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Old May 14, 19, 4:10 am
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post
Already updated.

I've not used WA for voice that much.

Viber is also a good choice if you need to call real numbers. Really dirt cheap calling rates. I bought $5 credit through the iOS App. Store over a year ago and I still have almost $4 left.

They also offer a Viber number, which could be based in any country. But it's not as good a deal, they want like $5 a month for it.
Thanks for the idea of Viber. I am looking into it.
At the present time, I have a Canadian and a US number at a virtual service that take voicemail and forward it to my email or can be call forwarded to any North American number with 500 minutes per month for $25. So the Viber $5 per month makes a lot of sense to me especially the SMS to app service. If I can port the number over then it will be a bonus.
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Old May 14, 19, 5:08 am
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If one also needs real numbers and real number functionality then OnOff is actually the best solution, it is huge in France and some other Francophone countries, but world in a totally different way and offers numbers in dozens of countries.
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Old May 14, 19, 12:04 pm
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I use Localphone for a US number, charges me 99c a month plus call costs if forwarded to another number. My volume is very, very low so this works well.
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Old May 14, 19, 1:21 pm
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post
Already updated.

I've not used WA for voice that much.
The vulnerability (CVE-2019-3568) has been around for at least months (possibly longer) and does not require the recipient to do anything other than receive (not necessarily answer) a voice call. The record of a missed call can be erased if the attack is successful.

From a security perspective, this kind of vulnerability is as serious as it gets. No interaction from the target and arbitrary code can be executed on the target device. And there is evidence it has been exploited for some time in the wild.

That’s one reason why my security-conscious and paranoid friends are not using WhatsApp. Was it deliberate or a mistake? A closed code base means it isn’t open for public review so no one can say.

I’m not saying I agree with them or their compromises. But it’s hard to argue today.

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Old May 14, 19, 4:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Calchas View Post
Thatís one reason why my security-conscious and paranoid friends are not using WhatsApp.
What do they use?
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Old May 15, 19, 4:06 am
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Originally Posted by hfly View Post
If one also needs real numbers and real number functionality then OnOff is actually the best solution, it is huge in France
Really? Huge? I live in France and have never heard of it. I asked some younger people and they too hadn't heard of it. Whatsapp or iMessage is what most everyone here uses. That said, OnOff looks interesting and I may try it out. It seems it would be useful in very remote areas that only have 2G coverage. 4G is nearly everywhere here though so I'm not sure of a compelling case for France. Africa is another story!
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Old May 15, 19, 4:16 am
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Dunno, I know a lot of French people who use it, seems like it's been extremely popular in the App stores in France and have read a good amount in the French Press about it. It is a paid app and is NOT a free app as you are in effect buying multiple real numbers with real functions whether in your actual country or others, but also has the same features as Whatsapp of you are "in network" and is a huge cost save for those who regularly maintain several GSM numbers.
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Old May 15, 19, 8:14 am
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Originally Posted by Calchas View Post
Is there another product you use instead? Or you just stick with SMS?

I find myself using plain old iMessages and Signal more often now. Still plenty of WhatsApp users around though.
I just use iMessage and SMS. Nobody in the US has ever asked me if I have WhatsApp. My friends who live overseas all have iPhones so iMessage works fine. Sometimes they message me on Facebook but I don't have Facebook Messenger either so it can take a while for me to realize they've messaged me.
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Old May 15, 19, 11:40 am
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What is the updated WhatsApp software ?

2.19.134 is what I have on Android
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Old May 15, 19, 2:52 pm
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Originally Posted by gfunkdave View Post
I still never use WhatsApp. I had it on my phone for a while but never used it even once.
WhatsApp is very useful if you use a service such as Verizon's Travel Pass when traveling abroad. I use my US number to make local calls when I'm out of the country, however, most people abroad have to pay international calling charges when calling me back or texting to my US number. Using WhatsApp enables them to call or text me toll free.
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Old May 15, 19, 5:14 pm
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Originally Posted by LAXlocal View Post
What is the updated WhatsApp software ?

2.19.134 is what I have on Android
That.
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Old Oct 29, 19, 6:51 pm
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Why WhatsApp is pushing back on NSO Group hacking

An interesting Opinion piece in the Washington Post by the head of WhatsApp:
In May, WhatsApp announced that we had detected and blocked a new kind of cyberattack involving a vulnerability in our video-calling feature. A user would receive what appeared to be a video call, but this was not a normal call. After the phone rang, the attacker secretly transmitted malicious code in an effort to infect the victim’s phone with spyware. The person did not even have to answer the call.

Now, after months of investigation, we can say who was behind this attack. Today, we have filed a complaint that explains what happened and attributes the intrusion to an international technology company called NSO Group.

How can we say this with confidence? As we gathered the information that we lay out in our complaint, we learned that the attackers used servers and Internet-hosting services that were previously associated with NSO. In addition, as our complaint notes, we have tied certain WhatsApp accounts used during the attacks back to NSO. While their attack was highly sophisticated, their attempts to cover their tracks were not entirely successful.
Here's the ad-infested (9 ads for 15 paragraphs of text) full article: Why WhatsApp is pushing back on NSO Group hacking
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Old Oct 29, 19, 6:54 pm
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Originally Posted by RatherBeOnATrain View Post
An interesting Opinion piece in the Washington Post by the head of WhatsApp:
Thanks for posting. If you google around, there are plenty of other sites reporting this. Like the Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...tivists-phones
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