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15 Secret WhatsApp Features That Everyone Should Know About

15 Secret WhatsApp Features That Everyone Should Know About

15 Hidden Whatsapp Features That You Didn’t About

Whatsapp has made our lives so much easier with its instant messaging service that most of us remain its loyal users. Not only did it make text messaging and BBM obsolete but it also became an alternative to social media for a lot of people, so much so, that social media giant Facebook had to acquire it for 19 billion dollars. The app comes with a ton of features, a lot of which is probably not known to you. Find out about all the secret Whatsapp features that you’ve been missing out on.

15 Secret Whatsapp features

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  1. Discover Who You Talk to the Most

If you’re an iOS user, head to Settings > Account > Storage Usage.

  1. Stop Other People From Reading Your Pop-up Notification

On iOS go to Settings > Notifications > Show Preview. Add password through third party apps on Android.

  1. Use Whatsapp Web on Your Computer

Open web.whatsapp.com on computer and scan the QR code with your phone camera. Alternatively, download the desktop app. Use it to transfer files through self-message by creating a group with a single friend and then deleting the person.

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  1. Reply without Opening the App

Android users can go to Settings > Notifications > Popup notification and select Always show popup.

  1. Get Homescreen Shortcuts for Specific Chats

Long press a chat and select Add conversation shortcut on Android phones.

  1. Choose Who Can See Your Profile Picture

Head to Settings > Account > Privacy > Profile photo.

  1. Broadcast Messages without Them Knowing

Go to Chats > Broadcast Lists > New List > Add Contacts. Write your messages and send them. Whatsapp _3

  1. Avoid Blue Ticks

Don’t open messages and dismiss notifications. Turn off Wifi and data and open the app to read messages. Close the app and turn the internet on. If you don’t want this Whatsapp feature at all, go to Settings > Account > Privacy > turn off Read receipts.

  1. Write Messages in Bold, Italics and Strikethrough

Add * on both sides of a word for *Bold*. Add _ on both sides of a word for _Italics_. Add ~ on both sides of a word for ~Strikethrough~.

  1. Control Data Usage and Stop Auto-Download of Pictures and Videos

Go to Settings > Data Usage and turn on Low data usage. From Data usage options, you can also control auto-download of media.

  1. Stop Strangers in Groups from Reading Your Personal Info

Head to Settings > Account > Privacy. Restrict Last seen, Status and Profile photo to My Contacts.  Whatsapp_4

  1. Automatically Add dates to Calendar

iOS users can tap and hold dates within chats and select Create event to directly add an event on their calendars.

  1. Get Special Notifications from Certain Contacts

Go to Chats and open a chat from the person. Tap on contact name and select Custom notifications.

  1. Bookmark or Star Messages

Tap and hold the message and then press the star symbol.

  1. Read a Chat and then Mark Unread

Android users tap and hold the chat to Open Menu and Mark as Unread.

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Facebook F8: Four Things Worth Your Attention

Facebook F8: Four Things Worth Your Attention

Facebook F8 – Major areas focused at the conference

At a recent conference of Facebook F8, CEO and some other executive members of the company have made some significant declarations. Though the target of these announcements is mainly at the team of developers, the users may also find them to be valuable.

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Facebook Takes New Steps to Stop ‘Revenge Porn’ Images From Spreading

Facebook Takes New Steps to Stop ‘Revenge Porn’ Images From Spreading

The most famous social media in the world is not safe even. Facebook comes with the largest number of users in the world but it has also not been able to get away from the shackles of porn or porn images that get reposted. Well, it is a matter of utter shame and Facebook is taking steps to counter the scam. It has put many people lives in danger as well it is an embarrassing issue for the celebrities as well. So Facebook cam e up with a new process that would prevent the users from posting the images related to intimate scenes without the permission from the subject.

THE TRACKING

Well, certainly you are violating the law if you are posting something related to porn or the new scenario that is revenge porn. Facebook has started taken measure. The main reason is that one can’t just simply post revenge porn on the social media platform. Facebook has started identifying the images which are related to the revenge porn issues. The social media is trying its best to get the matter sorted and so that the users can enjoy a smooth usage on Facebook. Well, the major problems lie within the victims who fall an easy prey to the revenge porn. Sometimes, it becomes quite difficult to get the images removed from the profile and it becomes an embarrassing issue for both the user and the viewers of Facebook.

THE SOFTWARE

Well, it is now a burning issue for the most used social media to get the bug fixed. Hence, Facebook came up with a photo matching software which will prevent the images to be reposted if it has been removed or previously reported. Like this, an alert will be generated stating that the policies of Facebook have been violated. Post this, the action would be stopped to share the content.

 

THE COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Well, keeping an eye on all these is a daunting task. The social media have to face all this and as a matter of fact we the users have to face the consequences. The social media have stated that posting revenge porn violates the community standards. So the social media including Twitter have launched a support to make it illegal to share or post such horrible images.

