How to verify genuineness or originality of mobile phone?

Have you heard about the term IMEI or seen it listed on your phone’s original packaging. At first glance, it’s not really clear what exactly you are meant to do with it, or what the IMEI even is. So, what exactly is an IMEI number and how do you find yours?

verify genuiness or originality of mobile phone

How precious your mobile is for you?

My cell phone is very precious for me because it consists of almost all confidential data which is stored in my cell. So it’s a significant device which sole carries my entire details in its storage.

Do you use a simple old-fashioned mobile phone of without camera and internet facility or having a smartphone like Android or iPhone with latest uploaded apps along features?

We worth our usable items as per their price. So in that aspect, if we see around us then we get that almost 8 out of 10 peoples are using Smartphone because of its latest advanced features which help us to connect with the World 24×365. Your smartphone keeps all your significant data includes, the contact number, email address of your friends, videos, conversations, and images of yours.

Now just think for a moment that you lost your cell phone or it gets stolen. Within a second you shatter by visualizing that thought. Because now you are going to suffer more from its misuse apart from losing the data in your device.

In this situation, only IMEI can be your true friend which will help you from the misuse of your device by wrong hand. If you know the IMEI number of your device then you can easily take the help of mobile tracker services. By contact your network service provider and raise a request for blacklisting, to ensure that the person who stole your device is not being able to operate it.

What is IMEI?

The International Mobile Equipment Identity or IMEI is a unique numerical identifier for every mobile device typically found behind the battery. This number helps to differentiate each device from one another. For instance, if you take your device at service center they will track your device by using the IMEI to differentiate it from millions of same models of the similar company. A standard IMEI number is a 14 digit string, with an additional 15th check digit for verifying the entire string. There is also a 16 digit variation that includes information on the device’s software version, known as the IMEISV. The digits comprising the IMEI number represent the origin, model, and the serial number of the mobile device.

How to verify genuineness or originality of mobile phone?

IMEI number comprises of 15 digits out of which the initial 8 digits also known as TAC give a hint about the origin and model of the device. The manufacturer can be identified with the next 6 digits.
For example, the Google Pixel TAC code is 35-161508, while the iPhone 6s Plus is 35-332907. Some models have multiple TACs depending on revision, manufacturing location, and other factors, the iPhone 5C has a total of five different TAC codes. The six C digits represent your device’s unique serial number, and these are defined by the handset manufacturer.

 The last digit is the check digit. The D portion of the IMEI is a check digit that ensures the IMEI meets the allocation and approval guidelines. The check digit is the function of the digits prior to it.

The number consists of four groups currently, the IMEI’s format is AA-BBBBBB-CCCCCC-D.

The first set of numbers is the type approval code (TAC). The first two digits represent the country code. The rest make up the final assembly code. The second group of numbers identifies the manufacturer:

01 and 02 = AEG

07 and 40 = Motorola

10 and 20 = Nokia

41and 44 = Siemens

51= Sony, Siemens, Ericsson

The third set is the serial number and a last single digit is an additional number (usually 0) Check Digit of the entire model or 0 (This is an algorithm that validates the ID number).

How to find your IMEI?

There are a couple of ways to finding out your device’s IMEI number. One easy way by dialing *#06# from the same device and the IMEI will be displayed on the screen. If you have an Android or iOS device then the IMEI can be found in Settings too. On iOS head to Settings > General, > About and the IMEI will be displayed. Copying the IMEI is as simple as tapping and holding on the number. Android devices may vary, but generally heading to Settings > About Phone > Status should display the IMEI.

If you can’t access your device, there are other ways to find your IMEI too. You can locate the IMEI number of your cell phone either on the box, or printed inside the battery compartment. The retail packaging should have a label with the IMEI displayed. If your device has a removable battery, then the IMEI is often listed underneath the battery. Many devices have the IMEI printed on the back. Others, including the iPhone 6s and above, have the IMEI inscribed on the SIM tray. A Sony Ericsson mobile phone user can retrieve the IMEI by pressing the following key sequence: right,*, left, left,*, left, *, left.

How IMEI is useful for you?

