Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a flaw in WhatsApp and Telegram for Android that allows cybercriminals to modify or replace media files in external storage before they reach the intended recipient.
According to Symantec, the new security flaw which is dubbed 'Media File Jacking' affects WhatsApp for Android by default and Telegram for Android by default. The new flaw exposes media files and sensitive information on both messaging platforms which could be manipulated by malicious actors.
The Media File Jacking security flaw "stems from the lapse in between when media files received through the apps are written to the disk, and when they are loaded in the apps' chat user interface (UI) for users to consume," the Symantec blog read.
The time-lapse gives the opportunity for cybercriminals to intervene and manipulate media files and other sensitive documents without the users knowledge
"This critical time lapse presents an opportunity for malicious actors to intervene and manipulate media files without the user's knowledge. If the security flaw is exploited, a malicious attacker could misuse and manipulate sensitive information such as personal photos and videos, corporate documents, invoices, and voice memos. Attackers could take advantage of the relations of trust between a sender and a receiver when using these IM apps for personal gain or to wreck havoc," the blog report added.
Though WhatsApp and Telegram supports end-to-end encryption for voice calls and chats,`the security researcher revealed that attackers may however, be able to successfully manipulate media files by taking advantage of logical flaws in the apps that occur before and/ or after the content is encrypted in transit.
While files saved on internal storage can only be accessed by either WhatsApp or Telegram,the findings revealed that files saved to external storage are word-readable/ writable and could be modified by other apps.
WhatApp and Telegram Android users can mitigate the risk by disabling the feature that saves media files to external storage. Following the below procedures to disable media from saving to external storage.
For WhatsApp, go to Settings > Chats > Media Visibility. For Telegram, go to Settings > Chat Settings > Save to Gallery and then turn of the feature.
According to JoyofAndroid, Rooting your Android device gives you unlimited possibilities to play with. However, it’s not something that phone developers want you to do. It could be very dangerous for your phone and can cause irreparable damage.
When a device is not rooted, you can’t do anything wrong – mainly because the system is made so that it doesn’t allow you to modify any crucial files. When you root it and get ultimate control over it, it can be dangerous because you have access to stuff that you were not meant to have access to.
If you know what are you doing, it can be very useful and interesting. However, if it’s your first time don’t rush, and pay a lot of attention at what you are doing. There are a few methods of rooting an Android device, and we’ll talk about it right now.
Best Software for Rooting Android Device
Whether you want to root your device with or without using a PC, you will still need some software. After you have done certain “preparations” for rooting your device, the software will do the rest.
So, why different software? Basically, not every app supports every device. Or even the system version. Ones of the most popular apps are iRoot and KingoRoot for rooting by using a computer, and King Root and One Click Root App to root without using a computer.
If you are not sure how to root or which app to use, check out our guide about Best Android Root Software. It can help you a lot if you decide to root your software and all the steps are explained briefly and clearly.
How to Root Android TV
Besides being able to root mobile devices and tables, you can also root Android TV. That way, you can unlock Android TV’s full potential and, believe it or not, increase it’s RAM and actual performance.
Rooting Android TV is basically very similar to rooting a mobile device. You can also do it with King Root and One Click Root App. However, don’t try to root by yourself, especially if you have never done that before.
If using a computer to root Android seems too difficult for you, you can also do it without a computer. It all depends on which software you use.
However, you will still need to do a preparation process in which you make your device be able to be rooted. You will need to enable USB debugging and fully charge your device. Also, you should enable Unknown Sources since some apps might need to be downloaded outside Play Store.
And of course, don’t forget to backup all the necessary files and documents.
Rooting a Specific Android Device
If you are planning to root an Android smartphone that’s of the latest model, we strongly recommend reading our guides on how to root them. Latest handsets with the latest version of Android are typically unrootable but it doesn’t mean that these devices can’t be rooted. It will take some time before the apps and methods of rooting an Android phone include the latest versions of Android.
For now, if you have an old Android smartphone that you want to root, our wide variety of guides might be able to help you.
Benefits and Advantages of Rooting Android
You might be hesitant and thinking twice in rooting your Android smartphone, after all, you can potentially put irreparable damage to your device. Furthermore, rooting will void the warranty of your Android phone.
