize the messaging app will allow businesses to reach WhatsApp users around the globe. It will also help users understand and participate in businesses using the messaging app.

Although Daniels did not give any timeline when the ads on the app will roll-out, it is reported to arrive early next year. Also, there is no clarity on how the ads will function on WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp bug allowed hackers to crash app while answering a video call

WhatsApp bug allowed hackers to crash app while answering a video call

Critical vulnerability that could compromise your WhatsApp account when answering a video call fixed

Although WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption method in messages/calls/video calling, your smartphone could still get hacked by just answering a video call.

This is what was discovered by Natalie Silvanovich,  a security researcher with Google’s Project Zero security research team. She found a severe vulnerability in WhatsApp Messenger that could have given hackers complete remote control of your WhatsApp just by video calling you over the messaging app.

Silvanovich reported the vulnerability to WhatsApp at the end of August this year. The company fixed the same on September 28 in the Android client and on October 3 in the iPhone client.

The vulnerability is a memory heap overflow issue. In other words, it is a “memory corruption bug in WhatsApp’s non-WebRTC video conferencing implementation”. The bug is triggered when a user receives a malformed RTP (Real-time Transport Protocol) packet via a video call, triggering the corruption error and crashing the WhatsApp mobile application.

“This issue can occur when a WhatsApp user accepts a call from a malicious peer,” Silvanovich said in a bug report. “It affects both the Android and iPhone clients.”

Silvanovich also published proof-of-concept code, along with instructions for reproducing the WhatsApp attack. The vulnerability only affects Android and iOS apps, since they use the RTP for video conferencing. On the other hand, WhatsApp Web that depends on WebRTC for video calls was unaffected.

Tavis Ormandy, another Google Project Zero researcher, said that the flaw was serious, as hackers could have completely taken control of your WhatsApp account and spied on your secret conversations.

“This is a big deal. Just answering a call from an attacker could completely compromise WhatsApp,” Ormandy said.

Although the WhatsApp bug has been patched, we recommend WhatsApp users to update to the latest version of the messaging app on Android and iOS.

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WhatsApp confirms backups not encrypted on Google Drive

WhatsApp confirms backups not encrypted on Google Drive

Google Drive will not provide end-to-end encryption protection for WhatsApp backups

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned company, has notified its users that its end-to-end encryption feature for messages and media will not be extended to data stored as a backup on Google’s servers.

The end-to-end encryption feature of WhatsApp ensures that the message that only the sender and the recipient of the message can read what’s sent, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp.

“Media and messages you back up aren’t protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption while in Google Drive,” WhatsApp posted using a note labeled as ‘Important’ on the FAQ section of its official blog.

For those unaware, on August 16th, Google and WhatsApp partnered together to provide WhatsApp users free and unlimited backups storage on Google Drive. Under the new agreement, there will be no restrictions for uploading WhatsApp backups on Google Drive. Also, the backups would not be counted against the Google Drive storage space (15GB) allocated to the user, like it used to do in the past. The new agreement is said to come into effect from November 12, 2018, only for Android users since iOS users use iCloud as the default for chat backup.

In fact, WhatsApp in the past too had clarified that data backed up and stored on Google Drive is not encrypted.

WhatsApp also said that Google will automatically delete all the WhatsApp messages and media that haven’t been updated in more than a year. In order to avoid loss of any backup content, users should back-up their WhatsApp accounts manually before November 12, 2018.

If you wish to back up your WhatsApp chats, here’s how you can do it.

  1. Ensure that you have Google Drive setup on your phone.
  2. Go to WhatsApp, then go to Menu (3 dots on right top) > Settings > Chats > Chat Backup.
  3. Select “Back up to Google Drive” and you will automatically see everything getting backed up to Google Drive.

However, before you get started, ensure that you are connected to Wi-Fi, as WhatsApp backups can be large and may use too much internet data.

On the other hand, Sai Krishna Kothapalli, an independent security researcher, mentioned that backing up chats using Google Drive is completely voluntary and WhatsApp doesn’t compel its users to do so. However, using Google Drive for backing up data is the most convenient method to store important chats, particularly when a user wants to change devices.

“From a privacy perspective (completely discounting convenience) online backups are no good regardless of who the custodian is. While Google does encrypt files on the server side they also ultimately control the keys for those — which can be provided to law enforcement authorities on the basis of a warrant,” Karan Saini, independent security researcher, was quoted as saying by the Economic Times.

Users who are not interested in backing up data, can turn off automatic Google Drive backups by heading over to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > Backup to Google Drive, and changing the setting to ‘Never’.

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WhatsApp users spent 85 billion hours on the app in the past 3 months

WhatsApp users spent 85 billion hours on the app in the past 3 months

People spent 85 billion hours on WhatsApp in the last 3 months

In a shocking revelation, people collectively spent 85 billion hours (3.5 billion days or 9,676,684 years) on WhatsApp in the last 3 months, according to Apptopia, a U.S. based app analytics company. In contrast, people spent only 30 billion hours on its parent company, Facebook, the company says, reports Forbes.

“It’s clear WhatsApp is the global messaging app of choice,” says Apptopia spokesperson Adam Blacker. “Apps having to do with communication take up most of our time spent on our mobile apps.”

Overall, the top 10 apps that people spend time globally are as below:

  1. WhatsApp
  2. WeChat
  3. Facebook
  4. Messenger
  5. Pandora
  6. YouTube
  7. Instagram
  8. Twitter
  9. Google Maps
  10. Spotify

However, this data does not include data from Android stores in China or other regions. What is surprising is the time gap of hours spent between WhatsApp and Facebook, as the latter is always considered to be the app where many people spend most of their time.

Though WeChat took the second place, if we consider outside China four of the top 10 apps by time spent are Facebook’s, which are Messenger, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, according to Apptopia. Also, Google’s apps such as YouTube and Google Maps feature in the top 10 apps by time spent overall.

Among the games, Clash of Clans topped the list with 3.83 billion hours time spent followed by My Talking Tom, Candy Crush Saga, Fortnite, Lords Mobile, Subway Surfers, Helix Jump, Slither.io, PUBG Mobile and Fishdom.

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