As smartphones have become more readily available and more valuable they have become a target of thieves around the world or in case of lost your costly device. Under these conditions, the owner can use the IMEI number for preventing further use of the device. The owner needs to call the network service provider and inform them about the stolen or lost. The service provider can block the phone on their network and can also notify the other network providers. 

The SIM number identifies your subscriber account, while the IMEI only identifies the device. Law enforcement often keeps records of lost and recovered phones too, identified by their IMEI. Since there is no good reason to change the device’s IMEI, the practice is illegal in many regions.

While it may be illegal to change the IMEI of a device, it does happen. Thieves, in particular, will attempt to take non-blacklisted numbers and apply them to their stolen devices in order to make them usable again. For this reason, its suggested that you should never share or post your IMEI number online, or else you may find your device cloned.

Advantages of IMEI number

  • Restricting the instances of mobile theft

IMEI number is now a universally accepted measure. To restrict the usage of a stolen device and hence control the instances of theft, IMEI numbers have played a significant active role.
In countries like the UK, the operator can quickly transmit the message with IMEI number to the Central Equipment Identity Register, which subsequently floats it to all other network providers. Devices are blacklisted within 48 hours on all the networks.

  • Tracking the device

The owners can register with the Mobile Tracker service providers using their mobile numbers. Whenever the device is used with a different Sim Card, a notification is sent to the registered mobile number of the owner.

Best Way to Know Your Phone Better

Look at the 7th and 8th digit of your IMEI. These two digits will ensure your phone’s quality.

  • If 7th and 8th digits are 01 or 10, this indicates your cell phone is manufactured in Finland which is high quality.
  • If 7th and 8th digits are 13, this indicates your cell phone is assembled in Azerbaijan which is too bad and also dangerous for health.
  • If 7th and 8th digits are 02 or 20, this indicates your cell phone is assembled in Emirates which is very poor quality.
  • If 7th and 8th digits are 03/30 or 04/40, this indicates your cell phone is made in China but its quality is good but not good as 00,01 or 10.
  • If 7th and 8th digits are 05 or 50 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured either in Brazil or Finland or USA.
  • If 7th and 8th digits are 06 or 60 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured either in Hong Kong or China or Mexico.
  • If 7th and 8th digits are 08 or 80 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured in Germany which is fair quality.

Caution

The IMEI is a useful tool to stop a stolen phone from accessing a network being used. IMEI number is strictly related to the mobile device and has no relation to the user.
Mobile phone owners whose phones have been stolen can contact their mobile network provider and ask them to ban or shut off a phone using its IMEI number.

With an IMEI number, the phone can be banned from the network quickly and easily but swapping a SIM card will not stop a phone from being banned. So keep a record of your IMEI today now itself and never share it with anyone by mistake also.

How to read deleted WhatsApp messages which someone sent you?

The recently launched WhatsApp’s Delete for Everyone feature has given enough relieve to all of us from the discomforts of wrongly sent messages to someone. This new feature became popular instantly. Even most peoples observed a new kind of notification that the sent message was deleted where the feature aid users to delete a WhatsApp text within seven minutes of sending it.

read deleted WhatsApp messages

Is the deleted message really disappear from the phone?

But, Where there is an entryway there must be an exit way. Yes, as per the new report there’s still a way to see those deleted text messages from Whatsapp means there are way out in the feature where even after the sender deletes a text, it still can be read by the recipient as per a Spanish website Android Jefe. The Spanish tech blog has cracked couple of ways to retrieve the deleted texts which quite easy and simple. You can do it either with the phone settings or a dedicated app can be downloaded from PlayStore.

How to read deleted WhatsApp messages which someone sent you?

This new way out will let any WhatsApp user see the deleted texts through the notification log that still exists on the receiver’s smartphone it means if the message sent by another user has created a notification in the receiver’s handset then the message can be retrieved from the notification log of Android phone.

 But if the receiver was already active or online either in the chat with the sender or on WhatsApp then, in that case, there will no notification, hence the message cannot be recovered. So following are the two methods to recover the deleted message

Method 1

  1. Go to Google PlayStore.
  2. Download Notification History application.
  3. After installing, open the app and tap the WhatsApp icon in it.
  4. You can access all the Whatsapp texts there.

