The Telegram messenger is often used to exchange ideas and organize oneself on controversial topics. Many users feel safe there. An insider now reveals how easy it is to spy on news and personal data. For secret services, this is possible with the simplest means.
Insider: You can find out a lot about Telegram users
This is not the first time that Telegram has been criticized for its lax approach to user privacy. The ARD political magazine “Kontraste” and t-online have now researched together and talked to an insider who is active in countless Telegram groups and describes how easy it is to read content and find out information about users. The insider, who is known on Twitter under the name @ datenliebe1, says that secret services in particular have an easy game. He has many Telegram groups in his database, the content of which he has been collecting for years. After all, users do not notice that the content they have posted is being copied. In the case of public groups, he doesn’t even have to be a member to access them. Telegram offers extensive interfaces for processing data.
One point that enables users to be identified is particularly interesting. As soon as you find a cell phone number somewhere and, according to him, people are quite ready to recklessly share their numbers in groups, a unique code can be found based on this. This code number can be used to find out in which groups the users are active. This allows you to create a complete profile and you can easily find out who is in groups that you might not want anyone to know. Only “secret chats” are secure, as end-to-end encryption is used. If there is a data leak, the group is reduced so much that only the hardcore remains.
Telegram relies on reporting violations
The insider reports that Telegram content is not actively analyzed for prohibited content. This is a blessing for legitimate protest movements, but also a curse for illegal content. In secret groups, forbidden content can be shared that can never be discovered because the members of course do not report it. If you use Telegram, you should read the entire story at t-online. Incidentally, the insider communicated with t-online via Threema.
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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