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Microsoft, Signal E2EE needs Free Local, International Mobile and Landline Calling
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Microsoft, Signal E2EE needs Free Local, International Mobile and Landline Calling

“.... As more and more communications move online, it is up to companies to demonstrate they are on the side of human rights – the future of freedom of expression is partly in their hands.” Head of Technology and Human Rights at Amnesty International, Joshua Franco, commenting on Microsoft's decision to introduce E2EE for Skype. Skype is finally getting with the times. This as they'll be following the likes of Facebook Messenger, Apple's iMessage and WhatsApp by rolling out E2EE (End-to-End Encryption) for all voice chat in the summer of 2018. Truly this is a long time coming as noted by Head of Technology and Human Rights at Amnesty International, Joshua Franco, quote: “It is about time that Microsoft takes its users’ privacy seriously, and we are now calling on the company t...
WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger may be sharing E2EE Keys with the NSA
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WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger may be sharing E2EE Keys with the NSA

“If WhatsApp is asked by a government agency to disclose its messaging records, it can effectively grant access due to the change in keys” Tobias Boelter, a cryptography researcher at the University of California in an interview with the Guardian Friday the 13th came and went, but I have so really scary news for you; WhatsApp is not secure. So says the Guardian newspaper, in a shocking expose that has me worried. The Guardian Newspaper in their report claims that there is a backdoor exist in WhatsApp's E2EE (End-to-End Encryption) scheme as described in Why Viber and WhatsApp going E2EE as Telecom Providers need encryption. This as WhatsApp can generate a set of extra encryption keys aside from the Public Key and the Private Key generate by the recipient and then send them ...
Facebook Messenger’s Opt-in E2EE raises Privacy Concerns
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Facebook Messenger’s Opt-in E2EE raises Privacy Concerns

Facebook is finally seeing the light as it relates to E2EE (End to End Encryption), sort of! E2EE means no one can intercept you're IM’s, not even Facebook itself and is effectively like using Blackberry Messenger, the gold standard of Encrypted conversations. Facebook Messenger has taken a leaf out of WhatsApp playbook, using the Signal Protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems. To enable a secret conversation in Facebook Messenger, follow the steps: Start a Messenger conversation Click on Secret conversation with the little blue locket Types as usual, with the “secret Conversation” appearing in the title Good to note this is a test run, as it is being tested on a limited trial basis with some users with a wider deployment later in 2016! The Big Blue E2EE on Fa...
Facebook Messenger reads Text Messages as Voicemails may be next
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Facebook Messenger reads Text Messages as Voicemails may be next

“We know that people receive messages via both SMS and Messenger — for example your best friend sends you GIFs on Messenger whilst your mom only uses SMS — we want to make it easier to stay in touch with all the people you care about. We hope that this new choice will bring the convenience of being able to access all your messages in one place, making your messaging a lot simpler and helping you stay on top of your conversations!” Post on Facebook Messenger Facebook Page on Tuesday June 14th 2016 announcing SMS integration Facebook is slowly taking over your smartphone. Their latest Messenger update, which rolled out globally on Tuesday June 14th 2016, now makes it possible for Messenger to send and receive SMS (aka text) messages on Google Android smartphones (sorry apple fans......
How to use Facebook Messenger to talk to more than 50 people
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How to use Facebook Messenger to talk to more than 50 people

“Really excited to announce the global rollout of group calling in Messenger today. From any group conversations, just tap on the phone icon to initiate a group call. You can then manage individual participants on the next screen” Facebook Messenger head David Marcus said in a post on Wednesday April 20th 2016 Facebook seems to be set to take on Skype with their latest feature: Group Chat! Now Facebook Messenger allows you to chat with up to 50 people. To enable this feature, follow the following steps: Click the gear menu at the top right of your chat window Select Add Friends to Chat from the dropdown menu Enter the names of the friends you want to add Click Done In my book this is the most significant update since they'd announced they're making bots for bu...
How Spotify’s playlist and song sharing in FB Messenger challenges Apple Music
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How Spotify’s playlist and song sharing in FB Messenger challenges Apple Music

Facebook Messenger is becoming more useful by the day as they plot to take over your smartphone as I'd predicted in How Facebook Messenger will replace your smartphone in 2016. Now it's possible for users to share songs or playlists directly within Messenger from Spotify. This was already possible via email, Facebook and WhatsApp, so Messenger is the latest battleground for Spotify's ongoing music War with Apple Music. All while being serenaded by pizza coupon bearing chess playing chatbots as predicted in How FB Messenger Ads means Chess playing Chatbots with Fast Food Coupons. How to share Spotify playlists and songs in Facebook Messenger  To enable this feature is quite simple: Go to the “more” tab in Facebook Messenger Send your playlists to your Facebook Messenge...
How FB Messenger Ads means Chess playing Chatbots with Fast Food Coupons
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How FB Messenger Ads means Chess playing Chatbots with Fast Food Coupons

This latest developement with regards to Facebook Messenger doesn’t surprise me at all. A leaked document from Facebook has revealed that they plan to insert advertising into your Facebook Messenger feed sometime in the Second Quarter of 2016. According to the leaked document that Techcrunch received from an anonymous source, the plan is to allow businesses to send ads to people already engage in a conversation with them. This as many companies already use Facebook Messenger as a form of Customer support, making this more of a business move than an attempt to use customer private information to inundate them with random ads. The documents is also specific, stating that they'd launched a URL short link fb.com/msg/[Company] for businesses to use to during chats with their client...
How to stop Facebook and Messenger from draining your battery
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How to stop Facebook and Messenger from draining your battery

Looks like Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Pages Manager Apps may be bad for your smartphone's health. A dual study conducted by the UK Guardian Newspaper, found that these Apps severely reduce the following on your Google Android smartphone or Apple iPhone: 20% reduction in the battery life for Google Android 15% reduction in the battery life for Apple iPhone 500GB Internal Storage when installed (Facebook) The performance for both smartphones in terms of speeds of execution of other tasks was also severely reduced. This study backs up findings by Reddit user pbrandes_eth who in January 2016 discovered that uninstalling these Apps significantly speeds up your Google Android smartphone or Apple iPhone. I've actually seen this on smartphones that my friends own in the ...