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The Encryption of messages by Whatsapp makes it so that 3rd person parties are not privy to your information, but could this also work the other way round?

According to Britain's home Secretary Amber Rudd, Encryption of messages on services such as WhatsApp is “completely unacceptable” in the fight against terror.

She added that Intelligence agencies must have access to the messages and social media sites must do more to police extremist material.

This is subsequent to the incident at Westminster, where terrorist Khalid Masood used WhatsApp seconds before launching Wednesday's attack, but agencies are unable to see what was communicated.

Ms Rudd added that the likes of Google, which runs the social video sharing platform YouTube, and other smaller sites such as WordPress must realise that they are now publishing companies and take more responsibility for taking down extreme material.

In an interview with BBC One she said: "It is completely unacceptable, there should be no place for terrorists to hide.

"We need to make sure that organisations like WhatsApp, and there are plenty of others like that, don't provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other.

"It used to be that people would steam-open envelopes or just listen in on phones when they wanted to find out what people were doing, legally, through warrantry.

"But on this situation we need to make sure that our intelligence services have the ability to get into situations like encrypted WhatsApp."

She added that she would be meeting with some of these companies

"What these companies have to realise is that they are now publishing companies, they are not technology companies, they are platforms and we need to make sure that that (hosting extremist material) stops," she said.

"You are right, we will not resile from taking action if we need to do so."

She added, "I would rather get a situation where we get all these people around the table agreeing to do it.

"I know it sounds a bit like we're stepping away from legislation but we're not.

"What I'm saying is the best people who understand the technology, who understand the necessary hashtags to stop this stuff even being put up, not just taking it down, but stopping it being put up in the first place, are going to be them."

When the last Whatsapp update came around intorducingtheWhatsapp stories feature, many people were mad because while the Whatsapp stories wasn't a bad addition, it was brought in to replace the old favorite Text status.

Users immediately showed their displeasure, rating Whatsapp low on the playstore mostly because of the loss of the text status feature. The feedback has been so overwhelming that Whatsapp have been forced to bring the text feature back with the new update.

To get it all you have to do is 
download the update on your phone, open WhatsApp and tap on the Settings option, head to the “About and phone number” section and set a text status—just as you used to before. You can set a text-based status, or choose from default status options such as Available, Busy and Urgently call only.

With the new update both the Whatsapp stories and the old text based status can be used in tandem or a user can choose the one they prefer.

The re-addition of the basic status feature is now rolling out for the Android devices, and the app update can be downloaded from the Play Store. The same update will be available for Apple’s iPhones soon, though no specific date is available as yet.

There was a huge backlash when the new Whatsapp update came on people's phone, not like they didn't like the addition of a 'Whatsapp stories' feature, they just hated that text-based status updates were removed. 

So with this in mind, Whatsapp have decided to bring back the old feature

According to TechCrunch, the old feature will be back on Android phones as early as next week while iPhone users will get it soon as well.


"We heard from our users that people missed the ability to set a persistent text-only update in their profile, so we've integrated this feature into the 'About' section in profile settings. Now, the update will appear next to profile names anytime you view contacts, such as when creating a new chat or looking at Group info. At the same time, we're continuing to build on the new Status feature that gives people fun and engaging ways to share photos, videos and GIFs with their friends and family throughout their day," said Whatsapp

So what will happen is that the WhatsApp Text Status feature will work just in the same way as it was seen on Android beta version 2.17.95. with users able to set a text WhatsApp Status in the 'About' section which will change only when you want it to. Your contact list will be able to see the Status message by opening your contact, when starting a new chat thread, or viewing group info.

This is not to say the 'Whatsapp stories' feature is going anywhere but will only be housed in another tab. You can add photos and videos that disappear in 24 hours.

I updated my Whatsapp a week ago or so and i got a bunch of new emojis and that was fine, they were actually kind of cute. So you can imagine my surprise when i realized that there was yet another one.

So i wondered, what the heck? What was so new that they wanted to introduce that couldn't wait a couple of months?

Well, i found out soon enough.

