Digital Digest- 19th January 2018

WhatsApp launches separate app for small businesses 

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by Norah Spie 19th Jan, 2018

The Facebook-owned company has launched WhatsApp Business, an app that aims to make communicating with small businesses easier.

WhatsApp Business adds key features like dedicated business profiles for details like email address, business description, store addresses, and website; smart messaging tools like greetings, quick replies, and away messages; and metrics for how many messages were sent, delivered, and read.

For those who use a business number and a personal one, both the WhatsApp Business and WhatsApp Messenger apps can be used on the same device and registered with your different numbers. WhatsApp Business is also compatible with WhatsApp Web, the app’s desktop web browser client. Business accounts will be clearly listed as such. WhatsApp says over time, businesses that have confirmed their account phone number and matches their business one will receive a confirmation badge on their profile.

WhatsApp Business is free and available to download now for    Android users, though there’s no mention of an iOS release yet. WhatsApp Business is currently available in Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the UK, and the US, with a global rollout scheduled in the      coming weeks.

WhatsApp Business could be a big boom in developing nations, where more informal platforms, like WhatsApp, are used by small businesses to advertise, liaise and sell to customers.  WhatsApp is the second biggest messaging app in the world — second only to Facebook Messenger, which had 1.2 billion users as of late April.


Difference between Surface Web, Deep Web, Dark Web and Darknet

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What is Surface Web?
Quite simply, if you are reading this blog then you are exploring the surface part of the web. The websites, webpages and information that you find using web search engine like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. only portray that you are exploring just the surface of the web. Search Engines use the crawling process to index the webpages. Thus, the general public access only surface web. Now, let’s go little deeper.
Did you know?
4% of the content is only available for the general public in the entire ocean of the web.

What is Deep Web?
The content that you cannot find using the search engine is termed as deep web. For example– if you search for something specific in the search engine it will give you many links and you will only find the content that you are looking for after clicking those links. Every website has its own search box. Thus the search engine’s search is limited to navigate the website. It won’t give you the links that are deep inside the website even if your search is specific. You have to go through different websites to find the particular link.

In simple terms, there are places in web that cannot be accessed by search engines but can be    accessed if you have an address.

Did you know?
 96% of the content is only available in the deep web.

What is Dark Web?
The data that are purposefully unrevealed and is not attainable through any standard web browsers is termed as dark web. Dark Web is mostly used for illegal and nefarious activities. The content inside Dark Web is usually found using the Tor network.

Have you heard of the Silk Road? It is an online black market, infamous for selling and purchasing illegal drugs. It has been shut by authorities but keeps popping back up.
What is Darknet?
A different network that is encrypted and is created upon the existing internet is Darknet. It can only be accessed by using some specific configuration of the tools and software. Some of the popular darknet browsers are Freenet, Tor, GNUnet, I2P, OneSwarm, RetroShare, etc.

Two types of browsers are: i. Friend-to-friend networks (used for sharing files using peer-to-peer connection) ii. Privacy networks (such as Tor).

Darknet is mainly used for doing illegal activities- computer crime, Purchase or sell illegal goods and services, news leaks, mass surveillance, pirated movies, underage pornography, etc.


5 ways to clean up your Facebook News Feed                                   newsfeed

Get the news you want without the stuff you don’t want.

Has your Facebook news feed become a jumble of uninteresting or annoying posts that you skip over to get to the stuff you do care about? It doesn’t have to be that way. Facebook offers a handful of tools that let you weed out the stuff you don’t want so you can more quickly get to the stuff you do want. These tips are based on the  Facebook mobile app.

1. Hit the snooze button

Maybe your friend is over-posting about a new job, a new relationship or a new diet. If you want to hide someone’s posts temporarily, Facebook now lets you hide their posts for 30 days with its new snooze feature.

Just tap the triple-dot button next to the post of the person, brand, group or news outlet you want to banish from your news feed for 30 days and tap the Snooze option.

2. Hide post

If you want someone’s posts to remain in your news feed but with less frequency, you can tell Facebook to show you fewer posts from that person. Tap the triple-dot button next to one of their (many) posts and tap Hide post. That current post will be hidden, and you’ll see fewer posts from that person.

3. Unfollow someone
Facebook’s Unfollow option lets you stay friends with someone but stop seeing their posts in your news feed. Just tap the triple-dot button next to the post of the person you no longer want to hear from and tap the Unfollow option. You’ll stop seeing that person’s posts and he or she won’t know you are no longer following their Facebook activity.

4. Block/unfriend someone

The nuclear option is to unfriend someone. If you are ready to part ways with a Facebook friend, go to their profile page, tap the little down-arrow button and choose Block. Blocking someone will unfriend them, and they will no longer be able see your posts or tag you in any of their posts. They will not be notified that you unfriended them, but they still might see your name is no longer on their friends list.

5. Report a post
If you come across a post that you find offensive, you can report it to Facebook. Tap the triple-dot button next to it and tap Give feedback on this post. Facebook will give you a few options to describe how the post is offensive — violence, harassment, suicide or self-injury, hate speech and others. Facebook will review the post and remove it if it doesn’t follow the  Facebook Community Standards.

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