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    Is WhatsApp safe for companies? They are not GDPR-compliant, so rather look at Self-Hosting

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Tuesday, 5 October - 17:35

A study conducted by the technology company Guild showed that almost half of UK workers (41%) admitted to using the messaging app for work. And even though WhatsApp has penetrated the corporate space due to its popularity, companies are in search of a more reliable secure messaging platform.

Italy’s data protection agency contacted the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) in order to demand clear information over WhatsApp security. Besides that, some Indian and multinational companies have even issued advisories to employees asking them to use WhatsApp with caution and stop using the platform for critical business calls, as reported by Economic Times.

Yes it's well worth considering rather self-hosting something like RocketChat, Matrix, Elgg, or similar that does not attract the heavy subscription costs, and you have 100% own control over all data.


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    Your WhatsApp account can be suspended by anyone who has your phone number... Because it still uses phone number verification and has a bug

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Monday, 12 April, 2021 - 17:28

Yes it's partly an oversight on Whatsapp's side ie. they should not disable the whole account, just the new device. But phone numbers are often known, so it is quite easy to sabotage someone's account this way. Good services like Threema and others won't even require your phone number or e-mail address, so it is basically impossible to cause mischief.

Yet another reason why you want to always be sure to have a secondary or more service as alternatives.


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    Here is a full breakdown of WhatsApp's conditions of service changes with comparisons to the old original conditions with explanations

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Thursday, 25 March, 2021 - 14:03

First time I have seen this detailed breakdown.


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    Telegram 7.4 makes it easy to migrate your WhatsApp chat history for iOS users

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Thursday, 28 January, 2021 - 07:07

Of course some of us have already deleted our WhatsApp accounts, but I did actually backup a few of my chats, so I'll be trying this out when it gets to Android.

Even if you are an iOS user who has deleted your WhatsApp account, this will still work for any chats that you did export.


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    WhatsApp does not seem to understand that our Metadata is part of our Privacy, not just the message Content

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 15 January, 2021 - 08:30

It really seems that WhatsApp does not understand what privacy means at all. My data about my location, my IP address, my presence, who I contact and when, etc is all part of my personal data. It is not just the content of my actual message.

The fact that it is collected is one thing, but that they want to share that with other Facebook companies and affiliates is unacceptable. They either don't understand that at all, or they are trying to deflect us away from it. It's a good thing Apple started warning its users about this practice. The metadata is what has been making Facebook worth a fortune with advertisers and selling that metadata to "analytics" companies. My recent YouTube and LBRY video shows how much metadata we leak just by visiting websites.

Much of this metadata continues to be collected if you have the app running on your devices. My WhatsApp account was deleted a week ago... and I'm alive still. Sorry to say too Facebook has broken so many promises around privacy over the last decade that it just cannot be trusted any more.

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    A WhatsApp Poll I Ran Showed Way Higher Engagement On Mastodon (Twitter Alternative) Despite Fewer Followers And I Have A Theory

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Thursday, 14 January, 2021 - 08:51

On Twitter I have 774 followers after 12 years of use, and on Mastodon I have 538 followers after only 3 or so years. I post the identical posts to both networks at the same time, and respond on both. Yet I see noticeably more engagement, queries, comments, etc on my posts at Mastodon. This poll had 136 votes on Mastodon but only 25 votes on Twitter. It got 12 reshares on Mastodon and 1 on Twitter. Both polls had the same hashtags and #DeleteWhatsApp was very busy on both networks.

My theory is that on Twitter an individual's posts get largely drowned out by adverts and promoted posts, and of course the algorithm that shows "top posts", whereas on Mastodon users only see who they are following giving more visibility to a user posting...

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  • 14 January, 2021 ericbuijs

    I've never been on Twitter but from what I've seen the difference can also partly be explained by the way people interact with it. Twitter seems to be largely populated with people that use it to only promote themselves and read some news and therefore are not the least interested in any conversation. On the Fosstodon instance where I hang out the number of self-promoters (he look at my awesome video or blog post) is very low and can be considered spam by the moderators. I noticed that people on Fosstodon love interaction.

  • 14 January, 2021 Danie van der Merwe

    Yes you may have put your finger on it there... just lots of pushing on Twitter.

  • 27 January, 2021 melmc

    I also find this to be true. I also find more substantive interaction on Mastodon/Pleroma than on walled gardens Gab and Parler.

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    For users new to Telegram there are many features to explore that they never had on WhatsApp

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Saturday, 9 January, 2021 - 10:03 · 1 minute

It's worth noting some interesting and useful features that Telegram has and this is by no means a full list.

  • Easily migrate contacts and chats to a new phone number, or just use multiple numbers.
  • Silent send if you do not want a sound notification on the receiver side, or schedule a message to send later - both assessed by long pressing on the send button. Great for night owls.
  • Can use usernames and be found by username whilst keeping your phone number private.
  • Upload multiple profile photos.
  • Very large group management (up to 200,000) provides numerous moderation tools for group owners, more so than WhatsApp does which is why many communities choose to use Telegram.
  • Desktop clients for Windows, MacOS, and Linux do not need the phone connected at all. Great for if you have lost your phone, the battery is flat, or you don't want to use mobile data.
  • There is also an alternative Telegram X mobile app for testing new features. You can have both running but set notifications only for one otherwise it will drive you mad.
  • Open API for integrating with other applications - useful if you want a business system to interface with Telegram to send out status updates, messages etc to users who subscribe. This is all free.
  • Secret chats leave no metadata on the cloud servers (so won't sync across devices).
  • Deleting a message leaves no trace on the remote side, and no 'message deleted' indication.
  • Customise the look - there are detailed options to customise all facets of the interface.
  • Bots - can automate many functions in channels and some even interface with business systems or other applications. I have a channel which retrieves my posts from an RSS feed and posts them into my Telegram channel.
  • Share your live location to discover users and groups nearby - but be careful with this one and disable when not in use.
  • Connect through a proxy server to get around regional restrictions.
  • Pin messages in groups or channels.
  • Channels are for unlimited numbers of subscribers so are ideal for organisations (or individuals).


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    Seeing friends and ex-colleagues flooding onto Telegram now from WhatsApp - Did you know Telegram has bots for managing help desk and other interactions?

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 8 January, 2021 - 11:35 · 1 minute

It is certainly a wake-up call to Facebook that their users don't really need them or Whatsapp as there are good alternatives available, and I'm impressed to see so many users putting their words into action.

Telegram (yes I know there is Signal, Briar, Wire,Threema, and others) has some particular strengths around large group management, 100% deletion, silent or scheduled sending, channels, and also its bots.

There are numerous automated bots to automate all sorts of things that allow end users to interact via the bot. The one linked below is just an example, so I don't endorse it specifically. This one performs a help desk function. Most bots are free to use but as Telegram has APIs you can also get any developer to develop a custom bot for your organisation, or because many existing ones are open source, you can have it adapted to even integrate with your existing trouble ticket system. Telegram also works without a phone, so even desktop users can use the services.

I set up a Telegram channel for myself and have a free RSS bot fetching my blog posts from my RSS feed and posting them in my Telegram channel - no programming was required.


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