WhatsApp will start sharing data with its parent company Facebook shortly, in spite of the promises the company made when it was first acquired. Facebook will get access to your phone number and other data so that it can deliver better friend suggestions… and serve targeted ads. But you’ll be able to opt out and stop WhatsApp from sharing any of your info with Facebook. In this post, we’ll tell you exactly how to do it. More →
WhatsApp users were rattled more than two years ago when they heard Facebook was ready to pay $19 billion to buy the popular messaging app. The worry was that WhatsApp will share data with Facebook, which would learn even more details about you. At the time, WhatsApp made it clear that something like that won’t happen. But as it turns out, WhatsApp lied. More →
If you’re looking for fully encrypted chat apps, then WhatsApp is one app to consider. Installed by more than one billion users, the app offers end-to-end encryption, which means that nobody can access your chats and calls history without having access to your device. However, a security researcher discovered that WhatsApp doesn’t protect your privacy as good when it comes to deleted chats or chats that were backed up. While that sounds like a bad thing, meaning that anyone could theoretically access them (again, physical access to your device is still needed), you shouldn’t freak out about it just yet. More →
I spend a significant portion of my day swapping between messaging apps: Slack for work, Facebook Messenger for friends in the US and WhatsApp for friends abroad. It can be frustrating at times, but at this point, it’s simply part of my routine. But what if it didn’t have to be? What if I could have them all in one place?
Introducing: All-in-One Messenger.
Much has been written about ISIS using encrypted devices to plan and coordinate highly sophisticated terror attacks in the western world as well as in other countries, many close to what ISIS calls home. The organization may indeed use encrypted programs for communications, though reports detailing the recent incidents in Paris proved that’s not the main way attackers communicated. As it turns out though, they do use these apps for at least one horrific purpose: To communicate about selling sex slaves.
One of the most popular cross-platform messaging app around, Facebook’s WhatsApp, is about to get a whole lot better. A new report says that a beta version of the app comes with a bunch of new features that users might appreciate. More →
WhatsApp has recently announced that all its chats are protected by end-to-end encryption, meaning that only the sender and receiver will be able to read the messages in a conversation. Telegram offers end-to-end encryption too in secret chats. But hackers can read WhatsApp and Telegram conversations with relative ease if they wanted to, and that’s all without breaking encryption. More →
Video calling has been the big capability missing from WhatsApp’s repertoire in the past, but it looks like that is all about to change. Over the weekend, a “Video Calling” option started popping up for beta testers, hinting that a full release of the feature is coming.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about video calling coming to WhatsApp. Last year, leaked screenshots showed the feature being tested in a version of the iOS app, and WhatsApp has also been requesting translations for the term “Video Calling,” indicating a worldwide rollout is anticipated for the app’s billion users.
WhatsApp has been a smartphone-only messaging program for ever, but that changes today. There’s now desktop clients for both Windows and OS X, in addition to the months-old web client.
This doesn’t reflect some giant change for WhatsApp — the desktop clients just mirror what’s on your phone. In other words, you need your phone powered on and running the WhatsApp app to send and receive messages. You scan a QR code on the desktop app with your smartphone, and what you see on your laptop is a reflection of the WhatsApp app on your phone, complete with sent messages and chats.
Ted Lieu is one of the few bona fide computer geeks in Congress. Even if you didn’t already know the California Democrat is one of only four congressmen (out of a total of 535) with a computer science degree, it’s the kind of thing that quickly becomes apparent when talking to the Stanford grad about a range of privacy and encryption matters.
For starters, he recently downloaded and started using WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging platform that earlier this month defaulted to end-to-end encryption for all users. He’s not only a supporter of strong encryption without backdoors — Lieu considers it “a national security priority.” More →
The FBI took on Apple and lost, but it’s still looking for ways to persuade tech companies to give it back doors to encrypted devices. However, the extra attention the encryption debate received in the past few weeks won’t work in the FBI’s favor. The most recent service to announce end-to-end encryption is WhatsApp, Facebook’s most popular messaging app. More →
Earlier this week, Facebook announced that its WhatsApp messenger app now has more than one billion users, an impressive number considering that Facebook Messenger has less than that (over 800 million).
While some users may have intimate knowledge of the way WhatsApp works, others might be new to the chat app. If you’re one of them, the following 15 tips and tricks should come in handy.