It was the status feature and it looks something like this 

Basically just like Instagram stories, you are able to upload status updates which can either be video, photo or gif which basically just shows what you're doing or whatever you want to showcase.

The statuses are just like in Instagram stories where's there's the little bar at the top that steadily goes on indicating the time passed.

It is longer than Instagram stories as you can put up videos that are over 10 seconds long, so you can imagine the applications for that.

This works with your contacts and you can choose who gets to see your status and so on. You can also comment on the status of other people and all that goodness.

As for how to get this...simple, just update your WhatsApp. if it doesn't come automatically, don't fret, just open up your Google Playstore. Check in the 'My Apps' tab, chek out the list of apps that require an update your Whatsapp is bound to be there, Update!

That's it.

Now sit back and enjoy your new Whatsapp feature. it'll be interesting to see how people react to this with Instagram and all.

Whatsapp is secure, or at least that's what we thought until a new revelation came to light which showed that the Facebook-owned chat medium has a security backdoor that can allow Mark Zuckerberg's staff to intercept and read encrypted WhatsApp messages.

According to the Guardian, Tobias Boelter, a cryptography and security researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, said that due to the way WhatsApp has implemented its end-to-end encryption protocol, Facebook can intercept and read users’ messages.

This was in an article which went on to explain how Whatsapp works in terms of security. The report said that WhatsApp’s encryption relies on the "generation of unique security keys," which are traded and verified between users to ensure that communications are secure and cannot be intercepted.


Facebook, it has been revealed, can resend undelivered messages with a new security key, effectively allowing the company to access the 'encrypted' messages without the sender or recipient being aware or able to prevent it from happening. (The sender is alerted after the fact if they have opted into encryption warnings.)

This is of course a big issue in terms of Freedom of speech with the possibility of spying a huge fear here.

According to Boelter, "If WhatsApp is asked by a government agency to disclose its messaging records, it can effectively grant access due to the change in keys," 

The report has been made available to Facebook but nothing has been said yet, so we have no idea what will happen moving forward, but if nothing is done, then one will have to be very careful of their activity on WhatsApp, because you never know who's reading.

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WhatsApp have been rather prolific in bringing in new features recently. Just last week, they launched their video calling feature and now WhatsApp has introduced yet another video related feature. 
What this feature does is let you watch a shared video while it is being downloaded to your phone. At the moment the feature is only available on WhatsApp beta version 2.16.365.
Before now when a video was shared, you had one of two options; either get a download button or automatically download depending on your phone settings. In both situations, however, you could only watch the video once the download is completed. 

Well no more, what happens now is instead of a download button, you see a play button. When you tap the button, the video will start buffering, and you will be able to watch the video while it is being downloaded on your phone. The buffering feature is similar to what you see when watching videos online. 
While It's not the most groundbreaking feature in the world, it does save you time. To use this feature, you will have to download the latest WhatsAppbeta app that you can get on the Play Store. You will however have to first enroll in the company’s beta program. It is likely that WhatsApp would release this feature on the final version soon.
So get on it and save yourself the time you would normally use waiting for a video to download

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WhatsApp video calling is now a thing, yes Whatsapp have now joined the likes of Skype and Facetime with their own video calling feature. It was launched on Tuesday and if you update your Whatsapp you should be able to get it. It is being provided for Android, iPhone, and Windows users. 

Normally all you need to do is update the feature to make your first video call, it could happen though that your iOS or Android device is not set to receive automatic updates, or you are not sure if WhatsApp has been updated, if this is the case, all you have to do is visit the App Store or Google Play and check for available updates.  

If for some reason you don't see the video calling option, or if WhatsApp video calling is not working, or...(groan) WhatsApp video calls are giving you an error message you can take matters into your hands by downloading the WhatsApp beta version APK to see if things work any better.

