July 2021: Enable disappearing, self-destruct messages on WhatsApp, Signal and other apps

WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram, and Signal enable users to tweak the settings to auto-delete messages when they are done with the chats. WhatsApp has a time window of 7 days to delete the messages while Instagram does it immediately. Users can set the self-destructing timer as per their discretion in Signal and Telegram.

It first started with Snapchat, the ability for users to send self-destruct or disappearing messages. As the questions of privacy around apps is growing serious by the day, users who are not keen on keeping chats as a keep safe or for screenshots that would later win them an argument can opt for disappearing or self destruct messages for when they are done with their chats, they are really done with them. WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram, and Signal enable users to tweak the settings to auto-delete messages. WhatsApp has a time window of 7 days to delete the messages while Instagram does it immediately. Users can set the self-destructing timer as per their discretion in Signal and Telegram. You can follow the given steps to enable disappearing messages.

To enable disappearing messages on WhatsApp for an individual contact:

-- Open WhatsApp.
-- Select the contact where you want to enable disappearing messages.
-- Click on the three dots on the right-hand side.
-- Go to View contact.
-- Tap on Disappearing messages > Select On.

To enable disappearing messages on Signal

-- Open a chat window.
-- Tap on the three dots in the right.
-- Select Disappearing messages.
-- You can set the window from five seconds to one week for the messages to self-destruct.

To send a disappearing or view-once photo on Signal:

-- On Signal iOS or Signal Android, navigate to your group or individual conversation.
-- Select an image or capture a photo or video.
-- Tap the icon with an infinity sign to switch to the view-once icon or 1x.
-- Select Send. The photo or video won't be stored in your Signal conversation history.

Telegram also gives users the option to enable secret chats that let users exchange messages that are entirely end-to-end encrypted. Follow the given steps to enable secret chats with a user.

-- Open Telegram
-- Tap on the compose button
-- Select New Secret chat
-- Select contact with whom you want to have an end-to-end encrypted chat.

To enable self destruct timer, on Telegram:

-- Select the three dots on the top right of the contact you have entered a secret chat with.
-- Select Set self-destruct timer.
-- Select the time interval in which you want your messages to be deleted. The function works like disappearing messages and if you were to select the self-destruct time interval as one hour, messages every hour will get deleted.
To disable the self-destruct timer, repeat the same steps, and select ‘Off’ in the self-destruct timer section.

To enable Vanish mode in Instagram:

-- Open the Instagram app on your device.
-- Tap the 'direct or messenger' icon on the top right.
-- Open any chat window you wish to enable the vanish mode for.
-- Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to enable vanish mode.

After you have turned on the Vanish mode, all the read messages will vanish.
If you wish to disable the vanish mode, then open the chat window you have enabled the vanish mode for. Then, swipe up from the bottom screen again or tap 'turn off vanish mode' on the top of the chat window to turn off the vanish mode.

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June 2021: five tips to spot fake news online by Google

The internet can present its users with misinformation and fake news on a daily basis but if users do not feel certain about the information being presented to them they can verify it. Google allows users to check for misinformation or fake news online. An article or an image can be verified using Google’s tools. Ahead of International Fact-Checking day which falls on April 2, Google has shared tips on how anyone and not just professional fact-checkers can confirm a piece of information they are not sure or uncertain about.

Alexios Mantzarlis, News and Information Credibility Lead of Google News in a blog post noted that over the past year more than 50,000 new fact checks surfaced on Google Search, with all fact checks receiving more than 2.4 billion impressions in Search in that timeframe.

Google in a separate support page has noted how it determines fact checks. It notes that publishers have to meet certain requirements to be a trusted source of information, which is determined by an algorithm. The content around fact checks must tell you the claims that are being checked, conclusions about these claims, and how they were reached. It also explains citations and primary sources of information.

Here is how you can check for misinformation or fake news online:

-- Find out more about the source: Google notes that users can find out more about the source of an article or website by clicking on three dots on the right of an article, given that the source checks itself out. This tool is available only in the US as of now.

-- Check if an image is authentic: There are multiple photos that are forwarded on WhatsApp and Facebook that are not genuine or tend to mislead people. Google notes that users can check if an image is authentic by right-clicking on a photo and selecting “Search Google for Image.” Mobile users can do the same by touching and holding the image for some time. Google will then check if the image has appeared online before and the context in which it appeared.

-- Look for more than one source: Google notes that users can check for the full coverage of a news piece if they switch to news mode or search for a topic in Google News. Users can click on full coverage to see the news outlets that have covered the news.