Other than that, rooting can be very useful and beneficial if done properly. Not only it gives you ultimate control over the device, but it also allows you to install custom ROMs and Recoveries. Most of all, it can and will speed up your device.
After its failed attempt with Google+ which eventually led it shutdown (Adieu!), we thought Google was done trying to get a share of the social network market. Well, the launch of Google's latest app called Shoelace shows it isn't done with social networking.
According to the search giant, the Shoelace app was made to help people with shared interest connect and as well find activities to do with these people. This app encourages people to meet and do activities in real life, rather than Facebook, Twitter, etc., which connects people on the web.
"Shoelace is a mobile app that helps connect people with shared interests through in person activities. It's great for folk who have recently moved cities or who are looking to meet others who live nearby," the shoelace website read.
The Shoelace app was built by Google's in-house incubator Area 120, with a mission to help facilitate real-world connection.
As per the website, Shoelace is great for people who just moved to a new city and don't know much people but are looking for people to meet. For now, the app is only available only in New York city, though developers are working on expanding the service to other cities across the US.
"While our goal is to bring Shoelace to cities nationwide, we've decided to focus our efforts on New York City at first," Shoelace website reads. "This will help us determine what works and what doesn't as we work to make the app available to more people."
To connect users, the app will ask for users interests and then recommend a series of "hand-picked" local activities which are called "Loops." Users can also create their activities and then invite others to join in.
On privacy and safety, Google assures users that their "safety and privacy" are taken "seriously at shoelace." The Internet giant went on to explain that members undergo verification to ensure that they attend Loop with people they want to meet and get to know.
"After installing the app, we ask each user to join a community-- which often require verification-- to ensure you only attend Loops with people you might want to know," the website said.
"We also work hard to make sure that everything you see in shoelace- from profiles to Loops- is aligned with our House Rules and community standards," the website added.
Apart from the geo-restrictions on Shoelace, the app, for now is invite-only. If you happen to be living in New York City, you can request an invite by filling up this Google form. The app is available for download for free on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store (via Test Flight).
A South Africa man who had the opportunity to become the first black man in the world to go to space has died in a motor bike crash.
Mandla Maseko, aged 30, was killed in Pretoria on Saturday, a family statement read as reported by local media on Monday.
Masekon was nicknamed "Afronaut" and "Spaceboy" in his home country after he won a international competition to get a space in the Axe Apollo Space academy. He spent a week training at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida in 2015.
Spaceby as he was called, had a goal to go into suborbital flight and experience how it felt to be weightless.
"I want to be able to float and see outside the windows and see this big round blue and white ball that i called earth," Maseko told the Associated Press during an interview in 2014.
Spaceboy who grew up in a poor township outside Pretoria, said that his role model was Nelson Mandela and that he drew motivation from him.
"He broke new ground by being the first black president in South Africa ... that was inspiration for me," he told the Associated Press.
However, the space flight never took place as the company organizing it, XCOR Aerospace, went bankrupt in 2017.
Though the space flight never took place as planned, Maseko kept striving. He was working as a part-time DJ and was a candidate officer in the South Africa Air Force, South Africa's Eye Witness News report.
Maseko also gave motivational speeches in South Africa. In 2014, he said "Defy gravity in everything that you do by shooting for the moon."
He said he wanted to motivate and inspire young people in Africa.
If you have lived a day in Nigeria, you must have experienced the agony of your phone suddenly developing wings. The frantic search through your pocket, bag and a complete overhaul of your house in a bid to find that tiny, little device that connects you to the rest of the world to no avail can take the excitement out of a sunny day, especially if this automatically means you lose all your phone contacts.
However, thanks to Android, you can now recover up-to-date contacts from their cloud service, even if you do not backup as often as you should. How? Jovago.com, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal guides you on how to accomplish this.
Sync your contacts
Before you can recover your contacts from your android phone, ensure that you sync your contacts. This will enable you to access your contacts with your email even if your phone is stolen.
After the website buffers, enter your Gmail username and password. You must use the Gmail account you used for your android smartphone. Like magic, you will find all your contacts.
