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Week Ending: April 19th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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This week’s I.T. and technology roundup looks at how WhatsApp is preventing users sharing potentially incriminating and embarrassing messages and how Google is putting procedures in place for customers to control their spending habits. Let’s dive right in…

WhatsApp to prevent screenshotting potentially embarrassing messages

Privacy is always a hot topic due to GDPR rules, regulations and ever-increasing data breaches. As a result of this, WhatsApp plan to make it harder to screen shot incriminating messages that are meant for private conversations.

A future update could make it harder for users to screenshot messages as long as the user implements specific security mechanisms. Users will have to input and scan their finger print before they can take a screenshot of the message.

Although the security measure doesn’t really protect the sender, this will also give the sender time to re-think and ‘unsend’ their message.

Read more on this story via the Metro.

Google to help customers budget

Google wants to help users avoid overspending on its app store, Google Play. If you’re drawn in by the latest app and the next trend, Google Play will soon let you set a budget on the app store to curb unnecessary spending on apps and limit the in-app purchases which you don’t need.

The new feature is enjoying a slow roll-out phase, but Google is confident enough to unveil it to certain Android handsets and to have the feature present under the “account” section.

When users buy from the store, they will receive a notification of how close they are to their budget. Of course, Google won’t actually stop customers purchasing once their budget limit is met; that’s up to the customer.

Find out more about Google’s new feature here.

A major security flaw has been found in EA origin gaming client

Electric Arts’ PC gaming platform, Origin, has been found to have a huge vulnerability in its security. The flaw allows hackers to trick users of the service into implanting harmful software on the system, such as malware.

The compromised Windows version has been installed by tens of millions of gamers. By running the program on any Windows desktop, when users click on a custom link, this allows hackers to run certain commands on the customer’s system. The link doesn’t actually need to be clicked for the hackers to execute the malicious software; the script can open the problematic link when users click even on an unrelated page.

EA has advised customers to make sure that they’re running the latest, updated version to combat this. Mac users are safe as the hack is said to have not affected this.

Discover more on the story via Tech Radar.


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