-- Use Google’s fact-checker: Google users can type in a keyword and look for claims made by news publications and fact checks listed by Google. Users who wish to look for an elaborate fact check search for a topic in the Fact Check Explorer, which according to Google collects more than 100,000 fact checks from reputable publishers around the world.

-- Confirm if an event is taking place in the said location: Google notes that users can confirm if an event is indeed taking place at a location by checking Google Earth or the Street View of a location on Google Maps.

Compiled and approved by the technical support officer and cited from India Today.

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May 2021: Windows sign-in options and account protection

Windows 11Windows 10

To access your sign-in options, go to Start  > Settings  > Accounts  > Sign-in options. On the Sign-in options page, the following sign-in methods are available:

  • Windows Hello Face

  • Windows Hello Fingerprint

  • Windows Hello PIN

  • Security key

  • Password

  • Picture password

You'll also find these settings:

  • Require sign-in—Requires you to sign in to your device after being away.

  • Dynamic lock—automatically locks your device when you're away.

  • Privacy—Shows or hides personal info on the sign-in screen, and allows your device to use your sign-in info to reopen your apps after an update or restart.

Change or manage your password

To change your password, go to Start  > Settings  > Accounts  > Sign-in options. Select Password, and then select Change.

Note: To change your password if you're on a domain, press Ctrl+Alt+Del and then select Change a password.

Windows Hello

Windows Hello lets you sign in to your devices, apps, online services, and networks using your face, iris, fingerprint, or a PIN. Even if your Windows 10 device can use Windows Hello biometrics, you don’t have to. If it’s the right choice for you, you can rest assured that the info that identifies your face, iris, or fingerprint never leaves your device. Windows does not stores pictures of your face, iris, or fingerprint on your device or anywhere else.

What data is collected, and why

When you set up Windows Hello biometrics, it takes the data from the face camera, iris sensor, or fingerprint reader and creates a data representation—or graph—that is then encrypted before it’s stored on your device.

To help us keep things working properly, to help detect and prevent fraud, and to continue improving Windows Hello, we collect diagnostic data about how people use Windows Hello. For example, data about whether people sign in with their face, iris, fingerprint, or PIN; the number of times they use it; and whether it works or not is all valuable information that helps us build a better product. The data is pseudonymized, does not include biometric information, and is encrypted before it's transmitted to Microsoft. You can choose to stop sending diagnostic data to Microsoft at any time. Learn more about diagnostic data in Windows 10

To manage Windows Hello

To turn on Windows Hello, go to Start  > Settings  > Accounts  > Sign-in options, select the Windows Hello method that you want to set up, and then select Set up. If you don't see Windows Hello in Sign-in options, then it may not be available for your device.

To remove Windows Hello and any associated biometric identification data from the device, go to Start  > Settings  > Accounts  > Sign-in options. Select the Windows Hello method you want to remove, and then select Remove.

Using a security key

A security key is a hardware device that you can use instead of your user name and password to sign in on the web. Since it's used in addition to a fingerprint or PIN, even if someone has your security key, they won't be able to sign in without the PIN or fingerprint that you create. Security keys are usually available for purchase from retailers that sell computer accessories. Learn more about security keys

To set up a security key, go to Start  > Settings  > Accounts  > Sign-in options, and select Security Key. Select Manage and follow the instructions.

Lock your device

If you're stepping away from your device for a few minutes it's a good idea to lock it so that others can't see what's on your screen, or access anything on it. Press the Windows Logo Key + L to immediately lock in. When you return you'll just need to authenticate and you'll be right where you left off.

Dynamic lock

Windows can use devices that are paired with your PC to help detect when you’re away, and lock your PC shortly after your paired device is out of Bluetooth range. This makes it more difficult for someone to gain access to your device if you step away from your PC and forget to lock it.

  1. On your Windows 10 PC, select Start  > Settings  > Accounts  > Sign-in options.

  2. Under Dynamic lock, select the Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away check box.

  3. Use Bluetooth to pair your phone with your PC. Learn how to pair devices using Bluetooth

Once they’re paired, take your phone with you when you walk away, and your PC will automatically lock a minute or so after you’re out of Bluetooth range. 

Other sign-in options

Manage when you're required to sign in

Go to Start  > Settings  > Accounts  > Sign-in options. Under Require sign-in, select an option for when Windows should require you to sign in again.

To show your account details on the sign-in screen

Go to Start  > Settings  > Accounts  > Sign-in options. Under Privacy, turn the first setting On if you want to show your account details on the sign-in screen.

To automatically finish setup after an update

Go to Start  > Settings  > Accounts  > Sign-in options. Under Privacy, turn the second setting On if you want to use your sign-in info to automatically finish setting up your device after an update or restart.

