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Facebook-owned WhatsApp has finally started rolling out end-to-end encrypted chat backups for iOS and Android users globally. With the new update, if a user chooses to back up his chat history with end-to-end encryption, it will be accessible only to him, and no one will be able to unlock the backup. Neither WhatsApp nor the backup service provider will be able to access their end-to-end encryption backup.
"With end-to-end encrypted backups, no other messaging service at WhatsApp's scale will provide this level of security for people's messages -- from sending and transit, to receiving and storing in the cloud," the company said in a post. The feature will be rolling out "slowly" for people on the latest version of the app.
he feature will be rolling out "slowly" for people on the latest version of the app. | Photo by AARN GIRI on Unsplash
Once the feature rolls out, open WhatsApp, go to Settings > Chats > Chat Backups > End-to-End Encrypted Backup, and then follow the prompts. One can now secure their end-to-end encrypted backup with either a password of their choice or a 64-digit encryption key which means that no one else but only the user will be able to access the backup.
"This feature will provide people with more privacy and security for their digital conversations and that's a responsibility that we don't take lightly. Given this, we are rolling this out slowly to ensure a consistent and reliable user experience for people on iOS and Android around the world," the company added. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: encryption, encrypted, whatsapp, people, backup, End-to-end Encryption
As we might have observed, generations are now divided into various categories based on ages. In fact, according to the year in which people are born, many characteristics have started being associated with them.
Therefore, let us know the different kinds generations through this article and also the characteristics which each generation possess.
The Depression Era (1912-1921)
It is believed that the individuals born in the Depression era tend to be conservative, compulsive savers, maintain low debt. Also, they use more secure financial products like CDs versus stocks. These individuals also feel the responsibility to leave a legacy to their
children. Not only this, individuals born in this era tend to be patriotic, oriented towards work before pleasure, respect their authority, and have a sense of moral obligation.
World War II (1922-1927)
It is believed that people in this cohort shared a common goal of defeating the Axis
powers. In fact, there was an accepted sense of "deferment" among this group.
Post-War Cohort (1928-1945)
After the war ended, this generation was given significant amount of opportunities in jobs and education and even a post-war economic boom struck the United States of America. But, the growth in Cold War tensions and the potential for nuclear wars led to levels of discomfort and uncertainty throughout the generation. At the same time, members of this group
value security, comfort, and familiar known activities and environments.
Boomers I or The Baby Boomers (1946-1954)The first Boomer segment
Interestingly, this generation is bounded by Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations, the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War. At the same time, Boomers I were either a part of the war or protested against the War. Also, it is believed that Boomers I had good economic opportunities and were largely optimistic about the potential of the United States of America and their own lives.
Boomers II or Generation Jones (1955-1965)
This generation faced a lot of economic struggles, including the oil embargo of 1979 which reinforced a sense of "I'm out for me" and narcissism. Also, the focus on self-help and skepticism over media and institutions is one of the representative of attitudes of this cohort. In fact, the youngest members of the
Boomer II generation did not have the benefits of the Boomer I class as many of the best jobs, opportunities, housing etc. were taken by the larger and earlier group. Therefore, both Gen X and Boomer II suffered the long shadow cast by
Generation X (1967-1976)
Sometimes this generation is referred to as the "lost" generation, and this was the first generation of "latchkey" kids, who were exposed to lots of daycare and divorce. Also, this generation is known with the lowest voting participation rate of any generation. Not only this, but Generation X is often characterized by high levels of skepticism, i.e. "what's in it for me" attitude. Individuals from this generation are arguably the best-educated generation with 29% obtaining a bachelor's degree or higher (6% higher than the previous cohort). And, with that education and growing maturity, they are starting to form families with a higher level of caution.
Generation Y, Echo Boomers or Millenniums (1977-1994)
The people from this generation are known as incredibly sophisticated, technology-wise, immune to most traditional marketing and sales pitches. Also, Generation Y members are much more racially and ethnically diverse, and they are much more segmented as an audience aided by the rapid expansion in Cable TV channels, satellite radio, the Internet, e-zines, etc. It is also noted that individuals from this generation are less brand loyal.