Method 2

  1. Long press on the home screen of the Android phone.
  2. Select the Widgets option.
  3. Scroll down to Settings widget in the list.
  4. Drag the Settings widget on the home screen.
  5. Multiple options will pop up and select notification history option.
  6. Once the log is open, all the texts of WhatsApp can be seen, along with other details.

Limitations of this application

There are certain limitations to the loophole but any person aware of the loophole can exploit it to see the texts, so you must cautious about your privacy.

  • Out of the entire message, only first 100 characters of the message will be visible.
  • Notification log saves message only for a certain few hours. So after a long time, messages might not be retrievable.
  • Only text messages can be recovered any images, GIFs or even documents, audio or video messages, if deleted by the sender will display the usual message “This message was deleted” and will be permanently deleted.
  •  Somehow if the user runs any cleaner on the phone then the messages will be unrecoverable even from the notification log, because then they will be permanently deleted.

Cautions

iPhone and iOS users are safe from this loophole as there is no application that registers notifications. The trick worked on an Android device as for mobile phones with ‘pure’ Android, the settings widget is already added to the home screen and you will get the notification registry from there. Allegedly, these methods work only with Android 6 (Marshmallow) or higher.

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Be a true Indian to celebrate children’s day

Children….‘Future of the country’

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru once said “The children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country”.

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Children’s Day is celebrated on the 14th of November in India as a tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru, who was born on November 14, 1889. Jawaharlal Nehru, who was fondly called Chacha Nehru or simply Chachaji, was known for his love for children. Apart from his role as a freedom fighter and politician, Pandit Nehru has left behind a legacy of education and development of children in the country, and November 14 is celebrated as a tribute to him. On this day, chocolates and gifts are often distributed among children, while schools organize different cultural events such as debates, and music and dance performances. After Jawaharlal Nehru’s death in 1964, it was unanimously decided to celebrate his birthday as Bal Diwas in the country due to his love and affection towards children.
So, up to this, I’ve shared those common aspects of Children’s Day about which we all Indians are well aware of since our childhood, now let’s focus on Today’s India’s situation regarding children.

Crime data shows that every day 290 children in India are victims of crime, with trafficking, sexual violence, and forced labor increasing fourfold in just two years

According to the National Crime Records Bureau, offenses against kids have increased fourfold in a span of two years. “Children are among the most vulnerable groups in the country. Be it, victims of sexual assault, kidnapping or murder, children below 12 years have a higher abuse rate as they are more vulnerable,” said a police official. Delhi Police crime record reveals that every week more than two children report sexual assault.

A total of 89,423 crimes against children were reported in 2014. The number went up to 94,172 in 2015 and 1,05,785 the next year. Between 2014 and 2016, the number of crimes recorded under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) went up from 8,904 to 35,980 – a fourfold jump.

According to UNICEF violence against children can be “physical and mental abuse and injury, neglect or negligent treatment, exploitation and sexual abuse. Violence may take place in homes, schools, orphanages, residential care facilities, on the streets, in the workplace, in prisons and in places of detention.” Such violence can affect the normal development of a child impairing their mental, physical and social being. In extreme cases, abuse of a child can result in death.

As per the recent survey conducted by the humanitarian aid organization, World Vision India revealed this May that one in every two children is a victim of sexual abuse. The survey was conducted across 26 states of the country and covered 12-18 years age-group. It is estimated that children below 12 may have higher abuse rate as they are more vulnerable.

This is true and sad. The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has been doing a ‘Satyagraha’ for the last eight days. We want the Central and the state governments to draft a law ensuring that within six months the perpetrator should be given the death penalty.

‘Recently a one-and-a-half-year-old and a seven-year-old girl were raped in the Capital,’ said Swati Maliwal, chairperson of DCW.

Senior police officials said children are the vulnerable target of abusers as the victims usually fail to identify the accused and they easily escape. Crime analysis showed that in most of the cases, the abusers had managed to gain the trust of the kids before committing the crime. Also, in most of the child abuse cases, it has been revealed that the accused were known to the victim.

Speaking to Mail Today, Nitisha, a child rights activist said mostly such incidents remain unreported. ‘If all the cases were reported, then crime record would shoot up.’

