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Beware of Scammers! 5 Quick Tips to Spot a WhatsApp Scam Message

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been flooded with several scammed messages lately, be it about demonetization, free recharges, or unlimited data or voice calls. Almost everyone uses WhatsApp, and some or the other time would have received such tempting forward messages from friends.

Scammers have opted WhatsApp as the platform to try on their malicious activities and affected the users and their personal information. Most often these long forwarded messages offering free services specially comes with a link, clicking on which is highly risky for the users.

However, most of us have received such hoax messages and have fallen prey to them by clicking on the link that comes along with the message. Which in turn indicates that the cunning scammers have trapped a lot of WhatsApp users tempting them with free offers. Considering the growing number of such scammed WhatsApp messages, we at GizBot have come up with 5 simple tips to follow to protect yourself from such messages.

FREE and UNLIMITED Messages are Usually Fake Most WhatsApp messages stating to offer free and unlimited services are usually fake and shouldn't be trusted upon. For instance, considering a recent message said to be sent by BSNL and Airtel offering unlimited 4g data, free voice calls and more is absolutely fake and should be ignored.

Check For Spelling Errors Well, authorized messages will be accurate and there will not be any spelling error. However, if there is any in a forwarded WhatsApp message, there is a high chance that the message might be a scam. Beware.

Is there a Link? Usually, an official forwarded message will nor have a link, and just in case if it has, checks for the link. For instance, in the recently circulated BSNl unlimited offer message, the link mentioned was http://bsnl.co/sim, however, the official BSNL website's URL is http://www.bsnl.in/. Hence this indicates that the message is a spam and shouldn't be entertained or further forwarded.

Confirm With Official Source Before believing any such WhatsApp messages stating that a telecom operator is offering unlimited and free services, the first thing that should be done before relying on such messages is to confirm with an official source, websites or any other.

Avoid These Kind of Messages WhatsApp messages promising free recharge, unlimited services, forward this to 10 WhatsApp users, WhatsApp shutting down and more should be ignored completely.

 

Best Offline Android Apps: Helping you go through the day without internet!

Today, with the technology advancements that are taking place in India, mobile data and Wi-Fi come very easily. However, there are times, when you are on the way back home, travelling out of town, in the end of your monthly data cycle or just want a lightweight app for your needs without worrying about myriad notifications. Basically, there are lots of great lightweight apps that work offline too and can make your life much easier! So, here are some apps that work offline just as well as it works online.

U Dictionary

As such, whether accommodating to a life in a new city, learning a language or simply wanting to check the meaning of a few words it's always useful to have a dictionary app at hand. Having recently won the award of one of the "Best Apps of 2016" from Google Play Store India, U Dictionary English Offline app, certainly stands out among the group as a comprehensive and authoritative one. U Dictionary is a very lightweight app and takes up less than 5 MB space including extra download of one offline language pack. The app has many languages to choose from, such as Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and many more. U Dictionary is an app that features a pretty cool user interface and is primarily designed for those that enjoy popular culture and need to look up a reference or those that don't speak English natively. So, whether the user is a professional, student, traveller, or other, U-Dictionary could be the best choice for them at work or at home!

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Google Maps

This is the most common app used by many to navigate across cities, towns and move from one point from another. Although Google Maps tends to work better when connected online, providing real time updates, the app also has an offline feature. You can use the offline maps to search, get directions and use navigation without an internet connection. You can do it by just visiting the Offline areas tab in the settings menu. From there you can download full city maps, including Google's excellent navigation system, for use without internet.

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Pocket

Pocket is one of the best apps for saving things for later. It is also one of the most popular offline reading apps on the Play Store. You can save any articles, videos, and other content you find online to your device, then read it offline later. The app syncs across your phone, tablet, and computer so you can come back to it whenever and wherever you'd like, even when you're offline. You can save to Pocket from pretty much anywhere, including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

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Kiwix

Google Play describes it as "The whole of Wikipedia on your device!" As such, Kiwix is an offline content reader which can be used to download and browse Wikipedia as well as other sources such as Ubuntu documentation, WikiLeaks, WikiSource, WikiVoyage, etc. It is a light weight android App with easy to use interface. It also provides search option to find a specific content.

