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Another WhatsApp innovation for security and privacy: self-destructing messages will start to disappear faster

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The team of the popular messenger WhatsApp is again trying to improve the security and privacy of users. The messenger already has a function of self-destructing messages and now work is underway to make it more useful.

At the moment, only automatic deletion of messages every 7 days is provided. As the thematic resource WABetaInfo notes, the developers are testing the possibility of destroying messages after 24 hours. Apparently, the user will be able to choose – the conversation will be cleared in a week or a day after sending messages.

Earlier it was reported that the self-destruct photo feature is also being tested for WhatsApp. Disappearing photos and images can be sent in versions of the messenger for Android and iOS.

Disappearing WhatsApp messages became available to everyone in November 2021. At the same time, the messenger does not interfere in any way with taking screenshots and does not even warn the sender about such attempts.

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Android 13 fixes over 150 bugs on Pixel smartphones

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Android 13 fixes over 150 bugs on Pixel smartphones

Recently, Google unexpectedly released the final version of the Android 13 OS, which became available for Pixel smartphones. And, it seems, the owners of such devices should install it now.

Android 13 fixes over 150 bugs on Pixel smartphones

It turned out that in Android 13, the search giant fixed a huge number of bugs that existed in Pixel smartphones. More specifically, the list includes 151 issues that Google has fixed in the update.

In particular, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have a much better in-display fingerprint scanner, the slowness of which many have complained about. We also fixed the issue with double-tap to wake up the screen, Always-On Display, auto-brightness, auto-rotate the screen, and more. Users of the new Pixels say that smartphones have simply become faster and more stable.

As a reminder, Android 13 is available for Google models starting with the Pixel 4 line.

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iOS has a VPN issue that Apple is aware of but won’t fix

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iOS has a VPN issue that Apple is aware of

Network security specialist Michael Horowitz reported problems with VPN on iOS. As it turns out, the operating system does not completely pass network traffic through the virtual private network, which is a potential security issue. The manufacturer has known about this for years, but does nothing.

iOS has a VPN issue that Apple is aware of but won't fix

According to the expert, it seems that everything is working, because the third-party VPN provides a new IP address, DNS servers and a tunnel for traffic. However, sessions and connections established before the VPN is enabled do not switch to the encrypted channel, but function in parallel with it.

iOS has a VPN issue that Apple is aware of but won't fix

The problem is confirmed by a report from May 2020, when specialists discovered the same situation. As evidence, Horowitz cited a screenshot where an iPad connected to a VPN transmits data to both its main VPN provider (37.19.214.1) and Apple Push (17.57.144.12). Thus, there is a potential leak that will reveal the user’s real network address, which can lead to problems. Horowitz tested the system with several types of VPNs, including WireGuard, but the problem remained there.

According to Swiss-based Proton, this problem occurred at least in iOS 13.3.1 and remained in newer versions of the system. In theory, connecting through a VPN should close existing connections, but this does not happen.

Later it became known that Apple added a Kill Switch feature to block existing connections, but this feature does not seem to work or only partially works. According to the source, the problem is relevant for those users who live in conditions of total surveillance.

By the way, Proton offered a solution – to manually close all connections before connecting to the VPN, using the “flight mode”. However, it is unlikely that many users do this. But Horowitz has not yet named any specific solution to the problem.

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A full-fledged WhatsApp client for Windows has finally been released. It can run in the background and doesn’t need to sync with your phone

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A full fledged WhatsApp client for Windows has finally been released

What Viber and Telegram have had for a long time has finally appeared in WhatsApp: after a long period of beta testing, the messenger client for Windows has finally been released. The app is available for download from the Microsoft Store.

A full-fledged WhatsApp client for Windows has finally been released.  It can run in the background and doesn't need to sync with your phone

Now you do not need to run WhatsApp in a browser – you can download the application to your mobile computer or PC – and communicate in the format familiar to users of other instant messengers. The Windows WhatsApp client runs in the background and does not need to be synchronized with your phone. Later, the developers promise to release a version for macOS.

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