Sources in National Commission for Protection of Child Rights said about 53% of children surveyed, confessed to having faced sexual abuse in some form or the other in their lifetime. 

How safe are children in India?

The National Policy for Children, 1974 declared children a “supreme national asset.” But, the last survey by the government on child abuse revealed that nearly 70 percent children faced physical abuse and about 50 percent were sexually abused.

The recent gruesome murder of a 7-year-old boy in the Ryan International School at Gurgaon in Delhi was enough frightening news for all parents.

The group that manages Ryan International has more than 300 schools across 18 states in the country and abroad. The attempted sexual assault and murder of the class II boy at Gurgaon is the second shocking crime reported from the Ryan International school premises in Delhi-NCR. Last year, another child (6-year-old) died of drowning in the Ryan International School’s water tank at its Vasant Kunj campus in Delhi.

There have been several reports of child abuse in schools from all over the country. However, there is no specific law passed by Parliament to deal with the crime against children in schools.

The True Picture of India

Child abuse has many forms: physical, emotional, sexual, neglect, and exploitation. Any of these that are potentially or actually harmful to a child’s health, survival, dignity, and development is abuse. Child abuse in India is often a hidden phenomenon especially when it happens in the home or by family members.

Intra-family abuse or abuse that takes place in institutions such as schools or government homes has received minimal attention. This may be due to the structure of family in India and the role children have in this structure. Children in India are often highly dependent on their parents and elders; they continue to have submissive and obedient roles towards their parents even after they have moved out of their parental home. This belief that parents and family are the sole caretakers of the child has proved to have negative effects on child protection laws and strategies.

Numbers of cases of child abuse in the home are hard to attain because most of these crimes go unreported. Societal abuses that are a result of poverty such as malnutrition, lack of education, poor health, neglect, etc are recognized in various forms by the Indian legal system. But India does not have a law that protects children against abuse in the home. Mal-treatment of caregivers has the potential to emotionally and mentally harm children to a very different degree.

While returning home form your work schedule when you spend your precious hours by stuck at the traffic jam, by holding your phone in hand and the poor kid stares at you with this hope that you may give him few bucks. Because the poor kid has been ordered by his senior gang that at anyhow he must collect that much-said amount from that particular area and until he will handover that said amount to his senior, he will not be allowed to have any food for that day.

Yes, this is how their life is going on, now if we wish then we can stop this system or child crime by many ways which we all know but unfortunately, we cant find out the way to act for that noble cause.

India is waiting for our Awakening

Now after my highlighting the worst conditions of our nation’s children many peoples will think ‘whats new in that – as every day, we come to see such painful news in all news channels and newspaper. Surely I’m saying nothing new for you may be but I as an INDIAN can do many such things which I think you also can do in your daily life and for which you shouldn’t wait for another 364 days when the calendar will tell you today is 14th November and you must gift some chocolate to a poor roadside kid because you want to share that pics to your social media by gaining the generosity from others and surely the voting of LIKE.

 Sorry friends! Stop doing all these show-offs because now we all turned so materialistic that our self-esteem also doesn’t shrink in front of that poor kid who doesn’t know what is the significance of 14th November and why you giving him the chocolate on that particular day because when next day on 15th Novembethe same poor kid after seeing you while crossing the zebra crossing at traffic point will stretch his hand towards you with this hope that you may give him chocolate again and exactly at that moment you very smartly avoid him by showing your business with your android then where has your ethics gone?

YOU CAN DO MANY THINGS

  • You are spending your uncountable hours in the traffic jam every day then why not spend 15 minutes with a poor kid every day?
  • You can easily spend Rs.5 on a poor kid by giving him a Parle-G biscuit, don’t give them chocolate because their hunger needs more in quantity than that small chocolate bite instead give them a bread or biscuit or a fruit or a full plate meal of simple (roti and daal) bread and curry.
  • Give your used clothes and nursery books to the kid for his usage so that at least he begins to learn the alphabets.
  • Keep eyes on that particular poor child so that you can measure the improvement of that poor child.

Caution….