Restore and download
You can restore your contacts to the last synced version. This is why your phone should be intermittently online. You will not lose any contacts as long as you sync your phone regularly. You can export all the numbers to your desktop. With the aid of a USB cord, you can transfer the contacts to your phone.
Wipe your phone
You can use Android Device Manager to remotely wipe your phone if you know you cannot get it back.
For BlackBerry users, simply log into another Blackberry phone with your email, you will get all your contacts back!
Glo have always been a major player in the Nigeria telecom industry. The company recently unveiled a new mouth watering offer, which it termed “Glo Amebo”. The offer is designed to give more talk time to customers. With this, the company will not only be known as the grand of data, but also the grand master of airtime.
What the Glo Amebo offer, is 5x the value on every recharge of N100 and above. This simply means, when you recharge a N100 airtime on your phone, you get a bonus of N500. Another amazing benefit of the offer, is that the validity is set between 14 – 30 days. With this, you don’t need to recharge your line all the time.
The offer is amazing for business owners, who are always on the phone talking. With this new and improve offer from Glo, you get the chance to take your business to the next level. While this may be a great offer, it is also necessary to keep in mind that Glo network is very poor in some part of the country. This is more common in the data and internet section of the company.
How To Activate Glo Amebo 5x Offer
If you are the type that loves calling and talking, then this offer is for you. Activating Glo Amebo 5x offer is very easy, all you have to do, is dial 555*RechargePIN#.
NOTE: The offer is open to both new and existing Glo customers. Also the offer can be enjoyed on any Glo prepaid plan so long as customer recharges with special code *555*rechargePIN# for physical recharges.
Glo Amebo 5x Offer
Main Account (N)
5X Bonus account (N)
Bonus Validity (Days)
As you can see from above, a N100 (Naira) recharge gives you N500 and it is valid for 14 days. That of N200, gives you N1000 and it is also valid for 14 days. The N500 offer is valid for 30 days, and comes with additional bonus of N2,500. The N1000 gives you N5000 bonus, and also comes with a validity period of 30 days.
Glo Amebo 5x Offer Call Rate
Local calls to All Networks 60k/sec
Calls to 5 Int’l destinations 60k/sec
SMS to All local Networks N20/SMS
Some Glo Amebo FAQs
What if I exhaust the airtime value in my 5X account?
All your calls, SMS and data will be charged to your main account unless you recharge again via physical recharge using *555*recharge PIN# to get 5X.
Can I receive the 5X value multiple times?
YES, you will receive the bonus on every recharge you recharge by using *555*rechargePIN# with physical recharges.
Can I accumulate my bonuses?
YES, each new 5X recharge you make will increase the total airtime balance in your 5X account.
Can I accumulate validity days?
NO, validity days cannot be accumulated. However, your 5X account validity days will be extended each time you recharge, depending on the recharge value. For example:
N100 recharge will increase your 5X account validity by 14 days
N500 recharge will increase your 5X account validity by 30 days.
How can I enjoy this offer on e-topup?
You will get the offer whenever you electronically recharge any of the followings amounts is topped up: N150, N250, N300, N400, N600, N700, N800, N900, N1200, N1500 and N4000. E-top up recharges other than the aforementioned will not get the bonus.
What if I electronically top up any other amount besides the 5X denominations?
Only the specified denominations (N150, N250, N300, N400, N600, N700, N800, N900, N1200, N1500 and N4000) will get the offer. Any other denomination electronically topped up will not get the offer. Also, airtime received through EasyShare or Borrow me credit do not qualify for this offer.
Will I get e-topup bonus if I buy the offer viw e-topup?
No. You will not get any additional e-topup benefit when you recharge through e-topup.
What if my 5X account validity days expire?
All your calls, SMS and data will be charged to your main account and any unused balance in your 5X account will be forfeited.
Will I be notified when my bonus validity expires?
YES, you will get an SMS notification at expiration of the validity days.
Can I share my 5X airtime value with another Glo customer?
NO, 5X value cannot be shared with or transferred to another Glo customer.
How do I check my 5X balance?
You can check your remaining 5x balance by dialing #555*5#.
