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Whatsapp Is Now Available On Desktop

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Whatsapp Is Now Available On Desktop

If you are an avid user of WhatsApp like me, you would have wished there was a version of WhatsApp for PC. Guess what? There is now. WhatsApp has launched an official way to use WhatsApp on Desktop and I am going to show you how to use it.

However, before we move on to the official version, let me introduce you to a clever workaround found by App for PCs people. This has been around since January 2013 and allows you to use WhatsApp from PC using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. The idea is to download an Android emulator called BlueStacks that allows you to then use your PC as if it were an Android phone. This is much easier to use and provides a seamless experience. However, Bluestacks has a lot of errors that people run into, which is not surprising as it is an emulator.

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The official WhatsApp for Desktop application is not as good as the hack by App for PCs, but it does not require you to download any software. It is a web based platform and only seems to play nice with Google Chrome browser. Sorry Mozilla and Safari fan-boys.

In order to use WhatsApp on PC you need to visit their website at http://web.whatsapp.com/

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Once you go to that website, it will show you a QR code that you need to scan using your phone. You need to open your WhatsApp messenger, go to WhatsApp Web option which is located at various places based on which phone you are using. If you are a proud owner of an iPhone you are left behind this time. WhatsApp web is not available for iPhone at the time of writing this article. Our sources tell us they are working on it.

Once you have logged in, WhatsApp web will let you use WhatsApp from your browser just as you would use it on your phone. However, you need to make sure your phone is connected to the Internet and is turned on. Otherwise, it will disconnect your web session too. Doesn’t sound like too much fun? Think of your sore fingers typing using your tiny keyboard on your phone. It may be worth it.

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WhatsApp in a company blog post says, “Our web client is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device — this means all of your messages still live on your phone.” While this has some application, it is “meh” at best. It would be so much better if I could use my desktop-based WhatsApp even when my phone battery is dead. But that is not possible for now.

Nevertheless, it is good to see that a company that got $19Billion from Facebook is not sitting idle. The web interface is a right step towards future. iPhone availability of this feature would be next and a native desktop app would be the ultimate expectation from users worldwide. Till then, be happy using WhatsApp on PC using App for PCs method.

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Do you have any feature that you would like us to bring to the attention of Team WhatsApp? Please leave it as a comment below.

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Last Updated on November 25, 2021

How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

    What Does Private Browsing Do?

    When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

    For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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    The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

    The Terminal Archive

    While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

    Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

    dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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    Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

    Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

    However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

    Clearing Your Tracks

    Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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    dscacheutil -flushcache

    As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

    Other Browsers and Private Browsing

    Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

    If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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    As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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