WhatsApp does not come out of the negative headlines. A new security hole has now appeared that basically allows anyone to exclude a user from WhatsApp. The attacker just needs to know the number – and you can’t really defend yourself against it.
WhatsApp: Anyone can lock anyone out
It’s easy to log in to WhatsApp. Download the app, enter your mobile phone number, confirm that you are the right person with the code that you receive via SMS, and you can use your account. It is precisely this simple mechanism that is now fatal to WhatsApp. According to Forbes, attackers can exploit precisely this sequence to exclude cell phone numbers from WhatsApp. You just have to know the cell phone number and try to log in with it. WhatsApp then sends a code to the real owner of the number, but the attacker intentionally enters the wrong code. This will suspend the re-sending of the code for 12 hours.
If the attacker sees that it is no longer possible to resend the code, they set up a fake email address and contact WhatsApp with the claim that the cell phone was lost. WhatsApp then simply locks the user out. There is no process to check that the email address really matches the number. The number can be blocked, but not taken over. But that’s the only positive news.
How can I protect myself against this in WhatsApp?
You can’t do much about the blocking itself at first. But you can make sure that your real email address is stored on WhatsApp so that you can reactivate the account later. To do this, you have to go to WhatsApp Settings, there on account and verification in two steps. Not only activate the PIN there, if you have not already done so but also set an email address. Incidentally, the two-factor authentication is useless in this case.
WhatsApp is aware of the problem, but there is no obligation to change anything because the security gap is probably not being actively exploited. Attackers have no advantage and only work. Nevertheless, you could really annoy people by blocking accounts and the owners basically can’t do anything about it.
WhatsApp Suddenly Turns Off Blue Ticks – For Good Reason
A big innovation has been quietly introduced in WhatsApp, which concerns the blue tick as reading confirmation for messages. Many have already noticed the problem, but the change only implements something long overdue.
WhatsApp turns off blue ticks for voice messages
Perhaps some of you have already noticed. In WhatsApp, an important change was quietly carried out. Until now, blue ticks were always displayed for voice messages as soon as the message was received and listened to. In this way, the sender could see directly whether the recipient had listened to the message – even if the read receipts were deactivated. That is exactly what has now changed. WhatsApp has not completely switched off the blue tick for voice messages but has equated them with normal messages.
Accordingly, what applies to text messages now applies to voice messages. If you have deactivated the read receipt with the blue tick, you will no longer receive a read receipt from your contacts. So if you have deactivated the read receipt, but want to see the blue tick for voice messages again, then you have to reactivate the read receipt on your account. But then the other person must also have activated the read receipt. The blue ticks only reappear if both parties have activated the function.
WhatsApp is planning further changes
Currently Free Of Charge Instead Of 4.49 Euros: Android App Brings Cult Games To Your Smartphone
If you want to play an old classic game on your smartphone, you can download the free Android app “Sudoku Deluxe VIP” for a short time. This gives you lasting fun puzzles and also does something for the gray cells.
Free Android app: “Sudoku (Premium Pro)” for free instead of 4.49 euros
Sudoku: A game that experienced a real hype a little more than 10 years ago and is still one of the most popular logic puzzles. Not only can you pass the time, but you can also get your brain going. Depending on the level of difficulty, the puzzles are easy to challenging. There are an infinite number of apps on the subject in the Google Play Store, but currently with “ Sudoku (Premium Pro) ” a pro version without advertising is available for free. So if you want to solve one or two puzzles in between, you can currently download the game for free and save 4.49 euros. The promotion is valid until April 25, 2021.
Sudoku Deluxe VIP: How good is the Android app?
With over 100,000 downloads and an average of 4.7 stars, the Android app “Sudoku Deluxe VIP” is rated quite well. The app is very easy to use and the Sudokus are available in different levels of difficulty. You never get bored with it and you do something for your memory. If “Sudoku Deluxe VIP” costs money again after the promotion, you can use one of the numerous free Sudoku apps. The app with the simple name “Sudoku”, which is linked above, is currently recommended by the Google Play Store editorial team. With over 10 million downloads, it is one of the most popular Android apps in this sector. But you have to accept advertising for this, and in-app purchases are also included.
Apple And Google Buckle: Criticized Conspiracy App Returns
After the Parler app, popular with QAnon fans, was thrown out of the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store earlier this year, the conspiracy app can now hope for a comeback. Both companies would like to offer the app again under certain conditions.
Parler: QAnon app is about to make a comeback
Apple has announced that it wants to offer the Parler platform again in its app store. Even Google, according to a comeback will be at hand, be as long as the operator of the app to guidelines of the Play Store hold. Both Apple and Google kicked the app out of their app stores in January 2021 after massive criticism.
“Parler is back in the Play Store as soon as an app is presented that meets our guidelines,” says a spokeswoman for Google. The group also points out that the app for Android was still available “via other channels” during the ban from the Play Store.
Apple is a step further and has sought a conversation with the operators of Parler: Apple has “extensive discussions with Parler to bring the app into compliance with the guidelines and to include it back in the App Store”, Bloomberg quotes the group. A first update for the app was approved on April 14th. The operators had promised to moderate content better.
Parler: “Wrongly made a scapegoat”
Parler’s operators continue to wash their hands in innocence. One was “wrongly made the scapegoat for the events on January 6th,” it says in a first statement.
Parler is considered a reservoir for right-wing conspiracy theorists and QAnon supporters. After Twitter and Facebook blocked many accounts, Parler became one of the most important means of communication for the planned and ultimately actually carried out the storm on the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021.
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