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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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Social Media: Tips for Replacing Photo in Facebook Post

Social Media: Tips for Replacing Photo in Facebook Post

The advent of the computer and the internet have paved the way for some of the most illustrious developments in our society and today in almost every product and service there is a bit of digital touch, which is spearheading the development process, with its positive inputs. Today, one can avail the computer technology, apart from desktop and laptop, in tablet and smartphone, which are quite supportive for any potential user to be active in  Social Media.

The most important part of this digital technology is its impact on the data generation of the different category, which revolutionized the communication system in general. In the contemporary world, more than billions of people are using the smartphone, which opened up a vast world in front of them, by allowing the user to get every kind of information and data on his device.

In this process, some other useful options have been cropped up and the development of the Social media is undoubtedly the most prominent of them all. It allows people to interact with the near and dear ones, at the same time; with friends and relatives, residing at a faraway place, maybe in another continent. The Social media has become the most popular options, not only for the younger generation but for the people from other age groups, which allow them to get best moments of their life to be shared with others.

  • It is often found that a potential user of the Social media g. Instagram, Facebook or Whatsapp try to edit or replace a photo that has been uploaded in the profile or in posts. In some cases, it becomes quite a problematic affair to replace an uploaded photo, but with the help of some tips, one can easily get the job done on a positive note. If the photo is uploaded by the user himself than it is not a big issue; he will be able to easily crop or edit the photo or even can go for the complete replacement, but it would not be possible, if the same is being uploaded by the app or by any third party source.
  • While the swapping of a particular photo in the Social media like facebook or Instagram is quite an easy thing, which can be done; just by opening up of the timeline and find the photo that needs to be replaced by other and the process is very simple. But if anybody is considering the editing of the photo it would be a little bit complex issue, which needs to be done with ample care and skill to get the best effect and utility of the picture. In the top right corner of the photo or post, one can find a downward-pointing arrow-like icon and by tapping on that icon, the edit option will be visible; just by tapping the “x”, the existing photo can be removed and after removing the photo, instead of tapping the save button, the intended photo can be chosen to get the replacement and with the saving the entire action got completed.

 

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