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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 February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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