Facebook rolling out new Privacy Basics feature

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2017

Facebook is today launching a new Privacy Basics feature on the web to make it easier for users to find the tools that let them control and adjust who sees what they share on the service.

The new section provides access to various topics based on users’ most frequently asked questions about privacy and security. Privacy Basics organizes these privacy-related tools in one central place and includes 32 interactive guides in 44 languages. Read More

 

Facebook is about to clone Snapchat again, this time in its mainline mobile app

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2017

Facebook didn’t stop at ripping off Snapchat’s Stories feature with auto-vanishing slideshows on Instagram. According to a Wednesday report from Business Insider, the social network is currently testing a similar feature in its mainline mobile app.

A company spokesperson told the publication that Facebook Stories will soon start appearing at the top of the mobile Facebook app, allowing you to tap each circle to see a friend’s story. Read More

 

WhatsApp has a backdoor that allows snooping on end-to-end encrypted messages [updated]

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2017

In 2016, WhatsApp finally enabled complete end-to-end encryption for both chats and video calls to ensure that no one but the intended recipient can decipher contents of their communications. Unfortunately, it’s come to light that WhatsApp’s system has been plagued by a major vulnerability which was discovered by Tobias Boelter, a cryptography and security researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.

In an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian, Boelter said the backdoor could let Facebook read end-to-end encrypted content, meaning the social network could be complied with court orders to make decrypted messages available to law enforcement and other government agencies

UPDATE: We’ve received a response from WhatsApp regarding the alleged backdoor. Read More

 

How to log out of all active Facebook sessions from your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 22, 2016

If you have a Facebook account, then chances are you access it on more than one device. You might forget from time to time to sign out of sessions on other machines you don’t intend to use again, such as those in schools or at the workplace, potentially handing over access to your Facebook account to the next person(s) who uses the machine.

Facebook fortunately comes with a feature that lets you sign out of all active sessions on your account with just a few taps. We’ll show you how you can do this in this tutorial. Read More

 

Group video chat in Facebook Messenger rolling out globally starting today

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2016

After enabling group audio calling on Messenger with support for up to 50 participants back in April 2016, Facebook today launched group video chatting on its popular messaging service. The ability to video chat in groups is the most requested Messenger feature ever, according to product manager Stephane Taine. The feature is rolling out today on iOS/Android and the desktop version of Messenger. Read More

 

How to stop people you’re not friends with from showing up in your Facebook chat

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 7, 2016

If you use Facebook, then you might have noticed there are people you aren’t friends with in your Facebook Messenger sidebar when using the desktop website or mobile app. Although this is meant to be a way for you and your potential friends to connect on Facebook, some people find this overbearing and an invasion of privacy.

There is a way to prevent people you aren’t friends with from appearing in your Facebook Messenger sidebar, and we’ll show you how you can do it in this tutorial. Read More

 

Facebook is testing an upcoming Find Wi-Fi feature in the mobile app

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 22, 2016

Facebook appears to be testing a new location-based feature that permits some users to identify free Wi-Fi hotspots through the social network’s mobile application for the iPhone and iPad.

As reported by The Next Web, some users, myself included, are now seeing a Find Wi-Fi option in the app’s side menu, between the Nearby Places and Nearby Friends options. Tapping it puts up a prompt asking to grant Facebook access to your location so it can find public Wi-Fi hotspots around you. Read More

 

How to use less cellular data in the Facebook app

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 22, 2016

Many people rely on Facebook every day to keep in touch with their friends and family, but its popularity across the mobile devide market consequently also means it’s one of the world’s biggest cellular data hogs.

Fortunately, there are ways you can mitigate your cellular data usage while using the Facebook app thanks to some flexible settings, and in this piece we’ll show you how. Read More

 

How to mention someone in your Instagram story

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 18, 2016

If you’re an Instagram user, then you might be familiar with the Stories feature that rolled out earlier this year. It lets you share photos and videos with an audience for up to 24 hours before disappearing completely.

But did you know you can also mention certain people in your Instagram Stories? Read More

 

WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encrypted video calling

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 15, 2016

Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced yesterday that it had begun rolling out video calling to the more than one billion users it claims across iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms around the world.

According to TechCrunch, video calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted just like with FaceTime in order to prevent rogue parties from eavesdropping on your communications.

WhatsApp previously rolled out end-to-end encryption for chats. “We obviously try to be in tune with what our users want,” WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum told Reuters. “We’re obsessed with making sure that voice and video work well even on low-end phones.” Read More