messenger

Fri
10
Apr
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WhatsApp Attempts to Slow Spread of Fake News

A messaging service owned by Facebook is to change its policies to reduce the risk of people passing on bogus information. The WhatsApp changes follow a "significant increase" in forwarded messages since the COVID-19 pandemic began. WhatsApp lets ... users form and join multiple chat groups: for example, one for work colleagues, one for personal friends and one for neighbors. One key feature is that it's relatively simple to forward a message from one group to another, which means information can spread rapidly. That's particularly problematic when it comes to false and even dangerous information ... (view more)

Wed
05
Feb
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Facebook Messenger Kids Beefs Up Parental Controls

Facebook has given parents more ability to monitor their child's use of its messaging tool. The move follows criticism of Facebook producing such a tool in the first place. "Messenger Kids" launched back in 2017 for use by under 13s, who aren't ... allowed to use Facebook itself. The key selling point was that parents had to approve the contacts that the child could then exchange messages with. That hasn't always worked exactly as planned, as a glitch meant children could take part in group chats containing people who weren't approved or even that they'd blocked. Parents will now be ... (view more)

Thu
08
Nov
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Hackers Sell Stolen Facebook Messenger Messages

Facebook messages are being sold online for the equivalent of 10 cents per user. It comes as the company unveils an "unsend" feature for messages sent in haste. The message for sale follows a breach of Facebook last year when hackers were able to ... take advantage of a security flaw to gain access to 50 million accounts. Ironically the hack took advantage of a 'View As' feature that's meant to protect privacy by allowing users check which parts of their account and data are publicly viewable. 81,000 Users Hit By Message Leak The offer on a hacker forum claims to include details of some ... (view more)

Mon
29
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Fix: Disable, Delete Messenger 'My Story' Permanently

Infopackets Reader Samantha G. writes: " Dear Dennis, I use Facebook Messenger to send and receive text messages to my friends using my Android smart phone. One of the neat features Messenger offers is the ability to take a photo of yourself (or ... someone else) using filters. For example, there's a rabbit filter that puts bunny ears and a mouth on the person being photographed. I had fun with this one day and took over a dozen photos of myself using various filters. Unbeknownst to me, all of these goofy photos were automatically posted in the 'My Story' folder, where they were viewable to ... (view more)

Tue
09
Oct
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Facebook Launches Dedicated Screens

Facebook is launching dedicated devices for video-calling friends and family. While they have some impressive technology, it's a bold move from a company whose reputation on privacy issues is controversial to say the least. The devices are known as ... the "Portal" and "Portal+". They both offer some of the features of 'smart speakers' such as Google Home and the Amazon Echo, but the main function is for making video calls. That's reflected in the 10 inch screen of the Portal and the 15 inch screen of the Portal+. There's no charge for making calls on the devices as they work ... (view more)

Thu
12
Jul
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New FB, Messenger, Whatsapp Tools Prevent Scams, Fake News

Facebook is testing new tools to stop people being fooled by bogus messages. Meanwhile it's subsidiary "Whatsapp" is working on ways to stop hoaxes and other false information. The Facebook trial is for a series of tools relating to the direct ... messaging elements of the service, which includes messages through the website itself and via the dedicated "Messenger" app for mobile devices. The tools are aimed at messages which come from people or organizations the user hasn't previously communicated with, which carry a higher risk of being bogus than from genuine contacts. The ... (view more)

Tue
05
Dec
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Facebook Launches Chat For Kids - But is it Safe?

Facebook has created a special version of its Messenger tool for users aged under 13. Those are kids that are too young to use the main Facebook site (officially, at least). The core functions of Messenger Kids will be the same as the main Messenger ... app: users can exchange written messages in real time, or carry out video calls. There'll also be a range of "comedic" filters and effects to overlay on the video. One difference is that there will be no form of advertising whatsoever. There will also be some automated moderation tools that block users from sharing abusive content. Parents Must ... (view more)

Thu
09
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

'Windows Live Messenger 16.4', and 'Windows Live Mail 16.4'

Windows Live Messenger 16.4 Now you can bring your online conversations to life with Windows Live Messenger. It's free software that helps you make high-definition video calls and chat face-to-face with friends and family! It also lets you connect ... Facebook to Messenger, so you can instant message your Facebook friends even if they don't use the Messenger system. http://microsoft.com Windows Live Mail 16.4 Windows Live Mail is a free email management utility that lets you work with multiple email accounts, calendars, and contact lists, even when your computer is offline. Once you add your ... (view more)

Thu
29
Dec
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'Facebook Messenger for Windows 7 1.2.203', and 'Defogger'

Facebook Messenger for Windows 7 1.2.203 This software provides a chance to chat with your Facebook friends, right from your Windows 7 desktop, using the official chat client from Facebook -- before the final version is officially released to the ... public. You get instant access to notifications, friend requests, news feed, a Facebook ticker, Message Counter, and Search. The software even docks as sidebar. More info about this program is available from Facebook's website . http://dragon.ak.fbcdn.net Defogger If you use CD or DVD emulation software, you may have trouble getting accurate results ... (view more)

Fri
09
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

'Yahoo! Messenger 11.5.0.152', and 'Free Sound Recorder 9.3.1'

Yahoo! Messenger 11.5.0.152 Yahoo Messenger is a powerful web-based instant messaging (IM) program. It allows you to keep in contact with friends, family and co-workers, and also permits sharing photographs and video over webcam, making PC-to-PC ... calls, and more. http://messenger.yahoo.com Free Sound Recorder 9.3.1 Save the contents of a cassette to a CD, and listen to the songs in MP3 format using an easy-to-use interface. Free Sound Recorder is a simple, easy way to get started capturing audio on your PC. http://www.sound-recorder.biz This freeware software program is brought to you by ... (view more)

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