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WhatsApp rolls out ‘Fingerprint lock’ feature on Android

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If you use WhatsApp on Android then there’s finally some good news about security.

The Facebook-owned app has now begun testing a fingerprint lock feature which means your messages stay blocked even if your phone’s home screen has been left open.

Once this feature is activated, users will have to scan their finger before the app launches and reveals your private conversations.

This setting has been available on the iPhone for some time with users able to block access to WhatsApp until their identity has been verified by the Face ID scanner.

Switching this option on means your messages are kept more secure especially as there’s the ability to have this setting on at all times.

iPhone users can currently set WhatsApp to need verification immediately or after a set time such as 1 minute, 15 minutes or 1 hour.

It seems on Android, users will have three option which includes the ability to ‘automatically lock immediately, after 1 minute and after 30 minutes.

Although this update has now been pushed out to beta testers there’s no word on when a global launch will begin.

You can check to see if your Android phone has this feature by heading to WhatsApp; Settings; Account; Privacy; Fingerprint lock.

The news of this security upgrade comes after a shock flaw was recently discovered in this popular app.

According to the team at Check Point Research, the issue could allow cyber attackers to intercept and manipulate messages sent in both private and group conversations.

One of the reasons this issue is so serious is that, if exploited, it could give attackers the power to create and spread misinformation from what appear to be trusted sources.

The firm said that they revealed some of these vulnerabilities to the Facebook-owned app late last year but the problem still appears to exist.

There’s no word from Facebook on why these issues haven’t been addressed although WhatsApp has fixed one vulnerability which enabled threat actors to send a private message to another group participant disguised as a public message for all.

In a post on its blog, the Check Point team said: “Following the process of Responsible Disclosure, Check Point Research informed WhatsApp of its findings. From Check Point Research’s perspective, we believe these vulnerabilities to be of the utmost importance and require attention.”

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Photos: Family, friends, associates celebrate Sam Sam Jaja at 70

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Social distancing and isolation as a result of the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic have almost stifled celebrations, a vital part of what makes us human, but it has not been all doom and gloom.
Observing the prevailing health rules and guidelines, family, friends, and political associates of Dr. Sam Sam Jaja have been in a festive mood since Sunday, celebrating a man they describe with a thousand kind words.


As an accomplished public servant, the Balolo of Opobo Kingdom and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress who turned 70 on Monday, August 3 continues to live footprints on the sands of time as he has served humanity in several capacities including as National Chairman, National Referee Association(NRA), Deputy National Chairman, People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He is currently the Board Chairman, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital
The celebration which happened at different parts of the country was flagged off in Port Harcourt with a Thanks Giving Church Service at New Covenant Anglican Church, Nzimiro Street, Port Harcourt even with the absence of the celebrant who is unavoidably outside of the state.
Former Chairman of Andoni local government area, Orom Nte thanked the Vicar in charge, Venerable Ifeanyi Amagboso for the prayers of the church which has kept Dr. Sam Sam Jaja to this ripe age of 70. He said the family, friends, and political associates of the celebrated statesman look forward to returning to the church to celebrate his 100th birthday.


On his part, Dave Okumgba, the South-South Zonal Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC said information about the event was managed to avoid a crowd, adding that the Opobo Chief has demonstrated again and again that he is a godly man.
Former Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Leyii Kwanee eulogized the septuagenarian. “He is an asset to Rivers people and that is why we have come to celebrate him”, he said. “He is a decent man. He is a man of integrity.”

Cutting the cake


The Chief Medical Director of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Professor Henry Ugboma told FR News on the Port Harcourt home of the celebrant where a quiet reception was organized in his honor that “Sam Sam Jaja means so much to me.” Scientifically, the year 70 is a year to remember.” “He is a father to all who come around him. We pray for more years so that he can continue empowering more people.”


Describing Dr Sam Sam Jaja as “a man in a million”, Madam Sussan Minimah an astute businesswoman and community leader told pressmen at the event that the excitements and fanfare everywhere marking his 70th birthday despite him not being available in person is a testimony of his unique and loveable personality. “Dr Sam Sam Jaja is a man who loves the rich, the poor and the downtrodden”, she said.

Madam Susan Minimah speaking to the press

Evangelist Chris Jaja who is the President General of Opobo Youth Federation said Dr Sam Sam Jaja is the only person with the title ‘Balolo’ in the entire Opobo kingdom. He said, “all youths of Opobo across the country are celebrating him because of his love and respect for young people.”

Evangelist Chris Jaja


On her part, the Acting Women leader of the APC in Rivers State, Beatrice Dappa said she has known no regrets since known Dr. Jaja. “I call him my bishop because of his love for God.” “I am where I am because of him. I pray that God will continue to keep him safe and may he never lack.”
For Fidelis Inyie Jaja, Dr Sam Sam Jaja’s youthful look at 70 is a reflection of the grace of God upon him. “He is a kindhearted man that is willing to embrace every soul that comes around him.” He helped to change me from Mr to Honourable, he has stabilized my life.”

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SPONSORED: CALL FOR SMALL GRANT APPLICATION

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Women United for Economic Empowerment (WUEE) is a non-governmental organization with a mission to promote women/children rights, human development to the rural/urban poor women, youth, children and other vulnerable groups. WUEE in partnership with United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) announces a Call for small grant application for interested and eligible CSOs/CBOs in Rivers and Akwa Ibom States, on STRENGTHENING GOOD GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES AT THE LOCAL LEVEL IN NIGERIA

Purpose for Fund

The project seeks to increase the capacities of 20 civil CSOs/CBOs and Local Government Chairmen in order to help them fulfill their roles and responsibilities more effectively in a democratic system. It is meant to strengthen good governance and democratic processes at the local level in Nigeria and to increase citizen participation. The project shall be conducted in Rivers and Akwa Ibom States. Trained representatives of selected CSOs and CBOs shall in conjunction with local stakeholders organize civic education programs for Twenty Thousand (20,000) local citizens in their local communities (1,000 per CSO/CBO), in order to promote citizens’ understanding and participation in the democratic processes.

MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must:

  • Be Not-for-profit organizations.
  • Have expertise in governance programming.
  • Have presence in the Local Government/community in which the program will be conducted.
  • Be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
  • Have a track record of working with indigenous women, youth, persons with disabilities (PWD).
  • Be willing to comply with all technical and financial requirements for participation in the program, including reporting and documentation of project activities, communication strategy and capacity development opportunities.
  • Be willing to participate in assessments, trainings, workshops, meetings and other activities considered important for achieving project goal.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:

Interested organizations shall submit 4 hard copies of grant proposal including Certificate of registration with CAC to Women United for Economic Empowerment Office located at No. 70 Nwaniba Road, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and soft copy via Email: wuee2002@yahoo.com or wuee2002@gmail.com. Applications must be received not later than Thursday, 13th August, 2020 at 16.00 hrs.  No late application will be accepted

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