WhatsApp’s Latest Backup Feature Lacks Encryption

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WhatsApp is used by people across the world as it provides a cost effective, reliable, and secure communication channel. Ever since WhatsApp introduced its end-to-end encrypted chats, it has become a very private messaging platform, one that ensures that the contents of your conversations are only known to you. Just recently, Google partnered with Facebook (WhatsApp’s owner) and released a feature that allows WhatsApp users to back up their conversations on their Google Drives.

It sounds like a great way of preserving your chat history and not having to keep too much stuff on your device, but the downside to this feature is that WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption does not apply to any backups made on your Google Drive account. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of this, even after WhatsApp has officially announced that their Drive backups are not protected by encryption. Now, being unencrypted does not necessarily mean that anything you backup on your Drive will be unsafe, Google Drive has a pretty secure and reliable setup thanks to it being on Google’s servers.

After hearing this, most people will feel quite safe about leaving their backups on Google Drive, even if they do not offer encryption, but you should keep in mind that since the contents of your Drive are not encrypted, they could be accessed and viewed by Google. People who are concerned about their privacy are definitely going to find this unnerving as corporations are known for accessing their consumer’s personal information for analytical purposes.

If you are someone who is worried about their privacy then WhatsApp’s latest backup option is going to leave you torn between a reliable and easily accessible storage solution and keeping your conversations away from prying eyes. WhatsApp is going to be graced with this feature on the 12th of November, but if you are not planning to make use of it, then there are other ways to back up your conversations as well.

A secure and long term solution can be to store your conversations on an external hard drive, these things have long life spans and cannot be accessed remotely, but then again, investing in an external hard drive could get expensive and only the most zealous privacy fanatics would be ready to make such an investment just to safeguard their WhatsApp conversation backups. You could also encrypt your computer’s hard drive for a more affordable solution.

However, if you think about it, WhatsApp’s latest partnership with Google is giving a pretty great offer, you get a peace of mind that your data is completely safe and you do not have to pay anything at all. The only people who will have an actual problem with this backup solution will be the ones whose conversations contain sensitive information that they really would not want anyone to see. So far, a lot of people have shown delight at this announcement and are eagerly waiting to start making the most out of WhatsApp’s soon to be latest feature.

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A Look at Disney’s Announced Streaming Service

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Disney has always been a huge force in the international entertainment industry, what started out as nothing more than a cartoon company has now turned into a massive, multinational organization that has its fingers in pretty much every honeypot that the entertainment industry has to offer. Disney is always set on expanding and further diversifying its range of services and products and it now has its eyes set on entering the direct-to-consumer streaming video market that is currently being led by Netflix.

According to the company’s CEO, Disney’s video streaming service is going to be the company’s biggest priority in the coming year, which says a lot given the fact that Disney works on such a massive level. We know that Disney’s platform is being developed to provide Netflix with direct competition and holds its ground against a number of other popular streaming services as well, we also know that the platform is going to be called Disney Play.

Disney plans on releasing a number of exclusive projects in the coming year in order to give people a reason to come over to their platform, we know that a remake of The Lion King will be released on the platform, along with a live action Star Wars series, Toy Story 4, and many other unofficial projects that are being worked on by Disney’s various studios and partners. By the looks of things, Disney plans on introducing its platform with a sizable bang that will have many people rushing over to it.

Disney is not going to be drawing people in with great exclusives alone, Bob Iger (Disney’s CEO) also confirmed that Disney Play’s subscription will have a smaller price tag as compared to Netflix’s packages. Disney feels confident that their platform’s financial appeal and attractive content is really going to help them penetrate into the market. Furthermore, Disney is also confident about the sheer level of quality that they can offer thanks to their ownership of many fan loving titles, including Star Wars and Marvel.

While Disney is going to be emphasising a lot on exclusivity, they currently do not have any plans to take down Marvel and Star Wars titles from other existing platforms as they do not want to upset a portion of their fan base that is already invested in other similar platforms.

There is still a lot that we do not know about Disney’s latest project, however we can expect it to be big and its planning on making things difficult for Netflix. Also, we know that Disney has made substantial progress with their platform’s design and development. We can expect to see Disney Play sometime in 2019, while there will not be as much content as what Netflix has to offer, Disney is promising that their collection will be loaded with quality and will obviously expand over time.

Streaming platforms have had a major impact on the entertainment industry, while Disney was slow on catching up, they are determined to give all of their competitors a run for their money.

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All Access: Microsoft’s Console Financing Program

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Gaming has become incredibly mainstream over the past few years and companies such as Microsoft are really trying to innovate and diversify the industry so that more people can experience it. While gaming has become a common hobby, it certainly is not cheap, game developers are rapidly pushing the limits of what software they have on hand and are producing increasingly realistic video games. While this is great for the gaming industry, it also means that hardware quickly becomes outdated, resulting in people having to invest in a new console after every 3 to 4 years.

In order to keep up with the software, console manufacturers have to regularly update their devices, these updates also translate to console prices going up on every release. Microsoft has supposedly come up with a solution to this problem that they have named All Access, the company just confirmed that they are planning on releasing a service that will let people rent out Xbox One consoles on monthly basis and then eventually end up owning the console after renting it for about two years.

Microsoft will charge a monthly fee of $22 for an Xbox One S and $35 for an Xbox One X, the rented consoles with come with online features and users will be able to eventually claim complete ownership of the console. This service sounds great and can really make the latest consoles highly affordable for many people out there, however, there is a pretty big issue with Microsoft’s All Access.

In order to get a console through this service, you will need to go to an official Microsoft store, which are quite rare. Very few areas in the US have official Microsoft stores, which will make the All Access service rather hard to access for many people out there, but we can hope that Microsoft has plans to eventually make this service more widely available by either opening up more stores or by making the service available at third party stores.

Microsoft states that it wishes to make gaming more accessible for people through this service, however, according to their sales figures, this is not the only motive behind this decision. The Xbox One has had very bad sales as compared to Sony’s highly popular PS4, in fact there is almost a 50% difference between both company’s console sales. One could say that Microsoft is trying to encourage people to buy more Xbox Ones before they have to begin working on releasing their next generation console.

There are already rumours about the next generation of consoles nearing its reveal date, and by the looks of it, Microsoft is hoping to wring as much money out of the Xbox One line up before it becomes a dated console. If Microsoft continues their All Access service for whatever they release next, then they just might be able to get a better response from gamers and even lessen the massive sales gap that they currently have between their own figures and their competition.

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