  • Don’t ever give money in the hand of poor kids because that money will be snatch by his elders instead, feed him a cake, biscuit, bread or fruit.
  • The poor kid will not ask you as per his choice able items so you have that freedom of spending money on his food and he will surely enjoy that food with his utmost satisfaction.
  • Spend your 15 minutes with that orphan poor kid who is really in need of that particular one hand of love and care, maybe your hand is waiting for that orphan.
  • Don’t rely on the third party for the noble cause of donation like the NGO because who knows where your donation goes its a total uncertainty instead believe on self-action and starts to help a particular poor orphan kid and see the result after a year because charity begins from home.

Don’t feed a poor child once in a year on 14th November, because its a common practice to distribute gifts like clothes, toys, and books to orphan children on this day, instead, feed a roadside beggar kid every day then only in real mean you are celebrating Children’s Day and then only You can proudly say with loud that yes, I’M A TRUE INDIAN. One more thing don’t do it with the intent of gaining voting for Like. Do it for your own MIND SATISFACTION, HEART SATISFACTION & SOUL SATISFACTION, then you will surely satisfy your NATION with utmost pride of holding the emblem of a TRUE INDIAN. Save the child’s future then you will save the Nation and also can save your self-esteem

JAI HIND!!!

How to protect your nude photos in Facebook?

Facebook asking for nude photos to protect users

Revenge porn is one of the latest online problems

Would you deliberately send your nude photos to Facebook? As the company is insisting it needs them for your own protection!

protect your nude photos in Facebook

Hope the news is enough to freak out you and it sounds very unusual but its fact now. Let me explain you with example say you have a spiteful ex who decides to embarrass you by posting a nude photo made in private because often we have seen that within the relationship, couples after break up with the intent of taking revenge decides to humiliate her in society by posting the nude images of his partner. So to stop this revengeful attempt Facebook took the initiative by taking the bold step which sounds strange. Its a viral in the society which seemed difficult to come up with a solution but Facebook first time brings out an amazing brilliant solution which sounds like utter madness but its actually a worthful remedy for ending up this crime for forever.

With its billions of users, Facebook is one place where many offenders aggress because they can maximize the harm by broadcasting the nonconsensual porn to those closest to the victim. In the US 4 percent of internet users have fallen victim to it, and 10 percent of women under 30 have had someone threaten to post explicit photos of them online against their will, according to a study by Data & Society. Revenge porn is a growing issue in Australia where studies suggest that one in five women aged 18-45 may have been victims.

Send nudes and Facebook will protect you against revenge porn

Facebook says if you send the photo to the company first, it will make sure it never shows up on its site as it is part of a way to prevent someone from posting the photos online as a form of revenge porn. “It would be like sending yourself your image in email, but obviously this is a much safer, secure end-to-end way of sending the image without sending it through the ether,”

The social network has developed an anti-revenge porn system that uses artificial intelligence to recognize and block specific images and is primarily testing it in the UK, US, Canada, and Australia but spreading to other parts of the world soon.

Who will control the system or procedure?

The system has been piloted in Australia with the help of the eSafety Commissioner to allow people to be proactive in combating revenge porn. Rather than waiting for intimate images of themselves to appear online, users can take pre-emptive steps to block the appearance of specific images. It is described as an “emergency option,” and it’s something that is likely to be used by celebrities, or by people who find themselves in a position where they fear revenge porn is likely.

“The safety and well-being of the Facebook community is our top priority and we’re using image matching technology to prevent non-consensual intimate images from being shared on Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Groups and Messenger,” said Antigone Davis, Facebook’s head of global safety.

How it works?

Facebook says once user sends the image via Messenger, it will use technology to create a digital fingerprint or link of the picture which the company can then use to identify the same images if they are uploaded by someone else mean that same naked picture will never show up on Facebook, even if a hacker or an ex-tries to upload it.

  • Users wanting to take part in the scheme must first complete an online form on the Australian e-safety commissioner’s website.
  • Then they need to message themselves their nude photos via Messenger and the safety commissioner’s office will notify Facebook of their submission.
  • Once Facebook receives this notification, a specially trained representative from their Community Operations team reviews and hashes the image, which creates a human-unreadable, numerical fingerprint of it.
  • They store the photo hash – not the photo – to prevent someone from uploading the photo in the future. If someone tries to upload the image to their platform, like all photos on Facebook, it is run through a database of these hashes and if it matches they do not allow it to be posted or shared.
  • Once they hash the photo, they will then notify the person via the secure email provided via the commissioner’s website and ask the person to delete the photo from the Messenger thread on their device. Once the person deletes the image from the thread, they will delete the image from their servers.