Approved by the Technical Support Department curated from Microsoft

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April 2021: An Understanding of What Computer Beep Codes Mean, and What How to Recognise Them

A beep code is an audio signal given out by a computer to announce the result of a short diagnostic testing sequence the computer performs when first powering up, a process called the Power-On-Self-Test( POST). The POST is a small program contained in the computer's Basic Input/Output Operating System (BIOS) that checks to make sure necessary hardware is present and required memory is accessible.

The system BIOS is found on a Read Only Memory (ROM) chip on the motherboard used by the computer during the start-up routine (boot process) to check out the system and prepare to run the hardware tests.  This is because ROM retains information even when no power is being supplied to the computer.

There are several ways to recognize computer beeps when booting/starting your computer, computer beeps can be recognized when you hear one or a more series of computer beeps indicating that your computer had an issue. When you hear one short beep, know that your computer is normal and indicates that your system is booting/starting up. Each series of beeps corresponds to a different issue and points to a different problem area within your computer. Once confirmed, then one can go through with the  troubleshooting steps to diagnose the issue. However, because of the wide variety of different computer manufacturers with this BIOS, the beep codes may vary in the number of times they beep to indicate a problem. If something is wrong, the computer will display an error message on the monitor screen and announce the errors audibly with a series of beeps that vary in pitch, number and duration. This is especially useful when the error exists with the monitor or graphic components. The beeping sequence is a coded message (beep code) designed to tell the user what is wrong with the computer.

The table below shows a few Dells beep codes with their related issue.

Beep codes


1 beep code

The ROM is either corrupted or has failed to work.

2 beep codes

RAM (Read Access Memory) is not detected

3 beep codes

Motherboard Failure

4 beep codes

RAM failure

5 beep codes

CMOS battery failure

6 beep codes

Video card failure



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March 2021: Getting started with Doodle

Is a mobile and online application used for planning and scheduling activities such as a business meeting, reunions, book clubs, play dates, rehearsals, you name it, For one to use he/she has to Set up an account or log into your existing Doodle account to use the app so that All your created polls are saved on your account, so no matter which device you log into you will always see your existing polls. 

Please note that the app uses the language and time zone set for your device. If you want to change the language or the time zone in the app, you need to change the language or time zone in your device settings.

Once you are logged in you will see your personal dashboard. Any polls you have created from your Doodle account, or polls you have participated in from your Doodle account, will be shown here. 

Create a group poll or a survey

With Doodle, you can create polls asking others for their availability. Open the app and tap the blue plus in the middle of the screen. 

Choose "Find a date" if you want to propose date and time options. Or Select the “Make a choice”. Using “make a choice” polls allows you to enter any option in form of text if you would like to propose other options instead of dates and times.



Step by step 

1)      Create a poll by clicking the blue plus in the middle of the screen 

2)      Select the dates in the calendar. If needed, tap add times just above to add some time slots. Tap within the date range to create a time slot. You can hold and drag the white circle to extend the time. Tap it once again if you would like to delete it or copy it to all of the other dates.


3) Include a title (mandatory), event location and a description (optional). Special poll settings are great for polls with special needs: e.g. hidden or limited, or "Yes, No, If need be" polls. Click on "settings" to add select special poll features. 

4) Tap the create button when you are done.

Invite your participants 

 IOS & Android 

To invite participants to your poll just tap the share icon (add participants) at the top right corner of your already created poll. The menu will then give you the option to add invitees via email, WhatsApp, Messenger, etc. Or you can just copy the poll link, and share it in any channel you prefer.


Invitation tip

A great way to speed up the invitation process is to connect your phone address book (under your account settings). You can then select to invite via "email" and your contacts will be listed for you to select. 

As Premium user, you can add an individual message to invite participants via Doodle. This is a great way to make the invitation more personal. You can also see the list of invitees directly in the poll table, and send a friendly reminder to those who have not participated in the poll yet

Choose final option

Are all votes in and you would like to select the final date?


Tap close in the lower right corner and select a final option (more than one if you would like). This will close the poll, and no one else will be able to participate in the poll anymore. You can save the final date(s) directly to your connected calendar with the link below the final option and share the results with all the participants. 


Tap the menu button at the top right corner and then tap close. Select a final option (more than one if you would like). This will close the poll, and no one else will be able to participate in the poll anymore. You can save the final date(s) directly to your connected calendar with the link below the final option and share the results with all the participants.

Something changed?

You can always re-open the poll in case you want to invite more participants, change some votes, or simply select a different final option. 

Tap re-open on the black bar at the bottom of your screen 

Tap the menu button at the top right corner then tap re-open 

Compiled by the Technical support team from Doodle's website 

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