THE VICTIMS

Well, the report states that 4 % of the US which match up to 10.4 million people have been the subject of victims of revenge porn. However, not only this, they have to bear the brunt of getting threatened also with indecent images. Such lewd images have put the users in a shameful position. The incident with regards to the sharing of the nude pics of the female Marines without their permission created a great. The news circulated heavily and the users or the normal people wanted to have the issues get cleaned up on the Facebook. However, this is still a patchwork. So they have to come up with a solution. Recently, Facebook came up with a new procedure to report the process behind the scenes. The users can report the issues by just clicking on the link of “report”.

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Backdoor access to WhatsApp? Rudd’s call suggests a hazy grasp of encryption

Backdoor access to WhatsApp? Rudd’s call suggests a hazy grasp of encryption

Is there going to be a backdoor access to WhatsApp soon?

The end to end encryption created by the popular messaging app “Whatsapp” seems to be “completely unacceptable” to the British government. Home secretary Amber Rudd has requested the tech companies to find backdoors to this end-to-end encryption of Whatsapp so that terrorists find no safe place to hide. The advent of the social media has given birth to several private chat boxes for people to converse. Most of these have take security measures to respect the privacy of the users.

While it has led to more secured socializing over the internet, it has also given a secured platform for antisocial activities. This is where the debate begins between the privacy of the users and the security of the nations.

Two years ago, when Paris suffered the brutal attack on Charlie Hebdo office, David Cameron had suggested that the government and the intelligent agencies should be invested with the legal power to have access to the encrypted conversations of terrorists over messaging apps and social media. Similar requests have been made to Whatsapp following the attack in Westminster for the sake of the safety of the country.

The tussle between government and the tech companies

None of the parties is ready to leave an inch in this struggle over security and privacy. While the government wants easy access into the conversations to able to track terrorist attacks and planning of suspected people through these messaging apps, the tech companies have strongly refused to compromise with the privacy given by them to the users. There has been a long going debate and legal struggle over this issue of privacy versus security.

Among recent examples that can be cited, the San Bernardino shooter’s case is the most relevant in this matter. The FBI wanted iPhone company to help them find access to the shooter’s iPhone but the company was just not ready to let go of the security of their system which could in turn jeopardize with the privacy of other users.

The struggle continued till FBI found another way to hack into the iPhone of the shooter and let go of their demands from the iPhone company. The information stored in the shooter’s phone was extracted by officials with the help of an unnamed group.

Backdoor leaves a way for exploitation

If there’s a backdoor for security reasons, there are high chances of misuse too. If the conversation over Whatsapp or other social media is not encrypted it simply implies that it is not secure. There cannot be a backdoor only meant for moral or legalized use.

If there is legislation for backdoor access to encrypted conversations over social media, it means that every time you chat with someone you may be under legal surveillance and your privacy may be at stake. This also leaves the door open for widespread control over private lives of people. There may also be high chances that cyber criminals misuse this backdoor access technique to violate your privacy.

While some feel that it is a matter of national security and doing away with end-to-end encryption is worth it for the sake of being safe, others opine that it is a direct approach over controlling people’s lives. At present, this never-ending debate is at its peak with the hope that there would soon be a way to selectively break encryption of terrorist conversations.

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How to Post Multiple Photos in Instagram

How to Post Multiple Photos in Instagram

Smart Way To Post Multiple Photos In Instagram

It is widely believed that a picture can say much more than the words which mean more pictures will help in saying more. In the technologically advanced and highly socially active online world we can’t live without sharing pictures online. Instagram rose to fame with its ability to share stories in form of pictures but uploading more than one picture isn’t a simple task for the users. Instagram has brought an update which will allow users to showcase their pictures in the form of slideshows for the first time. Here in users can post up to ten pictures to appear as slideshow.

Earlier when users posted more than one picture then appeared as a single picture in the feed but it had a row of dots just under the picture to signify exactly how many photos are there. Swiping left or right of the picture helped in checking out all the pictures present in that post. Since it is a single post with multiple picture therefore all the likes and comments tends to apply on the whole post.

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Step 1: The ability to post slideshow in Instagram is available in the update version 10.9 of iOS and Android. Users can go the App Store or Play Store to download and apply the update to their Instagram app.

Step 2: In the app press on the Plus sign present right at the bottom of the screen to add the photos. Once you get to the photo window then give a tap on the Boomerang and Layouts icon. Now you will find a ‘Select Multiple’ button. Give a tap on it.

Step 3: Now you can select as many as 10 photos or even videos from your camera roll or taken instantly from the Instagram. If you want the pictures or videos to appear in different order then you can do it by looking at the little number given to each photo right at the bottom. Instagram_2

Step 4: Once you are fully satisfied with the photos then give a click on the ‘next’ option present right at the top corner of the screen and it will take you to the editing screen. The filters will be applied to all the images or videos in a single go by selecting it from the bottom. In case you want to add different filter to pictures or videos independently then it is also possible from here.

Step 5: Rearranging the photos or videos is simple. It can be done by simply holding and dragging the picture from the left or right or they can even be removed by holding and dragging the said photo to the bin icon. In case you wish to add more then give a click on the plus button.

Step 6: Once you are fully satisfied with the slideshow then apply a caption and location to whole post and let it show.

The only shortcoming of this feature is that it keeps all the pictures and videos present in the slideshow in square shape.

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