But can you trust Facebook?

The company says “They’re not storing the image, they’re storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies. So if somebody tried to upload that same image, which would have the same digital footprint or hash value, it will be prevented from being uploaded.” According to digital forensics expert Lesley Carhart, who said it’s not that simple to completely delete a digital photograph.Yes, they’re not storing a copy, but the image is still being transmitted and processed.

Facebook will use work differently and can be used to fingerprint photos and videos in a way that’s resilient to such changes.

Who is ready to share their nudes with the Facebook employee?

Facebook says that in actual fact an employee — an actual human being — will have to review the nude images that are sent in. Mean those intimate photos that are uploaded in an attempt to gain protection against revenge porn will have to be manually checked by human eyes to determine whether they do in fact fall into the category of revenge porn. The employee would be part of Facebook’s community operations team and would be “specially trained” to view such uncensored images.

So I would like to request all users that if they feel comfortable while sharing that privacy with their partners through the medium of Facebook then they should rely on the service of the Facebook for the protection of their confidentiality in the social media.

WhatsApp Live Location – How to share location with your contacts?

 Johny Johny!

Yes, Papa

Coming Late?

No, papa

When do you’ll come back?

Within 10 minutes Papa

Telling lies?

No, Papa

Open Your Whatsapp Live Location!

OMG! Smart Papa

Ha! Ha!! Ha!!!

Where are you, darling, waiting for you since an hour?……… Ops! Here I’m just on the way, will arrive within 15 minutes…..

Son where are you, it’s almost 10 pm and we are waiting for you at dinner?……… OMG! Dad, I’m just on my way, will arrive soon within 10 minutes….

We are accustomed of such replies from our closed ones like spouse and children also from friends and peers when they are travelling alone and we are anxiously waiting for their come back at home or at any particular place of meeting and when they very smartly skip their exact returning time from their present location because of fear and embarrassment from their closed ones.

Now no more lies we will be taken for granted because of our most friendly app of our daily life, Whatsapp now brings us a new amazing feature through which you can share your live location with someone on Whatsapp. Now, this feature has been there on Google Maps for quite some time, but will certainly grasp more usage now what it is on Whatsapp.

The Live Location sharing feature can be really handy and useful when you traveling alone or in an emergency situation then share your location with your closed ones. For instance when your boss is waiting for your presence for the projection of your project in the board meeting room with other employees of the company and exactly on that day you got stuck in the heavy traffic jam then without getting the fear of the humiliation in public at the conference room, you can easily share your specific location with your boss by sharing your Live Location In Whatsapp. So in this way, your boss will also cooperate with you without misunderstanding your cause as fake or real by connecting with you at Direct Whatsapp Live Location feature.

Earlier too, apps and internet companies have incorporated social location-sharing as a feature. On Uber, one can share trip status with a contact, which lets them track the cab’s movement in real time. This June, Snapchat launched a location-sharing feature called Snap Map.
With this new feature that’s designed for short-term use, you’ll be able to share your location with a group or in a private chat, letting people know where you are while you’re on the go. As many peoples have the habit of throwing fake location, so in this way now you can trace the exact location of that person, without asking him about his location by watching him directly in Whatsapp.

How to share location with your contacts?

Now I will explain you the procedure of sharing your location with your contacts or in a group.

Step 1-Open a chat of an individual or a group. Tap on Attach (a file symbol). In that, you will find the “Location”. Then click on “Share Location”. (Tap Attach  > Location > Share live location ). The screen looks like below.

WhatsApp Live Location

Step 2-In next step, it will show your exact phone location using Google Map. Then click on the option “Send your current Location”. That’s it.

WhatsApp Live Location - Send current locationBy default, you can share your location for 15 minutes, 1 hour or 8 hours. Choose one of the options, add any comments (if you want to) and click Send.

