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Millions of influencers from Instagram finally have their private contact data scraped and exposed

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A massive database which contained all the contact information of all the millions of Instagram celebrities, influencers and brand accounts has been found online. This database is hosted by a company called Amazon Web Services was available online in the exposed state without any kind of password. This is the reason why people can look at what was there inside the document. When this was written, there were about 49 million records available and it was growing as time went by.

In the data, there was record available on all the public Instagram influencers and Instagram accounts which included the bio, profile picture and then the number of followers they have along with their location and whether they are verified on Instagram or not. The sheet also contained some private contact information like the email address of the Instagram account and the phone number of the person.

Anurag Sen was the Security researcher who ended up discovering the database and alerted TechCrunch so that the owner of the file can be tracked down. The owner of the file was tracked back to a social media marketing firm from Mumbai called Chtrbox. The main work of the agency is to pay influencers to do paid promotions of different brands and services. Each of the accounts which are mentioned in the list also had a detailed calculation on its worth depending on the reach, engagement, likes, shares, and number of followers.

In this exposed database a lot of high profile influencers were exposed which included celebrities, social media influencers, food bloggers and many more.

The people who had their names in the database were contacted and the email id and phone number checked out for all. The influencers also confirmed that they do not have any kind of contact with the company Chtrbox.

After the people started reaching out to Chtrbox the company ended up pulling back the database. The Chief executing officer of the company Pranay Swarup did not respond to request for comment so it is not sure how the company can get a hold of all the private Instagram email addresses and phone numbers.

The scrapping effort was basically two years after Instagram ended up admitting that because of their security bug in the API hackers can obtain all the email addresses and phone numbers of the users. This data was later stolen by hackers from bitcoin.

Instagram now with almost close to a billion users ended up choking the API so that they can limit the number of request application and developers can simply make the platform.

Facebook which is the owner of the application Instagram ended up commenting on the whole situation by saying:

“We’re looking into the issue to understand if the data described – including email and phone numbers – was from Instagram or from other sources. We’re also inquiring with Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it became publicly available.”

Samuel is Senior Editor at GadgetFreeks. Mayur has worked as a News reporter at various big media house previously, covering news related to YouTube, creators/influencers, video games. actual muppet. He always loves to discuss things related to new technology.

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Apple Watch Owners Will Be Able to Delete Built-in Apps from Their watchOS 6

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Pre-installed apps are part of smartphone life. There is no doubt that some of these apps to add value to your life but not all of them may be useful to you. Apple does provide its customers with certain utility apps but not all of them may find it valuable. This is true even in the case of Apple watches. But that is going to be changed soon with the launch of Apple’s watchOS 6. It will allow users to uninstall even built-in apps.

It’s been almost three years that Apple has allowed its users to remove some of the built-in apps from their iPhones. While some may have interest in accessing the stock apps, others may appreciate having a calculator. Apple is soon going to provide the same experience even with their watches.

As pointed out by TechCrunch, the clue comes from the appearance of certain watchOS-only apps on the Apple app store. This indicates that users will be able to install them whenever they want. This also suggests that they will be able to remove it according to their wish. All you need to do is press and hold the apps and then hit the X to delete it.

However, not all the in-built apps can be removed. Apps such as radio, timer, and walkie talkie will remain. You can even delete the ECG app which is considered to be an important app. other important apps such as heart rate and messages will also stay. These apps are there to provide you with a lovely Apple watch experience.

This may be a small improvement made by Apple but users are definitely liking it as they can get more control over what they want. Also, they will be able to free up space on their devices.

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Microsoft Have Made Its To-Do App Available For Mac

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Microsoft Have Made Its To-Do App Available For Mac

Finally, Microsoft has introduced the To-Do app for Mac users. This will allow the users to get access to the task management tool on their Mac devices. The app has been designed so that users can work even offline. Other than that, they can also view their upcoming to-do tasks, see flagged emails and share-to-do lists with colleagues and friends. As of now, the app has not been completely integrated with Microsoft Planner. However, the needful will be done soon. If you are using Microsoft To-Do app on android, ios, Windows or on the web, you can sign into your account and gain access to all your tasks right away.

If you are a former user of Wunderlist, this is no doubt good news for you. Wunderlist was bought off by Microsoft only to be discontinued and replace it with their own productivity tool. The earlier version of To-Do app lacked in certain aspects but the latest versions are loaded with extra features. It can also be synced with Outlook. If you are intrigued to use the app, you can simply download it on your device from the Mac App Store.

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Google Soon Going To Introduce Next-Gen Texting On Android Platform

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The delay of Google’s RCS chat on the Android platform can be blamed on the carriers. The basis of next-gen texting depends on networks supporting one at a time. Android users in the UK and France will be offered RCS services by Google later in June. The company will provide them with the option to opt-in through the messaging app of the platform.

Instead of making use of a central server, Android messages will ping each participant in a chat in order to check if they support RCS. In case, you support it, you will get read receipts, high-quality media and many other benefits offered by the technology. Although Google does send messages from its servers this more of a decentralized approach and therefore, it doesn’t need any carrier support.

However, RCS does come with a few drawbacks. It is not an end-to-end encrypted system and thus, it is vulnerable to intruders reading your messages. It is also dependent on your number and therefore, you won’t be able to use it on non-phone devices. Also, it will require temporary attached files such as IMSI and phone number. However, the company has stated that they are soon going to find a solution. Also, messages will not disappear when you switch to some other phone that doesn’t have RCS.

The company has not decided on a date to introduce the app to other countries yet. Not just that but even Apple have not shown any interest in supporting the RCS system. Therefore, we don’t know how long it’s going to take before RCS is introduced to us. With the introduction of this new system, Android messages will become more fun and livelier in the future. Till then, we can only wait and deal with the existing Android messaging system.

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