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WhatsApp Scams and Tips to avoid them

WhatsApp Scams and Tips to avoid them

WhatsApp with billions of users and daily millions of downloads is free for everyone and all the rumours and scams that have been spread were fake. WhatsApp users shouldn’t believe messages, that tell them that WhatsApp is not free. These are nothing but a scam.

There are messages circulating which say that WhatsApp is going to shut down or that they are going to charge, but if you forward the message to all your contacts then your username will be registered. Some of these messages say that WhatsApp will charge you a fee of 25 dollars, they say that if you want it to be free, you should try to become a frequent WhatsAPP user and you can do this only by sending the message to 10 people and having frequent chats with 10 people.

If you get all such hoax messages then don’t believe them. It is evident in the messages themselves that the messages are fake! You should keep in mind that WhatsAPP users get registered for the application using their phone number and not their user name unlike with Facebook messenger.

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How to tell if a message or an app is a scam

You can find out if it’s a scam if you read the message very carefully. You should never fall prey to any such forwarded messages and not react to them. Those messages are meant to harm the image of the company and one should not believe them.

Now moving on to some other types of scams under the name of WhatsAPP: recently you might have come across this new application named “WhatsAPPgold” in your play store and thought that this is the better and new version of WhatsAPP for niche user’s. This new app is nothing but a scam using WhatsAPP as the name for the application to draw attention is one of the most common techniques such scams use!

Claiming it to be an exclusive version of WhatsAPP they got a large number of users in their net. All these messages and applications associated with the name of WhatsApp are not real but fake. These applications pretend to be the better and exclusive versions of WhatsAPP and try to get a big audience using the brand name of the already established messenger “WhatsAPP”.

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Avoid Downloading Suspicious Applications

All users must be completely aware that WhatsAPP will never launch any better version of the application without making an official announcement. All these applications can be risky to get registered with as well as to share any media files over these applications as they are not even authenticated. Downloading and getting registered to these applications will be a risk of privacy to the users because who knows where all the data of your important conversations is stored. It can even be misused. So try to download music and other files from trusted source. Here is a great mp3 music downloader, you can use this to download music for your android phones.

Everyone of us should be aware of WhatsAPP plus, too! WhatsAPP plus was never an improvised version of WhatsAPP, but it was a third party client which pretended to be the better version. WhatsAPP even banned users for around 24 hours from using the application on any of their gadgets and filed a case against What’sAPP plus for violating the terms and conditions of the third party client.

Many of the WhatsAPP users uninstalled WhatsAPP and started using WhatsAPP plus. But WhatsApp plus is illegal, and all such applications and messages should be avoided at all costs.

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WhatsApp viruses and traps

If you ever got a message on your phone which said that you have a missed call on WhatsAPP and a link is given below to know who called you, never click on the link because it may bring a virus to your phone. A person should know that WhatsAPP will never contact a user using any other source than WhatsAPP. You should be aware that these links and messages are nothing but hoax.

In case that you click on these links, you may even end up damaging your phone. Alertness is the only key to be aware and avoid such hoax messages.

There are many messages been forward mainly known as Chain messages which are been claimed to be sent by the CEO of WhatsAPP to inform the users about the recent updates and changes WhatsAPP will come up with in the near future. Please be aware that no CEO will ever use this medium to contact their customers or users to inform anything about their company.

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Do not forward any such chain messages to anyone. It is nothing but hoax messages. There are even incidences that the name of the CEO mentioned in the message you are forwarding is not even real. Many do not know but the real founders of WhatsAPP are Jan Koum and Brian Acton. Even they will never choose to communicate anything via messages.

Official announcements will be made if any new application will be launched by WhatsAPP and if any new update will be coming or even if WhatsAPP will ever in any circumstance become chargeable. A user should know that if there is no official announcement made on television channels by the company heads, then it is nothing but a hoax and you should not fall into the trap.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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