9mobile has just introduced a new package to add to their prepaid plans. The new package is known as MoreFlex, formerly known as EasyFlex. This package is for those who love to have bundled voice, SMS and PAYG services. You get up to 300% bonuses on any moreFlex bundle you buy.
With 9mobile MoreFlex, you enjoy more value for making calls, sending SMS to all networks and as well browsing Pay as You Go. 9mobile MoreFlex is very easy to activate, just by recharging your line.
There are different bundles available for you to activate, which are MoreFlex 200, 300, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and more. You also get an extra 20% bonus when you buy a higher moreflex bundle within the same validity period.
Benefits Of 9mobile MoreFlex
Enjoy unbeatable voice, data and SMS offers on any of the moreflex bundles.
Flexible & variety of bundles to choose from. And also
Enjoy free incoming calls while roaming on selected networks in 10 countries when you recharge ₦5,000 & above within a month.
9Mobile Moreflex Tariff Bundles and Activation Codes
500 bundle cost
*344*500# activation code
7 days validity
1,000 bundle cost
*344*1000# activation code
14 days validity
2,000 bundle cost
*344*2000# activation code
30 days validity
To activate even more bigger packages, then dial the below codes;
Dial *344*5000# for the ₦5000 package (Extra bonus of ₦12,500).
Dial *344*10000# for the ₦10000 package (Extra bonus of ₦32,500).
Dial *344*20000# for the ₦20000 package (Extra bonus of ₦62,500) - All the packages have a validity of 30 Days.
How To Subscribe To 9Mobile More flex Package
Recharge your line with the required amount for your preferred package and dial *344*amount# for you to opt in a bundle.
And dial *344*0# to opt out from the bundle.
Meanwhile to check your balance dial *232#.
Tariff / Pricing Options
On/off-net calls @ 40k/Sec,
SMS @ ₦4,
MMS @ ₦100 and
pay as you go data @0.002k per kilobyte.
The first weekend for the month of July is here and we have different free Internet tricks to keep you guys busy this weekend.
Our free Internet trick for this weekend covers different regions Africa, Asia and South America. The tricks are undergoing test now for us to be sure that they are working. However, we hope to cover them all because the tricks are much.
While you wait for the free Internet configurations for your network, this weekend's free net trick will come in different configuration. Some tricks will be very fast, some slow because of the protocol that the trick will use.
Some of the tricks will work without the need for the user to subscribe to any social pack or promo. Others will heavily depend on those promos and social pack subscription tweak for it to work.
1. Any Sim card with zero data and call credit
2. An Android device, iOS or PC
3. Any tunneling app of your choice (Find link below)
4. The configuration settings
5. Patience for it connect.
Free Internet tricks HTTP Injector Safaricom, AnonyTun MTN, Vodafone Psiphon, TunnelCat VPN, South Africa Slow DNS,
Truecaller has just rolled out a free voice calling service which is officially called Truecaller Voice. Truecaller is one of the most popular app you can find in many Android phones today.
Truecaller blocks robocalls, telemarketers, and SMS. The app also identifies unknown calls. Over 250 million people use Truecaller for their communication needs, whether it’s for caller ID or for blocking spam calls and SMS. It filters out the unwanted, and lets you connect with people who matter.
According to the company, they said their Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service offers a clear, crisp and high-quality call even when data or WiFi coverage is low.
Truecaller said; “Integrating free calls into Truecaller on Android means fewer apps taking up space on your phone,”
According to stats by Truecaller, more than 180 million phone calls are being made through the Truecaller dialer app on a daily basis, and half of the calls are to other Truecaller users, which is the reason why the company decided to launch its own VoIP service.
How To Make Free Calls With Truecaller Voice
For quick access to make free calls, the Truecaller Voice icon has been integrated into convenient places within the app such as your call logs, SMS Inbox, contact profile and after call screen.
With this, users can access the VoIP call anywhere within the Truecaller app without switching to other applications. The service is currently available for Android users and will be launched for iOS users later.
In a nutshell, Truecaller now offers free voice calls to other Truecaller users. That is, any calls you are making from Truecaller, so long the person you are calling is using Truecaller, it will be free.