WHATSAPP has created a brand new feature that lets you send private messages to members in group chats. It means you'll be able to reply to specific group members – keeping your message invisible to everyone else. The new feature was spotted by WABetaInfo, a specialist tech site that digs into test versions of WhatsApp. According to the site, WhatsApp has enabled a new feature called "Reply Privately" in the beta version of the app. "As the name suggests, it allows you to privately reply to a message received in a group," the site explains. Normally group messages can be seen by absolutely anyone in the group. The only way to hide a message from someone in the group is by "unsending" it during a short grace period. But this still deletes the message for everyone – rather than specific users. With "Reply Privately", it's possible to respond to other group members individually without having to worry about anyone else seeing your text. Users will need to be careful though: if … [Read more...] about WhatsApp update lets you send private messages in group chats – and it could get you in BIG trouble
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WHATSAPP users will soon find it more difficult to delete messages, as the messaging app updates how it handles its 'Delete for everyone' feature. There will now be a time limit to how long WhatsApp will spend trying to erase messages from other users' chats, which could mean that some 'unsent' messages are still seen by their recipients. WhatsApp's 'Delete for everyone' feature was rolled out last October, letting users erase their own messages from other people's WhatsApp chats as well as theirs. Initially, you had only seven minutes after first sending a message to unsend it, but WhatsApp bumped this up to just over an hour in March. This meant that, as long you sent a 'Delete for everyone' request within an hour of sending a message, WhatsApp would spend an unlimited amount of time trying to delete it from other users' phones. However, according to WhatsApp update tracker WABetaInfo, the messaging app will now try to delete the message from other users' WhatsApp for only 13 hours, … [Read more...] about WhatsApp’s ‘unsend’ feature is getting a big change – and it’s bad news
WHATSAPP has revealed that messages stored on Google's free back-up service aren't as secure as the ones safeguarded by its own internal systems. The Facebook-owned chat app recently teamed up with Google Drive to offer Android users unlimited storage for their WhatsApp data. Backing up your data is crucial to ensuring it's easily available when you switch phones. In the past your back-ups counted toward your Google quota, with a free 15GB worth of space available to users. But what seemed like an attractive deal comes with a glaring caveat: all the chats dumped on Google's servers won't be encrypted. That means that unlike on WhatsApp – where the texts are hidden behind lines of code that is indecipherable to anyone other than the sender and recipient (known as end-to-end-encryption) – Google can access them whenever it so chooses. And in the worst case scenario, so too could hackers. What is end-to-end encryption?It's available by default on WhatsApp, but how does the … [Read more...] about Your WhatsApp messages aren’t safe from hackers because of this gaping flaw
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’?
WHATSAPP users should be on the lookout for a new ‘black dot’ bug that could potentially crash their phones.WhatsApp message. According to throngs of Reddit users, the message works by hiding within a bunch of characters, masquerading as a 'text bomb' which once tapped on will expand and cause the app to overload and perhaps even your phone to freeze. Based on user reports, there are several variations of the message so it’s hard to know what exactly to look out for. However one of the most common versions is the aforementioned black dot variety (pictured above). WhatsApp itself hasn’t yet made any official comment on the bug or issued a patch to protect users against it, but we will be updating this article with what to do as soon as it does. Users don’t need to worry too much if they find themselves on the receiving end of the bug, however. You simply need to reset your phone to bring it back to normal if the message has caused it to freeze. None of the … [Read more...] about Don’t open this WhatsApp message – ‘black dot’ text could crash your smartphone