Generation Z (1995-2012)
Though, as of now, we don't know much about Generation Z, but we know a lot about the environment they are growing up in. Therefore, this highly diverse environment will make the grade schools of the next generation the most diverse ever. Higher levels of technology will make a significant impact on academics. Not only this, individuals from Generation Z will grow up with a highly sophisticated media and computer environment, and will be more Internet savvy.
Keywords: Generation, People, World, Statistics, Psychology, Society.
Celebrating her birthday on Sunday and the imminent re-opening of movie theatres in Maharashtra, Bollywood's biggest market, on October 22, Rakul Preet Singh said that it was about time people got back to a normal working life. The actress, who has major films lined up for theatrical release, threw a massive birthday party here, where celebrities such as Riteish Deshmukh, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sidharth Malhotra, Sophie Choudry, and Saqib Saleem, among many others, showed up to wish her the best.
The day was doubly special because both Rakul Preet and Jackky Bhagnani announced on social media that they were in a relationship. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of her birthday, Rakul Preet said: "So many films are ready and we all are waiting for almost a year to release them, so I am really hoping that things get back to being normal as soon as possible and people should start earning their livelihood all over again."
On the year ahead, she said: "I had a fun birthday because it was a working birthday. | Wikimedia Commons
On the year ahead, she said: "I had a fun birthday because it was a working birthday. I have lined-up quite a few releases next year. I have complete 6-7 movies, so I am really excited about the next year and hope it will be as beautiful as ever." When asked when one has 6-7 films releasing back-to-back, does it add to one's responsibilities, Rakul Preet said: "Yes, the responsibility does increase along with the anxiety, as the films are ready and the people will soon start watching them. They should like the films, so it also heightens expectations, but I think, I am in the phase of being just grateful, as I am getting a chance to so many films and I hope that I keep getting such films and they keep on releasing."
With life returning back to normal, Rakul Preet said it was a good sign, but people could not afford to be careless. She said: "I think it is a positive sign, but it doesn't mean we can go around mask-free. We need to follow Covid-19 protocols and defeat this virus." In the months ahead, Rakul Preet will be in movies such as "Indian 2", "Ayalaan", "Attack", "Mayday", "Thank God", and "Doctor G", among others. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: responsibilities, movie, Rakul Preet, bollywood, pandemic, birthday, people, normal
The world missed most of the 2020 mental health targets, and has failed to provide people with the mental health services they need, at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is highlighting a growing need for mental health support, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report released on Friday.
The Mental Health Atlas report, released ahead of the World Mental Health Day on October 10, includes data from 171 countries. It showed that despite increase in attention given to mental health in recent years, it is yet to result in a scale-up of quality mental services that is aligned with needs.
In 2020, just 51 per cent of WHO's 194 member states reported that their mental health policy or plan was in line with international and regional human rights instruments -- way short of the 80 per cent target. Only 52 per cent of countries met the target relating to mental health promotion and prevention programmes, yet well below the 80 per cent target. Reduction in the rate of suicide by 10 per cent, was the only target met, but even then, only 35 countries had a stand-alone prevention strategy, policy or plan, said the report released every three years.
"It is extremely concerning that, despite the evident and increasing need for mental health services, which has become even more acute during the Covid-19 pandemic, good intentions are not being met with investment," WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in a statement. "We must heed and act on this wake-up call and dramatically accelerate the scale-up of investment in mental health, because there is no health without mental health," he added.
On the other hand, adoption of mental health policies, plans and laws saw a steady progress. However, the percentage of government health budgets spent on mental health was still around 2 per cent. And only 25 per cent of countries met all the criteria for integration of mental health into primary care. But, about 80 per cent countries in 2020 included several mental health conditions in national health insurance or reimbursement schemes -- up from 73 per cent in 2017.
Further, the global median number of mental health workers per 100,000 population increased slightly -- from nine workers in 2014 to 13 workers per 100,000 population in 2020. The number was more than 40 times higher in high-income countries than in low-income countries.
In 2013, WHO endorsed a comprehensive mental health action plan and targets for 2020, which has now been extended to 2030, the report said. It includes new targets for the inclusion of mental health and psychosocial support in emergency preparedness plans, the integration of mental health into primary health care, and research on mental health, the report said. IANS/JB
Keywords: Mental Health, WHO, Policy, Health, Fitness, COVID-19.