However, if you want to share your location for a specific time, you can simply click Stop Sharing when it’s no longer required. For example, If you want to share your location for one hour, you can choose ‘1 hours’ from the default options.

How its different from the current feature?

With the new “live location” a user can choose to let a contact or a group trace their location or movement on a map in real time for a defined window of time. This is different from the current “share location” feature which shares a static location. However, like the static location, live location too will only be visible to the contacts or groups one chooses to share it with. As WhatsApp already allows you to share your location, but that’s only your present location, as a one-time share. That’s helpful for telling someone where to come, for example, but less useful if you want someone to be able to see how far away you’ve reached.

As of February 2017, WhatsApp had 200 million monthly active users in India, making the country its largest market. WhatsApp product manager Zafir Khan told that they try to solve the rendezvous problem in such scenarios where the live location is useful, Your location is shared at the chat level, which means you can share your live location in a one-on-one WhatsApp conversation or a group chat.

The adverse effect of this new feature

This new feature works wonder when you are traveling alone or in an emergency situation and wants to connect live with your closed ones. However, WhatsApp is peeping into your location continuously which has given birth to certain concerns like..first, it is certainly not safe as your live location is highlighting on the internet. Second, if WhatsApp ever compromises the data, just like what OnePlus did recently, things might get into trouble. So better play with it safely. Users can still choose to share a one-time, static location if they prefer.

Notable aspect of this new feature

  • With live location sharing, the location is dynamic and updates in real time, even after you leave the WhatsApp app. You can share your location to another person, to let a family member know where you are on your commute home, or to a group chat so your closed ones can see how far away you are from them.
  • This feature is fully opt-in and is temporary in nature.You can manually stop sharing live location data within a chat at any given time. A new option in your Account Privacy settings will give you an overview of all WhatsApp chats you are sharing your live location in at the time.
  • To check if you have this feature, open any chat either a group chat or a private chat and tap the attach button. There will be an option to select the duration when sharing your location. In case you don’t have this option, the feature isn’t available for you yet.
  • You can view the location of users sharing their live location with you in a map view, and you’ll see the names of the users along with a timestamp to show the freshness of that data.
  • You can switch to a Satellite/ Terrain view of the map if you desire, and even see live traffic data as an overlay, which sounds pretty convenient if you are waiting for someone.
  • In a WhatsApp group, you can bring up the group info and see all users that are sharing their location with the group at that point in time which sounds very useful if you’re trying to coordinate a lot of people and of course, any of those people can choose to stop sharing their location anytime.

How does it confront against the rivalry

Whatsapp Live Location sharing application is pretty similar to Telegram, while Facebook Messenger service lets you choose locations with users in real time, but only for one hour at a time. Apple’s iMessage lets you share your location with users for an hour, until the end of the day or indefinitely.

Google Maps the most likable app to be using when driving out to meet someone in an unknown address – added real-time location sharing features earlier this year. Google Maps users can share their location with others for anywhere between 1 hour and ‘permanently’, though Maps uses links to share your location, which can then be shared further with others without your knowledge, raising privacy concerns.

Influence on battery life?

As per the Whatsapp management, there are few special techniques to help conserve your battery when sharing live location. So it takes into account a number of different factors such as,

  •  How long you’ve been sharing your live location, whether someone on the other end who you are sharing with is actually looking at the map, your current battery level.
  •  How often to get a location update from your phone because by being intelligent about that we can help conserve some battery,”

Caution….

Its surely an advanced move towards technology but many of us may think that it interrupts our PRIVACY, but I think if you see the positive outlook of this feature then you’ll like it rather by feeling it as an interruptive way in your private life.

The location is secured in the same way as other WhatsApp messages it’s end to end encrypted, and the only persons able to see your location are the ones you have opted to share your live location with. As the location is an intimate piece of information, so the option to ‘stop sharing’ is prominently displayed.

There is always a good and bad effect in every aspect of the good invention. So in future, more and more people will use this feature but be one of the usages of it in the right way nor for the intent of any ill act or violence in society.

Share it with your closed ones so that they could aware of your present status or when you want to let your loved ones know that you are safe.

Refer our recent post related to Whatsapp:-

How to link Aadhaar with Mobile without visiting stores or retailer?

