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WhatsApp now shows how long it takes to upload and arrive a document

WhatsApp added a new function that shows your Beta users on Android, iOS, Web and Desktop the estimated time it takes to upload and arrive a document to be shared by the messaging service.

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The new WhatsApp option allows both to know when a document will be downloaded in its entirety to the recipient’s device or uploaded to the platform’s servers to be sent within a chat.

This new tool already arrived at WhatsApp Desktop last March and this week it is rolling out to some Beta users on both Android (v2.22.8.11) and iOS (v22.8.0.74).

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To provide such information to the user, a percentage is shown just below the document in question and, to its right in parentheses, the estimated time for the operation to reach 100 percent completion.

WABetaInfowho advanced this novelty, underlines that it is a very useful function, especially for Beta users in Argentina, the only country so far in which WhatsApp allows sharing documents of up to 2GB in size.

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On March 23, the app increased the current limit on the size of files that can be sent via WhatsApp from 100 MB to 2 GB for that country. It is an alternative tool that both users of the classic WhatsApp and the Business version can enjoy.

It should be noted that this extension of the limit up to 2 GB is specifically for documents but not for multimedia files. In this case, the photos, videos and voice messages, the maximum size allowed of 16 MB. On most devices this equates to between 90 seconds and 3 minutes of video, although the length will depend a lot on the quality.

It is important to know that if you want to send files of this type but that exceed the 16 MB limit, then the trick will be to send them as an attachment. In addition, in this way, the video or photo does not lose resolution.

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In the case of very large files that even exceed the 2 GB limit, you can use third-party cloud services such as Google Drive or Dropbox, among others.

In that case, you will have to upload the material to the cloud and create a link to share. In the case of Drive, you can also give other users direct access by creating an editor or reader profile. The user will receive a notification via email to enter the shared document.

Alert for a scam circulating on WhatsApp

These days a scam began to circulate through the application that seeks to steal user data with the excuse that they participate in a draw for an Easter egg and other related benefits.

The fake sites to which the links in the messages that arrive via WhatsApp are redirected promise to access a free Easter egg or a gif card. In all cases, users are asked to answer a survey and the message states that the contact who sent the message via WhatsApp has already received his prize, in order to give him credibility, according to the cybersecurity consultancy BTR Consulting.

In some cases, criminals seek to confuse users with real marketing campaigns from chocolate companies, that use the digital medium, to execute campaigns known as Worldwide Hide (World Treasure Hunt), which encourages users to hide a virtual Easter egg anywhere in the world and send a clue to someone who can look for the egg on the virtual world map.

When users open the link that comes along with the message, they are presented with a short list of questions to answer, and then prompted to enter data. Thus, they enter a false website that requests personal information and in some cases the message is automatically shared with the potential victim’s contact list in order to make the deception go viral.

Experts advise not to enter the links that come with supposed promotions like these, as well as always verify with the companies that supposedly offer benefits if such offers are real. At the same time, it is important to keep operating systems up to date, activate the second factor of authentication and not use the same passwords in all accounts.

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