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Netflix

Netflix is one of the world's best subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies on the phone. Users can watch Netflix on one device, and resume watching on another, covering TVs, game consoles, tablets, phones, Blu-ray players and set top boxes. Recently, Netflix launched a new version of their app that allows users in India to download the videos and watch them on the go, without having to pay extra apart from the usual monthly subscription fee.

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Chat smart! 12 tips that will make you a WhatsApp expert

WhatsApp has become a lifeline for almost smartphone user since its launch in year 2009. It is the most popular chat app in the world and has over 1 billion monthly active users. But while a lot of people use WhatsApp, not everyone is keeping track of all the new features the app has got in the last several months.

In fact, since the beginning of this year the number of features coming to WhatsApp has grown at a rapid pace. Nowadays, almost every two weeks there is a new WhatsApp feature. So what does that mean for you, the WhatsApp user? You are probably not using WhatsApp in a very smart way. But worry not, we tell you some tips that will help you get most out of WhatsApp. To start with, 10 tips.

1. Tag people in group chats: Refer to someone in a group chat with a mention by typing the "@" symbol and selecting the person's name from the pop-up list. When you mention someone in a message, a notification will be sent to that person.

2. For iOS users: WhatsApp has recently rolled out several updates for its iOS users like using Siri to send a message or make call. When receiving a phone call, you can answer it quickly with the new full calling screen. To answer, tap to Accept or drag the slider. A new widget has also been added to the app that lets you jump to a recent chat or see which chats have unread message. Also in your iPhone Contacts app, you will have the option to make a call or send a message directly with WhatsApp. iPhone users can also forward a message or content to multiple chats at once.

3. Tap to speak: Don't want to type those lengthy and boring messages? That's fine. WhatsApp has a feature to help you deal with this. Simply, press the 'mic' button in your keypad and now dictate your long messages to the app.

4.. Find out who has read your message in a group chat: Not everyone reads a message at the same time in a group chat. And those double blue ticks, they appear only when the message has been read by all in the group. So now you can know who has read your messages and who hasn't. Just tap and hold on the message, and then tap the Info option. You will see the message details like the exact time it was delivered and read.

5. Reply to a specific message: Do you have a friend who quick fires messages? Like one question and then before you can answer that, another question. To make it less confusing, you can answer the specific messages. Press on the message you want to answer, select the 'reply' button, and then type and send your response. It will appear with the original message so that the context is not lost.

6.. Create shortcuts for important contracts: You can create shortcuts for your important contact on your phone's home screen. All you have to do is go the contact's chat window > Settings > More > Add Shortcut. You can now see the shortcut on your phone's home screen.

7.. Stylise your messages: You can add some style — or highlights — to your messages using bold, italics, and strike-thrus. For e.g. *Hi * for bold, _Hi _ for italics and ~Hi ~ for strike-thrus.

8. Mute the noisy group notifications: Continuous messages in a group can be a annoying. Here's what you need to do to mute those irritating notifications. Tap on a group name > tap on Mute and then select how long you want to mute the group

9. Broadcast live feature: With festivals coming you may want to send a message to several friends at once. You can do this using this feature. Go to the Chats screen, tap on the menu button and then 'New broadcast' to choose the contacts you want to send the message. So party on Friday? Invite all your friends with single message.

10. Send a map of your location or nearby places to let someone know where you are or suggest a meeting place: To do this, tap on the share icon and then send your location or search for a place. Your GPS should be turned on before you send the location.

11. Personalise your WhatsApp: You can change the wallpaper of your WhatsApp. You will find this option under settings.

12. Search your WhatsApp chat history: You can search for a precise message in your chat thread. Go the contact's screen where you want to find the message. Tap the option button > Search > Type the text you are looking for. The app will fetch in the search term along with the conversation it came in.

Source India Today