How to restore your WhatsApp account in case you lose your phone or its gets stolen

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How to restore your WhatsApp account in case you lose your phone or its gets stolen

Losing a smartphone in today’s day and age is nothing less than a nightmare. For, so much of our data, most accounts (including banks), digital wallets, photos, chats, emails and more is in this compact device. Losing the phone means, losing not just the device but also so much of this data.

However, in case you meet such misfortune there’s lot that needs to be done. One of this is also to ensure that no stranger gets hold of your WhatsApp account. As it has become one of the most important tools of communication for most of us. And now with WhatsApp Payments rolling out, it’s become all the more critical to make sure that your WhatsApp account does not get in the wrong hands.

Here’s an step-by-step guide that you need to follow in case your smartphone is lost or stolen to secure your WhatsApp account.

1. The first thing to do in this case is to lock your SIM card by calling your mobile service provider. Once you have done this, it will not be possible to for anyone to authenticate the account on that handset. This is because it is necessary to get an SMS or phone call to certify the account associated to your number. And since the SIM will be deactivated, the person who is in possession of your device will not be able to use it.

2. After getting your SIM locked, you can now activate your WhatsApp on a different handset. The fastest way to do this is to use a SIM card with the same number. Remember, WhatsApp can be activated only on one device at a time on a phone number.

3. Another option is to email the WhatsApp team. In case, you go for this option, include the sentence “Lost/stolen: Deactivate my account” in the body of the email, along with your phone number. Give these details with your country code. Also, remember to write your number exactly as you have it saved in your smartphone.

One more thing to note here is that WhatsApp can also be operated using Wi-Fi even if the SIM card is not present inside the handset so it is necessary to contact WhatsApp team and get your account deactivated. As it is also not possible to disable WhatsApp from any other device. WhatsApp is not able to find the location of the lost handset. Users have a 30-day window to reactivate this account. After a month, the account will be completely erased. In case your contacts send you messages during this period, they will remain pending, but will get erased after 30 days.

If you had backed up your chats using Google Drive, iCloud or any other cloud solution before your phone went missing, you might be able to restore your chat history.

 

It’s WhatsApp vs Paytm over digital payment in India, govt body says ‘follow guidelines’

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It’s WhatsApp vs Paytm over digital payment in India, govt body says ‘follow guidelines’

New Delhi: The umbrella body for all digital payments in the country and the one which manages the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) protocol, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on Friday cleared the air on the issue of “lack of fair play” in allowing WhatsApp to test a payment feature in India.

NPCI said that the full-scale public launch of the feature will be permitted only after the Facebook-owned platform meets all the required norms.

“Currently, NPCI has given its consent to roll out WhatsApp BHIM UPI beta launch with limited user base of one million and low per transaction limit,” said the corporation which developed the Bharat Interface for Money BHIM-Unified Payments Interface (BHIM UPI) sais in a statement.

“Four banks will join the multi-bank BHIM UPI model in phases (in the coming weeks) and full feature product shall be released after the beta test is successful,” the statement added.

Popular digital wallet platform Paytm on Thursday accused WhatsApp of flouting norms laid out by the NPCI and demanded a level-playing field for all UPI-based apps.

According to Deepak Abbot, Senior Vice-President, Paytm, WhatsApp has custom-implemented the UPI system which is not secure.

“Our objection to WhatsApp’s UPI payments system is not about competition, but fair play. The company has custom-implemented UPI to affect the platform`s core principle of inter-operability,” Abbot said in a statement given to news agency IANS.

However, the NPCI statement on Friday noted that broad principles for inter-operability like the ability to send and receive money through any BHIM UPI ID, intent and collect call, and read and generate BHIM/Bharat QR code are required in final BHIM UPI app.

“BHIM UPI enabled app which fulfils such principles only will be permissible for full-scale public launch,” NPCI stressed.

“We follow well-defined guidelines for BHIM UPI services with the objective of making our platforms inter-operable and based on open standards, convenient and secure, offering multiple choices to consumers for rapid adoption for digital payments through banks and payment ecosystem players,” it said.

Responding to the NPCI statement, a Paytm spokesperson on Friday said that it addresses their concerns of inter-operability violation, “though we feel that a product with the stated violations could have been tried out amongst a much smaller base.”

“We are still concerned that this statement is silent on the critical issue of safety/security of a financial transaction through UPI, where consumers need to mandatorily sign-in with username and password. This violation is fundamental and very serious.,” Paytm said in the statement.

“WhatsApp must implement login and password like all other BHIM UPI apps. This statement is also silent on other issues such as the requirement to send SMS notifications for every UPI transaction. We hope that future rollout will be fully compliant with all the guidelines. We wait to hear NPCI views on some of these missing aspects,” it said.

Paytm earlier said that WhatsApp had refuted the UPI mandate by not allowing customers to pay using Bank Account + IFSC or Aadhaar number and not issuing UPI Qrs.

According to Abbot, there is no “Request Money” feature or additional security measure like “App password” in the WhatsApp digital payment gateway, which is currently in its beta version.

Triggering the debate, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma had tweeted: “After failing to win the war against India`s open Internet with cheap tricks of free basics, Facebook is again in play. Killing beautiful open UPI system with its custom close garden implementation. I am surprised, champions of open @India_Stack, let it happen!”

“Microsoft did this to open web standards. WhatsApp is doing this to UPI, openly in front of everyone,” Sharma added.

His remarks came after WhatsApp rolled out the testing phase of its digital payment feature in India — a first such move globally — which will be officially rolled out to over 200 million Indian users in the days to come.

WhatsApp’s vice-president Neeraj Arora has already stepped down from the board of Paytm, a position which he had held since 2015.

