News tagged: WhatsApp
Facebook has been hit with a $122 million fine from the European Commission due to the company misleading regulators about its WhatsApp acquisition. The network has been under investigation since changing its terms in 2016 to let Facebook link profiles to WhatsApp accounts.
A malicious website pretending to be associated with WhatsApp is spreading adware. It's located at "whatsapp.com," yet the characters are replaced with those from the Cyrillic alphabet, making it easier to appear legitimate. The URL could definitely trick people.
Peer-to-peer payments may be added to WhatsApp in India in the coming months. The Ken reports the messaging service will introduce that feature within six months. WhatsApp is reportedly speaking with the government about working with the country's UPI system.
Calls for backdoors in the encryption used by messaging apps like WhatsApp have become louder in the UK following a recent attack in London. UK home secretary Amber Rudd says it's "completely unacceptable" that the government cannot read all end-to-end encrypted messages.
WhatsApp is reversing course to bring back its previous text statuses. Although it'll continue offering its newer Snapchat Stories-like Statuses, users will be able to set an About Status through the About section of their profile. It'll continue building its newer Statuses.
A security flaw in the web version of WhatsApp exposed "hundreds of millions" of accounts to hackers, according to a report from Check Point. The flaw allowed an account to be taken over through a single malicious message. The same flaw was found in Telegram.
Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp now has over 200 million active users in India, which remains the largest single market for the app. In November, WhatsApp had about 160 million active users in the region. WhatsApp is looking for other expansion options in India.
Facebook's WhatsApp is taking a page from Snapchat's playbook as well. The messaging app has been updated with a feature that's quite similar to Snapchat and Instagram's Stories. It allows you to put up a photo or video that'll be visible to friends for 24 hours.
Two-step verification has rolled out for everyone on WhatsApp, allowing users to make their accounts more secure. The feature was previously found in a beta, but now it's out for all on iOS, Android, and Windows. It's an entirely optional feature in the settings area.
Friends may soon be able to share their location with each other in WhatsApp. The latest beta of the app includes a real-time location sharing feature called "Live Location Tracking." It lets you turn on sharing for a specified period of time (1, 2, or 5 minutes.)
Facebook's WhatsApp is facing a lawsuit in Germany from a watchdog group that claims the messaging app is violating user privacy and trust. The lawsuit deals with the app's practice of collecting data and sharing it with Facebook, which was announced in August 2016.
References to two requested features have been found in the latest WhatsApp beta. WhatsApp beta 2.17.25 mentions features for recalling messages and editing them. A screenshot shared by WABetaInfo shows how the recall feature appears and that editing is present.
WhatsApp for iOS has added offline messaging. The feature allows users to queue messages when they aren't connected so that they send automatically when a connection is regained. Users will be able to select "send" on multiple messages when they're offline.
While WhatsApp might have denied the existence of a backdoor for intercepting and reading messages, that doesn't mean the security issue isn't present. According to the company, the code in question is a feature that ensures messages don't get lost, but the latest video shows
A report in The Guardian claiming there's a "backdoor" in WhatsApp that could allow messages to be intercepted and read is being refuted by the Facebook-owned messaging service. According to the original report, security researcher Tobias Boelter found the vulnerability.
GIF searches are now supported in WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned messaging app lets users look for images that can then be shared with contacts. It has also boosted the max media sharing limit from 10 to 30 image files at once. Both features are currently in a beta.
Malicious files have been found on WhatsApp that may be targeted at members of India's security forces. Press Trust of India reports the files include the names of NDA and NIA, two important government agencies. Warnings have gone out to military and police personnel.
Some older handsets no longer work with WhatsApp, one of the world's biggest messaging apps. For the new year, the Facebook-owned service has cut out support for phones running Android 2.2 Froyo or older, iOS 6 or older, and Windows Phone 7 or older.
Facebook may have misled regulators at the European Commission during its acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014. The Commission alleges the social network was dishonest when it claimed linking accounts between the services wouldn't be possible. Linking was added earlier this year.
Smartphones are improving each day, but not everyone needs to upgrade their phones every year or two and some would hold out for even longer. However, if you're using WhatsApp on an older phone and would like to continue using it, you will have to change your smartphone.