Earlier to link Aadhaar with your Mobile number, you have to visit the stores or retailer. This seems to be cumbersome for few who are old age, unhealthy or for few who are busy. Hence, to help such people and to enhance the process to next level, now Government introduced the process through which, you can link Aadhaar with Mobile without visiting stores or retailer.

Aadhaar Linking to Mobile Phones online

 

Three ways to link Aadhaar with Mobile without visiting stores or retailer

Our government has introduced three new methods, including through one-time password (OTP), to ease the process of linking the 12-digit Aadhaar identity number with individual mobile numbers. As per the Supreme Court’s order regarding linking of Aadhaar card with the mobile number and re-verification process of mobile users, the Department of Telecommunications introduced three new rules – through one-time password (OTP), App based and the interactive voice response (IVRS) facility, to link the Aadhaar with the mobile number.

Actually, its an effort taken by the Government for improving comfort by depleting the time and energy spent by the consumers for processing the service. The deadline for linking Aadhaar to various government schemes would be extended till March 31, 2018.

As per the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) though it will take a little time to implement the directions still they are working nearly with the Government to improve and enhance the convenience of their consumers for undertaking Aadhaar based e-KYC linking with the mobile number.

Communication Minister for State Manoj Sinha said “The Aadhaar number system was designed to allow all residents of the country access to critical government services and important information that they may need from time to time. Mobile penetration is increasing rapidly in the country and the subscribers need to be provided with the ease of linking of the Aadhaar number with the mobile number.”

How is it helpful?

In our busy schedule of life, we often ignore our responsibilities towards our nation as a citizen and that’s the reason our Government has made it easier to follow this whole process when the subscribers don’t require to visit any telecom service providers’ stores for linking the Aadhaar with their mobile number.

Also, the Department of Telecommunication has recommended the telecom companies to complete the verification process at subscribers’ doorstep so that it could be easier for Senior citizens and physically challenged peoples along with chronic illness.

DoT has asked the telecom companies to provide an online mechanism for people to request such service and based on availability schedule the visit and complete the procedure.

The privacy cautions by DoT

  • In regard to the consumers, privacy concerns the Department of Telecommunication declared that the Subscribers can verify or re-verify their mobile numbers from anywhere in the country irrespective of which service area their mobile connection belongs to,”
  • Also, it has strictly instructed to the telecom service provider’s agent that they shouldn’t access to the subscribers’ e-KYC data and only the name and address of the subscribers should be visible.
  • DoT had given instructions to the telecom service providers to provide iris or fingerprint-based authentication of Aadhaar and the telecom service providers must deploy iris readers for this purpose within a reasonable geographical area.
  • The Supreme Court had directed the Central government last year in February 2016, to re-verify the phone numbers of all mobile phone users in the country within a year. By following that order, the DoT had asked the telecom operators to verify all phone numbers through the Aadhar eKYC process.

Protest against this process

Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refused to link her mobile number with Aadhaar. She said: “We will not link mobile with Aadhaar. If we do not have a mobile connection for that, so be it. I challenge that I will not provide my Aadhaar number even if my connection is stopped. I don’t care.” The Chief Minister said linking of Aadhaar with the mobile number was a breach of the right to privacy and the government was trying to intrude into people’s personal life and curb their freedom. “This means even a private conversation between a husband and a wife is going to be tapped,” she said.

My perspective……

The process has raised some contradiction about the security concerns among people and it’s quite obvious. Peoples feels quite insecure about this procedure because many times it has been found that we are not ready to share our personal mobile number with our peers then how could it be possible to share our confidential number with the Governmental informative data.

Aadhaar card is our Governmental identity and the mobile number is our confidential telecommunication so by linking the both now it’s being easier for the Government to fetch out our confidential speech with our closed ones.

Although neither I’m judgemental nor biased about this whole procedure because our Government had forward with many such steps for the betterment of our Nation and to stop the corruption like to act on Demoneytisation then GST which may be seemed a hurdle for the timing but its really a great relieved for forever crime and corruption.

So I hope maybe tomorrow this Aadhaar card linking with our mobile number may end up much such hidden corruption which till date suppress under the crime world.