FACEBOOK has finally begun rolling out the much-anticipated 'unsend' feature for its Messenger app, with users being able to delete text messages, photos, videos, and links. The feature is now available for iPhone and Android users of the app, and while the launch began on Wednesday in only Poland, Bolivia, Colombia and Lithuania, it's expanding to other countries in the coming days and weeks. 'Unsend' features are now all the rage in the social media industry, with WhatsApp, Instagram, Gmail and other services all introducing similar offerings in previous years or months, possibly in an attempt to make users feel comfortable with posting messages impulsively and without restraint. In Messenger's case, the ability to delete sent messages had been rumoured for months, after it was revealed that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg enjoyed his own personal unsend feature. And now it's actually being rolled out for all Messenger users, with the app referring to it as "Remove for Everyone." … [Read more...] about Facebook Messenger now lets you UNSEND your messages, but you have to act within 10 minutes
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PHISHING, vishing or smishing - criminals will always try to find ways of fleecing you of your hard-earned cash. Here is all you need to know about these ruses and scams that help line the scamsters' pockets. What are phishing? Phishing is a form of fraud in which an attacker pretends to be reputable entity or person in email or on a website. It is a method of trying to gather personal information using deceptive e-mails and websites. It can be a request from your bank or a note from someone in your company — all to make you click a link or download an attachment. What is SMiShing? Essentially, SMiShing is a variation of phishing. Only instead you receive an SMS message on your mobile phone. A villain will get hold of your phone number, either because you listed it on social media, or because they bought data that has been hacked or leaked from a legit company. Mass text messages are then sent and the probability is that someone will fall victim. What is vishing? This … [Read more...] about What are phishing, SMiShing and vishing and how can you protect yourself from email, phone and text scams?
YOU may have muted that Whatsapp group chat a long time ago but that won't stop it filling your camera roll with unwanted pictures and videos and depleting your phone's memory. Luckily there's a very simple way of stopping your phone automatically downloading the media and keeping your storage free. How do I stop Whatsapp saving pictures on my phone? There are actually several easy ways to stop Whatsapp from automatically downloading messages on both Android and iPhone. On Android, all you have to do is open the messaging app and tap the three vertical dots (Settings) on the top right. Tap "chat settings", then "media auto-download" and you'll see three options - images, audio and video - which you can uncheck. There are two ways to achieve the same outcome on iPhone. The first is to open Whatsapp, click the "settings" button in the bottom right, then "data and storage usage". Here you can you will see the "media auto-download" option which you can use to stop pictures … [Read more...] about How to stop WhatsApp saving pictures on your phone – tips and tricks for the message app
WE'VE all sent a message we've regretted and wished we could turn back time. WhatsApp has been letting users "unsend" messages since October 2017 but now it is believed the app will extend the grace period from seven minutes to over an hour. What is the "unsend" feature? It used to be the case that sending a WhatsApp message was final – no take-backs. But in a bid to keep up with rival services, WhatsApp began offering an "unsend" feature that lets you delete a message for everyone. There are plenty of reasons why you'd want to unsend a message: maybe you've drunk-texted an ex, or mistakenly called your boss something unpleasant in the work chat. There's been no official announcement, but tech site WABetaInfo dug into the latest beta app update for WhatsApp and uncovered the change. How to "unsend" a WhatsApp message? So if you've sent a risky text or made a mistake the feature can save you a lot of embarrassment or explaining. All you have to do to delete a message is … [Read more...] about How to unsend WhatsApp messages and what’s the time limit on ‘Delete for Everyone’?
APPLE device users are being warned about a new “black dot of death” bug that could completely crash your iMessages. Opening the virus – said to be more harmful than the WhatsApp text bomb – on an iPhone or iPad will wipe out your iOS messaging app. It works in a similar way to the WhatsApp bug and overloads the phone with thousands of pieces of unicode text. What makes it worse, however, is that there doesn't appear to be an easy way of deleting the message once you've received it. If the message is opened, the screen of the device will go blank – and will remain that way until Apple solves the issue. And don’t even think about restarting your phone as that will only reload the text and crash the device. The best thing to do is to force-close the Messages application. One way to do this is to use 3D Touch to press and hold the Messages icon and then tap "New Message" to regain access. You can then cancel the new message, which will take you back to … [Read more...] about iPhone’s ‘black dot of death’ will completely crash your iMessages… and is even WORSE than the Whatsapp ‘text bomb’