Below are the steps to getting Whatsapp Video calling on your phone 

  • Open Google Play and search for WhatsApp 
  • Open WhatsApp's Google Play listing 
  • Scroll dow towards the bottom of the page 
  • In the section that says Become a beta tester tap on I'M IN 
  • Confirm on the next screen and wait for a few minutes 
  • Come back to WhatsApp listing page on Google Play 
  • You should see an option to Update WhatsApp to beta version 
  • Update the app 

If that doesn't work for you or you'd rather go another way, you could download the WhatsApp APK that comes with support for video calling (v2.16.354) from a website like APK Mirror or APK Pure. 

Please note that going this route means you know what you're doing if not it'll be better to just wait till the update gets to your phone. 

 With the above you should have no qualms getting whatsapp video calling and start making video calls.

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Facebook's WhatsApp has added a new feature to its plethora of features and that is video calling.
In a highly competitive tech space, apps are trying to one up each other with better updates, features and so on and whatsapp is no different.
With Google duo, Skype and other video call apps, it was only a matter of time before the renown app joined the club. 
Whatsapp now implements free video calling.
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Users will be able to hold one-on-one video calls in addition to voice calls and texts. 
According to Whatsapp's blog "There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad. And we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks,"
The feature will not allow for more than two users at a time and while that might be a bummer, it makes up for it by be available across various platforms.
WhatsApp has not announced a specific day for release. But we're keeping our fingers crossed it'll be pretty soon.

WhatsApp Plus Apk Download - Smartfonefreaks.com

Download it here WhatsApp Plus Apk but before you go ahead here's why WhatsApp Messenger is one of the fastest mobile messaging App in the World, in fact it has taking over traditional SMS. We all know the story that Facebook now owns WhatsApp and are steadily working on it to improve it much better but when it comes to customization, WhatsApp inventors aren't down for that, that's why we have WhatsApp Plus

So what is WhatsApp Plus and who created it ?

WhatsApp Plus was developed by a Spanish developer named Rafelete, this genius wasn't ok with the way WhatsApp security is so he decided to modify the Original WhatsApp which now makes his a third party version.

So what's can WhatsApp Plus do ?

Apart from the normal feature from WhatsApp, with WhatsApp Plus you can use custom themes, Send large files to your friends and some other cool stuffs you might wanna check under the hood.

Haven said that, WhatsApp Plus is a good app and you'll enjoy the hidden features it has. Enjoy your privacy even better!


P.S: This is a third party App and you are responsible for the download. We did not claim WhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus are in partnership. They are two different entities but with the same goal.

Intruder Alert!...Back in 2014 when Facebook bought Whatsapp issues were raised concerning if facebook would be granted permission to access user data.Jan Koum one of Whatsapp founders assured that the deal would not affect the privacy of the million mobile messaging users.

But now they are starting to compromise,as they have granted facebook permission to access or rather intrude the privacy of users.On thursday Whatsapp said that it would begin disclosing the phone numbers and analytics data of its users to Facebook. This will be the first time the messaging service has connected users’ accounts to the social network to share data, as Facebook tries to coordinate information across its collection of businesses.

You might want to ask why the sudden change of privacy policy,here's what whatsapp had to say in a blogspot;

We want to explore ways for you to communicate with businesses that matter to you, too, while still giving you an experience without third-party banner ads and spam,data-sharing would also be used to fight spam text messages across our service.Neither we nor Facebook would be able to read user's’ encrypted messages and individual phone numbers would not be given to advertisers.Users are still required to provide a phone number only to sign up for the service, and can opt out of giving it to Facebook.
Not everyone appreciates this change some people had to react.WhatsApp’s privacy policy overhaul raises concerns about potential legal challenges. Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a privacy advocacy group in Washington, said it would file a complaint on Monday with the Federal Trade Commission to stop WhatsApp from sharing users’ data with Facebook. The group filed a similar case in 2014, citing promises that WhatsApp had made to protect individuals’ privacy.

If this new plan stays effective,Whatsapp would have to reassure users on it's new privacy policy.

WhatsApp had announced that all its chats are protected by end-to-end encryption.

This virtually means 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 according to a set of videos released on Forbes, it seems hackers will be able to read your WhatsApp and Telegram conversations with relative ease if they wanted to. 

