WhatsApp and Gmail scale the one billion user milestone

Gmail, Google's e-mail service and WhatsApp recently scaled the one billion users summit, maintaining Google and Facebook's grip over social media activity across the world.

Gmail now becomes the seventh service by Google to join the billion users club, after the the likes of Google search, YouTube, Chrome, Google Maps, Android and Google Play reached the landmark during various stages in the last few years.

WhatsApp & Facebook to share personal user data; end-to-end encryption a possibility

Even though Facebook remains the most popular social media platform in the world, WhatsApp took half the time as Facebook to reach the one billion mark. Apple has also announced recently that the total number of its devices across the globe surpassed one billion.

“One billion people now use WhatsApp. Congrats to Jan (Koum), Brian (Acton) and everyone who helped reach this milestone! WhatsApp’s community has more than doubled since joining Facebook. We’ve added the ability for you to call loved ones far away. We’ve dropped the subscription fee and made WhatsApp completely free. Next, we’re going to work to connect more people around the world and make it easier to communicate with businesses.

There are only a few services that connect more than a billion people. This milestone is an important step towards connecting the entire world,” said Mark Zuckerberg while announcing the news on Facebook.

Five years and a billion users later, WhatsApp is now fully free!

To make WhatsApp more accessible to people who access the internet and those who do not make online payments or do not own debit cards, WhatsApp was recently made completely free for all Android users.

For iOS users who paid an amount equivalent to the basic subscription fee to download the app, this news won't make any difference, nor will it for those who started using WhatsApp during the times when it was free. For such users, WhatsApp continues to remain free till date.

Your Gmail account is now more secure with new Data Loss Prevention tool

In order to make Gmail more appealing to all users and to increase its adoption rate, Google recently introduced a new Data Loss Prevention (DLP) tool in Gmail that prevents sensitive and confidential data from getting leaked through email.

The Data Loss Prevention tool scans emails as well as attachments like documents, presentations and excel files for keywords that are predefined in the tool. Once the tool finds a match with sensitive or confidential information, it takes the appropriate action accordingly.

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