Why you need to switch from Facebook Messenger now

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January 19, 2021

Why you need to switch from Facebook Messenger now

Washington, Jan 19: As the debate rages over new WhatsApp data sharing policy, another Facebook family product called Messenger does not offer any end-to-end protection and is more prone to data breach, a security expert has claimed, adding that Messenger users should opt for safer apps first.

According to cybersecurity specialist Zak Doffman, we should stop using Facebook Messenger as there is no proper protection of our messages, reports Forbes.

WhatsApp emphasises that it cannot see your private messages, nor listen to your calls, and neither can Facebook.

However, according to Doffman, if you are a Messenger user, you do not have the same data encryption.

"In reality, the WhatsApp debacle has distracted attention away from just how bad Messenger's invasion of your privacy is. There is no justification for it," he wrote in the article.

The end-to-end encryption that protects WhatsApp messages does not apply to Facebook Messenger, unless you are using a "secret conversation" on the platform.

This option only supports messages between two people, not within groups, and must be activated manually.

"When it is selected, it stops Facebook snooping on your messages and downloading your links and attachments", he noted.

According to the security expert, if you are on Facebook Messenger, you need to quickly move to safer chat platforms than you are on WhatsApp that still offers end-to-end encryption.

There are over 1.3 billion Messenger users globally and Facebook Messenger is expected to grow to 2.4 billion users by 2021.

More than 20 billion messages are exchanged between business and users monthly on Facebook Messenger.

"The advice now is simple. If you're still on Messenger or if you're using Instagram DMs for anything other than engaging with companies you're buying from or casual contacts, then it's time to switch," Doffman said.

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March 1,2021

West Coast Paper Mills shares rally 13% on decision to acquire stake in  International Paper - cnbctv18.com

Mumbai, Mar 1: Equity benchmark indices traded firm during early hours on Monday on the back upbeat global sentiment and India getting technically out of recession with Q3 GDP data showing 0.4 per cent growth.

At 10:15 am, the BSE S&P Sensex was up by 735 points or 1.5 per cent at 49,806 while the Nifty 50 edged higher by 210 points or 1.45 per cent to 14,739.

All sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the green with Nifty auto up by 2.2 per cent, financial service by 2 per cent, private bank by 1.8 per cent and IT by 1.5 per cent.
Among stocks, Hero MotoCorp surged by 3.7 per cent to Rs 3,334.40 per share and Mahindra & Mahindra by 3.5 per cent to Rs 835.30.

Power Grid Corporation ticked up by 3.5 per cent, ONGC by 3.3 per cent and Titan by 2.9 per cent. However, Bharti Airtel fell by 2.3 per cent, SBI Life by 0.6 per cent and Hindalco by 0.5 per cent.

Meanwhile, Asian shares rallied as some semblance of calm returned to bond markets after last week's ride. Progress in the huge US stimulus package underpinned optimism about the global economy also sent oil prices higher.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan edged up by 0.8 per cent. Japan's Nikkei rallied by 2.1 per cent while Chinese blue chips added 0.5 per cent.

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February 26,2021

New Delhi, Feb 26: Extending its losses the BSE Sensex declined over 1,500 points in line with global selloff.

Around 11.33 a.m., Sensex was trading at 49,517.48, lower by 1,521.83 points or 2.98 per cent from the previous close of 51,039.31.

It opened at 50,256.71 and has touched an intra-day high of 50,400.31 and a low of 49,507.46 points.

The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange was trading at 14,660.80, lower by 436.55 points or 2.89 per cent.

Globally stocks markets have declined due to rising bond yields.

The across-the-board selloff was led by banking and finance stocks.

The top stocks on the Sensex were ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and IndusInd Bank, while the major losers were Dr Reddy's Laboratories, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries.

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February 24,2021

Sensex zooms 1,030 points, Nifty tops 14,950 at closing | Deccan Herald

Mumbai, Feb 24: Equity benchmark indices jumped by nearly 2 per cent on Wednesday with banking and financial stocks gaining substantial ground.

The BSE S&P Sensex closed 1,030 points or 2.07 per cent higher at 50,782 while the Nifty 50 advanced by 274 points or 1.86 per cent to 14,982.

At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), trading in all segments remained halted for several hours due to a technical problem. As a result, trading at both the stock exchanges was extended.

Except for Nifty IT, which slipped marginally, all sectoral indices were in the green zone with Nifty private bank gaining by 3.8 per cent, financial services by 3.4 per cent and PSU bank by 2.8 per cent.

Private banks gained substantially after the Finance Ministry allowed private sector banks for government related transactions.

Among stocks, HDFC Bank advanced by 5.3 per cent to Rs 1,611.05 per share. Axis Bank was up by 5.1 per cent, ICICI Bank by 3.8 per cent and Kotak Mahindra Bank by 2.4 per cent.

State Bank of India ticked up by 3 per cent and Bajaj Finance by 3.3 per cent. Coal India gained by 5.2 per cent to Rs 144.10 per share while infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro gained by 2.5 per cent.

The other major gainers were HDFC and UltraTech Cement. However, those which lost were UPL, Dr Reddy's, Sun Pharma, Cipla, JSW Steel, Tata Motors and Asian Paints.

Meanwhile, Asian equities opened lower on concerns about rising interest rates and rich equity valuations.

South Korea's Kospi shed 2.45 per cent on valuation nerves while Japan's Nikkei 225 was down by 1.61 per cent on profit booking in tech shares.

Hong Kong shares slumped by 2.99 per cent, the most in nine months, on stamp duty hike.

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