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WhatsApp cloned and Touch ID lock out in February | Social networks

The instant messaging platform has even brought a new look to users of the Android beta. In the second month of the year, users learned of the future integration of the application with Facebook Messenger and Instagram the trio belongs to businessman Mark Zuckerberg. In addition, the extensive Invisible Mode for WhatsApp has piqued readers' interest in allowing them to secretly read messages sent in Chrome's exclusive feature groups. To check out the main news about social networking in February, see the following list made by TechTudo.

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As one of the most downloaded messaging services in the world, WhatsApp may be the target of account cloning attempts. In one blow, cybercriminals hit 5,000 profiles to claim money from family members of the victims from stealing people's phone numbers. The bad guys took advantage of the fragility of the telephone operators in checking the identity of customers to obtain the information.

Application monitoring can facilitate personal information theft and damage, so I need to be aware of active sessions on WhatsApp Web in the app's "Settings" option. Another way to avoid cloning through 2-step verification is available in system settings. Check out all the tips to find out if your WhatsApp is being cloned.

2. Fingerprint unlocking

How to enter digital / password on WhatsApp on iPhone

How to enter digital / password on WhatsApp on iPhone

Apple iPhone users have received Touch ID functionality, compatible with models starting with the 5S. This new feature provides the use of fingerprint for WhatsApp lock on the mobile phone, which offers a new security and privacy mechanism. The latest handsets from the X, XS, XS Max and XR line also feature the Face ID option, where face recognition becomes the passkey (know how to use).

To use the setting you need WhatsApp to be at the latest version (see how to upgrade). Released in the first week of February, the news came with installation 2.19.20, which adds a layer for devices with support for biometric readers.

3. Privacy against spam

Spam can be identified by WhatsApp from message frequency Photo: Ana Marques / TechTudoSpam can be identified by WhatsApp from message frequency Photo: Ana Marques / TechTudo

Spam can be identified by WhatsApp from message frequency Photo: Ana Marques / TechTudo

Using technology that prioritizes data protection and account privacy, WhatsApp is able to identify and combat spam without reading messages sent by its users. Access is prevented by end-to-end messenger encryption, method of protection and privacy of messages exchanged in chat that prevents interception of content, including by the developer.

Using an algorithm, the WhatsApp system can find inappropriate actions through metadata, message sending rate with the Machine Learning system and also by real-time evaluation based on message frequency. . Per month, more than two million accounts are banned for spamming. To avoid this practice, WhatsApp limited message forwarding to five contacts, before 20 people.

4. Fouad WhatsApp: Risks and Functions

Third-party apps may be banned by WhatsApp Photo: Luciana Maline / TechTudoThird-party apps may be banned by WhatsApp Photo: Luciana Maline / TechTudo

Third-party apps may be banned by WhatsApp Photo: Luciana Maline / TechTudo

Fouad WhatsApp is an alternative application that promises features exclusive to Android devices, unavailable in the official version of messenger. Personalization offerings such as chat passwords, profile status hiding, and larger 1 GB content upload space attract multiple users. The system is not on Google Play because it is unauthorized software for using the messenger development code. Therefore, data protection measures are not guaranteed and users may have their personal information exposed.

Those interested in having the platform need to enable the option of unknown downloads, using an APK. This attitude disables security mechanisms of the device itself. Despite the advantages, anyone who uses this feature can get their account banned for violating the terms of the service that prove this type of practice.

5. Beta version for Android has new design

Icon redesign and layout changes in WhatsApp Android beta 2.19.45 have been highlighted since it was released on February 12th. Users have noticed changes in the "Account" menu, where the icons become more intuitive. In addition, usability has been changed in the "Send with Enter" and "Media Visibility" features, previously displayed as "Show media in gallery". The system incorporated on / off switches and dispensed with floating dialog boxes.

Until the official version is released, menus for some users may appear in English. The release of design updates is not yet foreseen in the stable release. Remember that the test platform was first released to users of the Google operating system and then to those who have Apple devices.

6. Integrated WhatsApp, Facebook and Messenger

Integration is being planned for Facebook, WhatsApp and Messenger (unbranded) Photo: Wallace Nascimento / TechTudoIntegration is being planned for Facebook, WhatsApp and Messenger (unbranded) Photo: Wallace Nascimento / TechTudo

Integration is being planned for Facebook, WhatsApp and Messenger (unbranded) Photo: Wallace Nascimento / TechTudo

WhatsApp will be integrated with Facebook Messenger instant messaging as well as Instagram. The justification given by the CEO is the number of requests from users for the association of platforms.

The launch of the junction is scheduled for 2020. Other reasons are content exchange between applications, and a greater guarantee of privacy between messages through the use of end-to-end encryption adopted in 2016 by WhatsApp. The method has already caused a legal stalemate between WhatsApp and the Federal Police, which required the app's conversation content for a criminal investigation.

7. iPhone Business Beta Verse

WhatsApp Business Beta is in the testing phase for iPhone Photo: Eduardo Manhes / TechTudoWhatsApp Business Beta is in the testing phase for iPhone Photo: Eduardo Manhes / TechTudo

WhatsApp Business Beta is in the testing phase for iPhone Photo: Eduardo Manhes / TechTudo

The WhatsApp Business iPhone platform is already being tested by selected companies and started to arrive in beta in February. With this feature, companies will be able to enjoy functions such as automatic answers to frequently asked questions, metric analysis of messages and display of the official website on the page. In addition, with company profile checking, the app releases a verified account seal that gives the venture more confidence with customers. The release date is not yet foreseen.

Note that the dedicated business version has been available on the Android system since early 2018. On the PC, the platform is available on Google's Chrome browser. Interested parties can use from these devices or then wait for arrival to the Apple system.

8. Extensive Web Hides Information

In WhatsApp Web, the user can hide recent messages, contact names and profile photos through the extensive A WA Web Plus. The functions guarantee greater privacy on the computer screen, especially by those who are in a public space and risk having their content viewed by third parties. The Chrome plugin can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store, the official browser software store, and has simple operation.

9. Hidden Group Reading

Read group messages unnoticed Chrome's extensive asset Photo: Helito Bijora / TechTudoRead group messages unnoticed Chrome's extensive asset Photo: Helito Bijora / TechTudo

Read group messages unnoticed Chrome's extensive asset Photo: Helito Bijora / TechTudo

Anyone who wants to read group messages anonymously needs to know the extensive Invisible Mode for WhatsApp. The tool enables the user to access groups without leaving tracks. By activating invisible mode you can watch videos, listen to audio and read conversations without having recorded these activities in the application. Installing and using Chrome extension features is easy to use. Messages read anonymously will remain unseen and will be marked in red.

WhatsApp's terms of use have a number of rules for users, and the subject matter of these rules piqued readers' curiosity in February. Violation of the terms may cause the account to be temporarily or permanently banned. Among the rules of use are the prohibition of children under 16 years in the European Union in Brazil the minimum age of 13 years. In addition, the messenger gives information collected to Facebook as they both belong to the same business group. The idea is in line with the platform integration proposal, already confirmed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Another WhatsApp determination is the collection of user activity data. With this survey, the messaging application can set standards and enhance the system experience. The company is interested in issues such as the frequency of message sending, the connection time and the form of interaction. On the other hand, the location of his own user of autonomy, who may decide to share or not with someone else.

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