Safety tips for WhatsApp group managers

Hackers are not only hacking peoples lines but now they also hack a whole group page completely.

Once they succeed in doing that, they will immediately remove all the Admins and thereby become the only Admin of the page. In such situation, it is either you remain with their fraudulent posts or you start the process of creating a new platform thereby losing all the information you had in the former.

So, ask anyone who is an admin to any WhatsApp group to quickly do the following now before it is too late.

WhatsApp Group Security Tips

As an Admin, u need to be one step ahead of the Group Hackers/Hijackers.

Press the 3 dots on the upper side of your Group chat.

Next:
* Go to group info
* Go to Group setting
* Go to edit Group info
*Tap on only Admins can set.
Then tap on ok.

That’s it, the Group is good and safe from Admin hijackers…

Please take note and effect this steps if you are an Admin on any social media platform, including WhatsApp and Facebook to ensure safety of the identity (and private data) of your group members–which is very important and should not be ignored.

WhatsApp introducing new fingerprint authentication software

How to protect your WhatsApp account from hackers

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Hackers are not as smart as you think, and they will never steal your WhatsApp passwords, credit card information or private details if you understand their tricks.  

WhatsApp has now come a very long way; from being a simple chat app to one of the most popular messaging apps, and the company keeps on infusing new features to maintain high security standards that prioritize user’s privacy. Fully encrypted messaging software has been the answer.

Following Facebook’s recent issues with user’s privacy, WhatsApp says security will remain one of its core features. But despite using secure end-to-end encryption and two-step verification process, the chat app has been vulnerable to attacks from hackers who often find ways to steal users’ passwords. Loss of data has, in most cases, proved more expensive and dehumanizing, particularly when private videos or pictures are at stake.

Tech experts confirm that hackers can gain access to your WhatsApp data by various means such as WhatsApp web or registering your number on another device.

Though it is true that you cannot use a WhatsApp number on two different smartphones at the same time, hackers have a way of spying on your personal chats. And it is very easy. They can break your security walls by scanning WhatsApp Web QR code. This gives them unhindered access to your WhatsApp conversation from anywhere in the world. Yet, this will never happen until the criminal gains physical access to your smartphone.

To know if your WhatsApp has been hacked or is active on another smartphone, all you need to do is click on the three dots located at the top right corner of WhatsApp window. After that, go to WhatsApp Web to see the list of all open sessions.

From WhatsApp Web, you will find all devices (phones or computers) linked to your WhatsApp account.

If in the process you found “This phone could not be verified,” it means your WhatsApp security has suffered a breach and someone has accessed your account from an unknown device.

In addition, hackers can sniff in your WhatsApp conversations with the help of some third-party software but unsuspecting users should desist from using unknown WiFi connections and ensure they always sign out of all active WhatsApp Web session found in the WhatsApp Web list.

Hackers are reportedly using their unique MAC address to obtain passwords and private data when you connect to free WiFi. However, if you suspect a breach of your privacy, quickly deactivate your account by e-mailing the issue to support@whatsapp.com

Importantly, you will need to reactivate the account with a new password within 30 days or risk having your account deleted permanently. You can also add an extra layer of security to your WhatsApp account via WhatsApp Account settings.

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum explains why he left Facebook

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum fell out with Facebook (the parent company) over efforts aimed at weakening WhatsApp’s encryption in order to use its data in monetizing over 1.5bn users.

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Image: Jan Koum

Jan Koum, the co-founder of WhatsApp sold his firm to Facebook in 2014 for $19bn and has now found cogent reasons to quit the social networking company over privacy issues.

Media reports also confirm the billionaire founder is planning to step down from Facebook’s board of directors.

It appeared all bonhomie on Koum’s Facebook page, where he explained that he will be “taking some time off to do things I enjoy outside of technology.”

Koum had been showing up less frequently at Facebook’s offices before this announcement, Silicon Republic wrote. It is understood that when Facebook bought the company in 2014, Acton and Koum promised users that there would be no ads interrupting their communication.

Nonetheless, the battle took new dimensions since the Cambridge Analytica affair emerged in March. The situation was worsened by #DeleteFacebook campaigns.

“It’s been almost a decade since Brian and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey with some of the best people,” he started in the Facebook post.

“But it is time for me to move on. I’ve been blessed to work with such an incredibly small team and see how a crazy amount of focus can produce an app used by so many people all over the world.

“I’m leaving at a time when people are using WhatsApp in more ways than I could have imagined.”

Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO) commented on the post saying, “Grateful for everything you’ve done to help connect the world and and for everything you’ve taught me, including about encryption and its ability to take power from centralized systems and put it back in people’s hands.

“Those values will always be at the heart of WhatsApp.”

WhatsApp recorded a net loss of $232.5 million in the first half of 2014 but has been the highest profile acquisition for Facebook.

However, Whatsapp’s walk between privacy and profits has been an obstacle to strong revenue streams from its hundreds of millions of users.

China blocks Whatsapp And Wechat in a massive crackdown on Liu Xiaobao’s Posthumous Popularity

Liu Xiaobao, one of China’s most popular dissidents who died earlier in July, has sent a meltdown around the country, sparking suspicions that the recent usage problem with popular social media messaging apps –Wechat and Whatsapp — could mean the apps have been blocked just like Google, Twitter and Facebook.