The videos show the ease with which WhatsApp and Telegram accounts are hijacked. These chat services use your phone number and that means hackers can take advantage of known flaws in wireless communication standards to defile your privacy.
Specifically, SS7 vulnerabilities are used to trick a telecom operator that the hacker’s phone has the same number as the target. Since WhatsApp is tied to a phone number, all the hacker has to do to get access to someone’s account is to clone the target’s device using these vulnerabilities.
Once a verification code has been obtained from WhatsApp, these hackers will be able to access your WhatsApp messages. They'll even be able to retrieve a history of messages in case they’re backed up to the cloud. 
You can see the videos showcasing the hacks below.

The implications of this are quite serious and it can only be hoped that something is done about it as soon as possible.

If there were early criticisms of Whatsapp, it was the inability to send documents over the platform which was hugely frustrating. 

Now with the release of their desktop app for both Windows and iOS which was pretty cool itself, they have also added the ability to send documents on the desktop app which is even cooler.

The Whatsapp web had earlier been only able to send pictures, videos and the like on the platform, but with the addition of this new feature, there are now no more apparent drawbacks to using the web version of the popular app.

Awesome addition if you ask me...What do you think guys ?

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WhatsApp is arguably the most popular chat application at the moment. They already have a whatsapp web which allows you to keep in touch using your computer after syncing with your phone.

Now they have released a dedicated desktop app. The app is available to Windows and Mac users.

News of the desktop app leaked out early after it was detected by the Twitter accountWABetaInfo, which tracks changes in the service's various clients. 

The company released a blogpost in which it explains some of the features of the new app. Basically it isn't different from Whatsapp web in that it's meant to be an extension of your phone, with synchronized conversations and messages. 

The WhatsApp...app is available for direct downloading and will work perfectly for systems running Windows 8 (or newer) or OS X 10.9 (or newer).

You can read a few of the features from the Whatsapp blogpost.

Facebook owned messaging app Whatsapp is now officially live on laptops and desktop computers.

Few years back alot of users have been using Android emulators like Bluestack to use their whatsapp but good news today Whatsapp has now introduced web browser version of whatsapp.

However,  this web solution is currently available to Google Chrome browser which tells us it's an extension and also it's not really like a full Whatsapp Application. Here's the thing, the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device. So your messages are still live on your phone, only that you can read and reply from your laptop.

Anyways, long story short here's how to install Whatsapp on your web browser for desktop and laptops.

Wait.....If you're doubting if it only works on Chrome, see below image.

Let's Go...

  1.  Simply Goto https://web.whatsapp.com in your Google Chrome browser. You will see a QR code 
  2.  Use your phone to scan the code you see in your Chrome web browser to pair them.
  3. Your Whatsapp is now paired with your phone.
Please Note: If you're not fast with the barcode scan, here's what the browser will tell you.

Your phone needs to stay connected to the internet for our web client to work, and please make sure to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone. 

Unfortunately for now, we will not be able to provide web client to our iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.

We really hope you find web client useful in your everyday lives.

Months back we read about the news that FaceBook founder Mark Zuckerberg and its Board of directors purchased the number one text messaging app Whatsapp for $19billion dollars but it looks like the transaction was withheld up until Friday(03-Oct-2014) when Reuters broke the news that the European Union has finally approved the purchase.

First thing that could have popped up on anyone's mind is "Why Do They Need Approval ?"... Well according to a reliable source  the deal was on hold because the EU felt it would harm communication telecom market...Here's what they have to say..

"We have carefully reviewed this proposed acquisition and come to the conclusion that it would not hamper competition in this dynamic and growing market. Consumers will continue to have a wide choice of consumer communications apps," European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said.

Although in the United States back in April Facebook had already gotten approval to acquire Whatsapp less than two m,onths after Facebook annouced it's proposal in February.

WhatsApp and its rivals such as KakaoTalk, China’s WeChat and Viber have in recent years won over telecoms operators’ customers with a free text messaging option, posing a serious threat to the sector’s revenues from this business, which totalled about $120 billion last year, according to market researcher Ovum.

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