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WhatsApp's latest security headache is a gift to cyberstalkers

WhatsApp's latest security headache is a gift to cyberstalkers

Like it or not, WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging applications out there, and billions around the world use it. Unfortunately, for a tool that's integral to communication for such a large audience, security is far from airtight. It was recently discovered that anyone could suspend someone's WhatsApp account by just knowing their number. Now, another research report sheds light on a staple feature that's being exploited by several apps and services to reveal the targeted user's app behavior.

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WhatsApp's new privacy policy is so bad it might be illegal

WhatsApp's new privacy policy is so bad it might be illegal

WhatsApp has been facing one hell of a backlash ever since it shared that it wanted to update its privacy policy with changes that would allow Facebook to aggregate all of its users' data across all of its services. And now, the company might be in for some regulatory issues, as well. A German privacy regulator (via Bloomberg) has opened proceedings to stop the company from moving forward with the privacy policy update.

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Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are coming back online following mass outage

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are coming back online following mass outage

No, you're not alone. As of late this afternoon, Facebook-powered services including Instagram and WhatsApp are experiencing a service outage. User reports on social media reveal a broad pattern of unavailability.

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Adding new stickers to WhatsApp is getting even easier and faster

Adding new stickers to WhatsApp is getting even easier and faster

WhatsApp has supported stickers for a long time, but it has always been tedious to add a new pack if your friends didn't happen to send you a sticker from the desired collection via the chat app. The latest version of WhatsApp makes that easier with support for deep links, allowing you to add stickers to WhatsApp by simply tapping an address on your phone. For example, you can add the recently announced "Vaccines for All" pack via this link: https://wa.me/stickerpack/VaccinesForAll.

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WhatsApp will soon let you transfer chat history between Android and iOS

WhatsApp will soon let you transfer chat history between Android and iOS

Back in the day, switching to a new phone meant you'd lose most of your local data. Over time, it became easier to transfer your files, settings, and contacts, provided you'd stay on the same ecosystem. For instance, if you get a new Android phone, your WhatsApp conversations and media would automatically be restored thanks to an online Google Drive backup. However, in case you decide to get an iPhone, there is no official way to restore your conversations and media from your Android phone. WhatsApp is reportedly working on fixing this caveat, thanks to a native solution to automatically transfer your chat history across platforms.

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India is demanding WhatsApp build a way to trace user messages

India is demanding WhatsApp build a way to trace user messages

The Indian government has specified a proposal to Facebook-owned WhatsApp that would involve tying an alpha-numeric hash to every message sent on its platform without decrypting the message itself. The push for the app to follow new cyber crime rules comes as it struggles with a major hit to its reputation over a privacy policy change in the country.

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India wants to block WhatsApp's controversial privacy policy update

India wants to block WhatsApp's controversial privacy policy update

WhatsApp has been under fire for imposing its new Facebook-or-die privacy policy. The sheer criticism regarding this move has not only forced it to delay the implementation deadline but also caused an exodus that is seeing users flock to Telegram and Signal. Dealing yet another blow to the Facebook-owned messaging service is a letter written by an Indian government ministry that asks WhatsApp to withdraw the new privacy policy altogether.

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Whatsapp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger experienced a massive outage today

Whatsapp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger experienced a massive outage today

If you were having difficulty sending a message on Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger earlier today, or if you ran into problems signing into Instagram, you weren't alone: All three Facebook services suffered a widespread outage, with tens of thousands of reports across seemingly all markets. Other services like Oculus may also have been affected. However, things seem to be normalizing now as of around 2:30PM ET.

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WhatsApp is still working on password-protected Google Drive backups

WhatsApp is still working on password-protected Google Drive backups

It's been almost exactly a year since the last time we saw leaked screenshots of an encrypted cloud backup feature for WhatsApp. Today we see a more fleshed-out version of that tool, offering a password protected backup of your messages that uploads to Google Drive on Android and iCloud on iOS. Unfortunately, there's still no indication of when it's actually going to go live.

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WhatsApp is rolling out desktop voice and video calls to all users

WhatsApp is rolling out desktop voice and video calls to all users

Back in December, we reported some WhatsApp beta users got the option to place voice and video calls using their desktop client. While these features were still in testing, they've now been officialized by the company and have started rolling out to all users.

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