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WhatsApp fixes issue that exposed some users' phone numbers to search engines

WhatsApp fixes issue that exposed some users' phone numbers to search engines

Facebook went on a whack-a-mole expedition patching a security vulnerability that exposed thousands of WhatsApp users' phone numbers with a fairly simple Google search. The Indian researcher who found this loophole is also crying foul for not being able to receive a bounty for his bug find.

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Google may stop letting you control which devices require a 2-step verification prompt

Google may stop letting you control which devices require a 2-step verification prompt

One of the methods Google account holders can use as a two-step verification procedure is a Google prompt — a server-fed yes/no screen sent to a device that user is already signed in on to verify a login attempt on a new device. Right now, users can add or remove devices that can receive them. But an upcoming change may take away that ability and push those prompts to every device, every time they need to perform a device login.

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Wells Fargo now supports face unlock on Pixel 4 devices

Wells Fargo now supports face unlock on Pixel 4 devices

When the Pixel 4 was launched last year, many people praised its fast face unlock system. It didn't do much good, though, unless it worked with the apps you used, and that wasn't likely at launch. Google introduced a new version of the Biometric API for Android 10 that worked with authentication methods such as fingerprints and faces, but it meant that developers had to add this updated API into their apps first. It took a while, but many bigger banking institutions are starting to support it, and now you can add Wells Fargo to that list.

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Brave Browser caught adding its own referral codes to some cryptocurrency trading sites

Brave Browser caught adding its own referral codes to some cryptocurrency trading sites

Brave Browser is undeniably a commercial product first, and a privacy-centric web browser second. While the browser does have quite a few improvements to privacy compared to stock Chrome, it's designed to promote the use of a cryptocurrency (BAT) that Brave itself owns, and it has a referral program that pays browser users by how many people they can get to download Brave. Now the browser has been caught injecting its own affiliate codes into web addresses for popular cryptocurrency trading websites.

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Signal rolls out automatic face blurring tool in its photo editor (APK Download)

Signal rolls out automatic face blurring tool in its photo editor (APK Download)

Privacy-focused messaging app Signal could make blurring faces out from an image as easy as a few taps. Its developers are rolling out an update that features the new editing tool.

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Google's Advanced Protection Program now supports Nest logins

Google's Advanced Protection Program now supports Nest logins

Google is a big company with a lot of initiatives going at any given time. Sometimes, however, these projects can clash. For example, the Google Advanced Protection Program makes your account more secure, but it didn't support Nest. That's a problem when Google is simultaneously pushing people to migrate their Nest accounts to Google logins. Today, Google has finally rectified this issue. Advanced Protection accounts can now connect to Nest.

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Google would really like to remind you that all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted

Google would really like to remind you that all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted

Since its launch in 2016, Google Duo has used end-to-end encryption for calls, messages, notes, and all kinds of communications carried through it. That encryption is one of the reasons we recommend using Duo to catch up with friends and family, but most users may not be aware of it. Now Google is boasting this privacy-centric approach for everyone to see, and while it's at it, it added the option to send more emojis to your contacts.

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Messages v6.2.031 promises end-to-end encryption over RCS and expanded web features for Google Fi (APK Teardown)

Messages v6.2.031 promises end-to-end encryption over RCS and expanded web features for Google Fi (APK Teardown)

Google Messages has become the app to watch now that new leadership has been tasked with cleaning up some of sprawl created by projects of the past. A new dogfood build of the app made it into circulation, and it contains signs for some important features people have been looking forward to. For those with a desire to keep their messages private, Messages will soon support end-to-end encryption over RCS. And if you're a Google Fi user, get ready to see some huge improvements to the Messages for Web service that will bring browser-based access to calls and voicemail.

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Chrome spotted working with Windows Hello for payment autofill authentication

Chrome spotted working with Windows Hello for payment autofill authentication

If your browse the internet with Google Chrome on a Windows PC, you may be able to take advantage of a new security integration with Windows Hello for autofilling your credit card information.

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Chrome 83 introduces new privacy features, revamps form controls, and more (APK Download)

Chrome 83 introduces new privacy features, revamps form controls, and more (APK Download)

Chrome V82 was skipped entirely, due to scheduling issues resulting from the engineering team working from home, but releases are starting to go back to normal. Chrome 83 entered beta last month, and now it has graduated to the stable channel with plenty of improvements in tow.

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