In the aftermath of Xiaobao’s death in prison, sympathizers swarmed the Whatsapp for text and picture sharing, following rumors that the government was intercepting and deleting all shared messages commemorating the Noble Laureate’s death.

Image: Liu Xiaobao

Most netizens have complained that they’re having difficulties accessing Whatsapp in China. A large number of internet users say they’re finding it difficult to send or receive texts and pictures through the app.

Speculations have it that the Chinese authorities may have applied its Great Firewall, the country’s most-powerful internet control tool, to curb Xiaobao’s posthumous popularity.

“The Communist Party thinks because there is no tombstone we can not commemorate Liu Xiaobo, but in fact the whole sea has become a place where we can be close to him,” said Hu Jia, an activist and longtime friend.

Whatsapp proved useful because it offers end-to-end encryption which makes spying a hard nut to crack for the Chinese government.

Nonetheless, affected users are not only mourning the activist’s death, but lamenting the loss of privacy and rights to freedom of expression.

“so even WhatsApp is not working properly in this country 🙂 can’t send/receive pix.
very well, god saves u, no, godspeed u,” writes Yh Zhu @scattercran on Twitter.

@chinaorgcn asked, “does the great firewall now cover Whatsapp too because it has not been working since yesterday evening ???”

anyone know what happened to whatsapp in China?

According to Citizen Lab, an internet monitoring project at the University of Toronto, said images related to Xiaobo were blocked in private messages, group chats and on WeChat’s Moments feed following his death.

“Chinese social media companies receive greater government pressure around critical or sensitive events,” said Citizen Lab.

“Our findings document a significant shift in censorship after Liu Xiaobo’s death.”

Xiaobao was also blocked from China’s most popular indigenous messaging app Weibo.

A censorship researcher named Charlie Smith spoke with the Associated Press saying, it was expected that Whatsapp would be blocked by the government in order to force people back to using the unencrypted and monitored app Wechat.

Xiaobao was awarded a prize for his long and non-violent struggle to defend human rights in China.

The 61-year-old was a writer and literary critic; he was jailed as a political prisoner in Jinzhou, Liaoning.

However, on 26 June, 2017, he was granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. He died barely one three weeks later in hospital on 13 July 2017.

The political figure was first imprisoned between 1989 to 1991 after he returned to China on completing his university education abroad. His incarceration was for supporting the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

He was later imprisoned between 1995 to 1996, and again between 1996-1999 for getting involved with democracy and human rights movements.

Xiaobao, the third person to ever receive the Peace Prize as a prisoner, was tried in court for his political beliefs on 23 December 2009.

Pronounced guilty as charged, he bagged an 11-year jail term with two years of his political rights withdrawn on 25 December 2009.

In order to bury Xiaobao’s political ideas, the Chinese government claims his ashes were cast into the ocean, a claim which has since sparked further protests from other “endangered” activists in the country.

Memorials in honor of the deceased has lasted over 7 days, a clear sign on the citizens’ suppressed agitations against President Xi Jinping’s autocratic government.

How chat apps affect English language

English language has suffered the most since smartphones and chat apps became a household name everywhere around the world.

To prove this fact, here’s a conversation between Mike and Dora on WhatsApp. Enjoy!

*Mike :* Hi dear.
*Dora :* ✋
*Mike :* How are you .??
*Dora :* 😊👍
*Mike :* Missing me..?
*Dora :* 😜😉
*Mike :* I’m not feeling well…
*Dora :* 😱
*Mike :* How was your day..?
*Dora :* 👌
*Mike :* Are you busy.??
*Dora :* ✔
*Mike :* Why ?? What are you doing ??
*Dora:* 💄💅
*Mike :* Is there anyone near you..?
*Dora :* ❌
*Mike :* Why don’t you reply in words? Why are you using smiley faces?
*Dora :*- 😥😡
*Mike :* I heard you failed in English?
*Dora:* Who telled you ? It is unpossible.. I went to saw the resalt yestathey… I Passed away all my educations
*Mike :* Hmmm lets go back to smileys pls 😳😳😳
*Dora:*- ok dear, God blast u.

😂😂😂😂😂 Don’t laugh alone, remember there is love in sharing…

Heard of Visiobibliophobia?

Visiobibliophobia is among the many ***phobias we hear in our everyday lives. Coined by some good-thinking scientists – maybe – visiobibliophobia refers to the fear of social media which include but not only facebook.

When someone suffers from visiobibiophobia, they get worried about their social media, checking it over and over again, taking selfies and posting them online, snapping nude pictures, sexting and texting all day even while driving. They are so addicted to these habits because they don’t want to miss the joy of not doing so.

In this way, people suffering from visiobibliophobia won’t admit it’s a bad habit. If it’s fun, brings money and fame, how can it be wrong?

You can just cure this phobia by just deleting your accounts and leaving your smart phone or computer alone.

Kim Kardashian North West, Kanye Snapchat

Kim Kardasian is undoubtedly suffering from this phobia but young North West isn’t giving in to that addiction. She hates snapchat.  In fact she hates to see Kim twist face and mouth, stick out tongue or pose naked for the world to see.

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