Wireframe vs Mockup vs Prototype & Selection of Prototyping Tools

Wireframes, mockups, and prototypes are terms that are often used synonymously, and they are indeed quite confusing. This article explains what is hidden behind each term and provide helpful prototyping tools.

What are differences between wireframes, mockups and prototypes?

In a post on Designmodo, Marcin Treder writes:

“Confusing wireframes with prototypes is like assuming an architectural blueprint and a display house, are the same thing.”

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Wireframes, mockups and prototypes actually represent the different stages of design flow.

Wireframe, a low-fidelity way to present a product, can efficiently outline structures and layouts. Wireframe is the basic and visual representation of the design. Your wireframe design doesn’t need to focus too much on minutiae, but must express design ideas and should not miss any important parts.A wireframe is like a channel that helps team member understand their projects better.

Mockup, a kind of high-fidelity static design diagram, should demonstrate information frames and statically present content and functions. Unlike a wireframe,a mockup looks more like a finished product or prototype, but it is not interactive and not clickable. It is rather a graphic representation. This can be helpful, for example, to provide investors with a picture of how a finished product can be,and help team members review their project visually.

Prototype is already very close to the finished product. Here, processes can be simulated and user interaction can be tested. A prototype looks very similar to the finished product. Early prototyping can save a lot of development costs and time so that the work of back-end product architecture will not be in vain because of unreasonable user interface design. A prototype is an excellent tool to obtain user feedback and to test the product.

How can you choose a tool?

When you try new tools, you are always confronted with these questions:

• Is it worthy of spending your time learning it?

• How long do you need to adapt a new tool?

• How fast can you actually develop a prototype by using this tool?

Before deciding on a new tool, you’d better consider the following question:

• Is the tool used for creating prototypes for website, desktop or mobile apps?

• Do you want to develop wireframes, mockups or prototypes and what are your requirements for a tool?

• What are the functions you need when working with other developers or designers?

• How expensive is the tool and is it worthy?

In the following, I would like to present you some prototyping tools.

What tools are available for wireframes, mockups and prototypes?

Mockplus, Balsamiq Mockup for wireframes and prototypes

Mockplus

With Mockplus you can easily create mockups for mobile and desktop apps. Without any programming knowledge, you can also master this easy-to-use tool. By simple drops & drags you can create interactions. Its pre-designed elements, like pop-up menus, sliding drawers and picture carousels, are also worthy to be highlighted here. In addition, Mockplus supports team collaboration.

Mockplus allows you to quickly and easily create mockups

If you just need to make a wireframe, you can use Balsamiq Mockup. Its interface operation is simple, and wireframes made by it have a unique hand-painted style and simple lines. This tool provides various commonly used components, which allows designers to focus more on design, rather than on visual effects. However, when it comes to interaction design, Balasmiq is utterly useless.

Sketch, Photoshop and Illustrator for mockup

Sketch

Sketch is a lightweight, easy-to-use vector design tool that is very effective for designing mockup. Its disadvantages are: it don’t have dynamic or interactive functions, which is not conducive to perform product features and associated logic; it only supports Mac. Its features are that the hierarchical structure is in line with the prototype file; commonly used functions are complete, shortcut keys are reasonable and convenient; a variety of component libraries and templates are very rich; plug-in is easy to install and plug-in library develops rapidly.

Some designers majoring in visual design can use Photoshop and Illustrator to design prototype because of their habits and also make Photoshop wireframe. However, to operate the two is relatively difficult, for they are easy to draw mockups and flow charts but not conducive to make interactive design and not good at text caption and annotations.

Conclusion

These tools have their own pros and cons. Which tool is better depends on whether you want to design wireframes, mockups or prototypes. I mainly use Mockplus to design prototypes, for it’s easy to use and affordable. I hope this post and the prototyping tools presented here can help you.

Source : https://www.mockplus.com/blog/post/wireframe-mockup-prototype-selection-of-prototyping-tools/?r=grace-xt

10 Free Tools For Optimizing Website

Websites or web pages need to be optimised for more attractions and visibility. Search engines is a primary source to increase the traffic. For a SEO, friendly website, search engine webmasters need to follow certain guidelines. Certain tools are available online which can be used for optimizing websites and checking the visitors and search engines.

Here are the 10 tools which could help you optimize website:

  1. Google trends
    Performs keywords research using its trending searches, comparing trends by search terms, forecast, regional trends etc.
  2. Google Adwords Keyword Planners
    A free AdWords tool, keyword planner aids to get keyword ideas, search volume and traffice forecast for selecting better and relevant keywords.
  3. txt Tester
    It is a tool to test Robot.txt file. It helps to check the Robot.txt file in search console. It is the accurate way of test this files.
  4. HTML/ XHTML Validator
    W3C validator checks the markup validity of Web documents in HTML/ XHTML. It allows you to test various files in HTML/XHTML codes.
  5. CSS Validator
    Style Sheets are the basic validator for Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and HTML/XHTML documents with style sheets. Easy way to test!
  6. Structured Data Testing Tool
    This tool checks with Google that it can parse the data correctly and display in search results or not. Keeping a check on the display of structured data markup is important.
  7. Mobile Friendly Tool
    This tool helps to check the mobile adaptivity. It tests the website’s mobile friendly status.
  8. Page Speed Tool
    Page speed tool tests the insights of the websites in terms of the speed to load all the webpages. The loading of all the web pages needs to be fast in all the devices.
  9. Search Console
    Google Search Console is a free service provide to all the website holders to track their online presence on google search results. This lets you check your overall ranking on Google.
  10. Google Analytics
    Google Analytics helps you analyse visitor traffic and the flaws in the website due to which the traffic engagement is more or less.