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How To Enable iMessage Contact Key Verification on your iPhone Running iOS 17.2

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With the introduction of iOS 17.2, Apple added a new security feature called Contact Key Verification (CKV), which adds an extra layer of assurance to your iMessage discussions. This function notifies you whenever unrecognized device keys are identified, giving you more trust in your messaging exchanges.

Contact Key Verification in iOS 17.2
Contact Key Verification provides automatic alerts when iMessage key distribution services identify unverified device keys, such as those from an unfamiliar device added to your iMessage account. This extra security measure is especially valuable when used in person, during FaceTime calls, or through other secure methods. While rare, this feature demonstrates Apple’s commitment to staying ahead of potential threats and ensuring user peace of mind.

Contact key verification in the iMessage app:

Before you begin, make sure that all of your iCloud-connected devices are running iOS 17.2, macOS 14.2, or watchOS 10.2. If not, consider logging out of iMessage on devices where you don’t want the feature enabled.

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone running iOS 17.2.
  • At the top of the screen, tap your name.
  • Swipe down to the bottom of the screen and choose “Contact Key Verification.”
  • To enable CKV, toggle the switch next to “Verification in iMessage.”.
  • To finish the activation procedure, simply follow the on-screen directions.

Making Use of Contact Key Verification
Once active, CKV provides various functions:
Automatic Alerts: Receive alerts that assist you in confirming that you are speaking with the intended people.
Unique Codes: In the Messages app, generate and compare unique codes with your contacts for further identity verification.
Share your public verification code on social media so that people may validate your identity when texting you. Similarly, save other people’s codes in the Contacts app for future use.

Conclusion
Use this function properly, and keep in mind that if someone sends you a Public Verification Code, make sure it matches the one on their social media profile before continuing the conversation. This provides an extra degree of security to your iMessage exchanges, safeguarding you against any dangers.

 

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  1. Christyblaire

    December 18, 2023 at 12:45 pm

    Security everyone business.
    Thanks for the tutorial God bless you richly.

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Google’s Update to “Quick Share” Improves Usability

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In a recent CES announcement, Google disclosed its collaboration with Samsung to extend Quick Share compatibility to all Android phones. Although Samsung’s Quick Share has coexisted with Google’s Nearby Share on Galaxy devices, the two services are now interoperable. The integration eliminates the need for Samsung users to choose between two separate file-sharing services. Google’s update of the Nearby Share branding to align with Samsung’s enhances the cohesion of the file-sharing experience between Galaxy and non-Galaxy devices. It’s important to note that not all functionalities have been retained in the rebranding process.

As Google began the rollout of Quick Share to non-Galaxy devices today, users observed that the enhanced experience lacks certain features present in Quick Share on Samsung devices. Notably, functionalities such as creating a temporary link for file sharing (link sharing) and temporarily sharing encrypted files (private sharing) are unavailable in the updated version.

An included feature in Google’s version of Quick Share, borrowed from Quick Share on Samsung devices, is the capability to display available devices directly in the share sheet. This functionality ensures that nearby Quick Share targets are visible within the share sheet, eliminating the need to tap the Quick Share button to access the full interface when sharing files with your own devices.

The alteration simplifies the process of file sharing across your devices. While Google has been working on integrating Nearby Share targets into the share sheet since last year, the introduction of Quick Share on Android marks the official rollout of this feature. Although observed on devices like the Google Pixel 7 Pro, Google Pixel 8 Pro, and OnePlus 11, some users have reported not seeing Quick Share targets in their share sheets. This change may be associated with a server-side flag independent of the Quick Share rollout, so users are advised to watch for Quick Share devices appearing in Android’s share sheet.

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Google lauches “Circle to Search”

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Today, Google has globally launched the Circle to Search feature on the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy S24 series. This recently unveiled feature enables users to perform searches anywhere on their phones through gestures such as circling, highlighting, scribbling, or tapping.

The technology company sees the new feature as an effort to seamlessly integrate Google Search into everyday moments. Whether you’re watching a video or browsing images on a social app, the goal is to make it easier to pose spontaneous questions. As an illustration, while watching a video of someone enjoying a Korean corn dog, you can circle the corn dog and inquire, “Why are these so popular?”

The feature extends beyond circles to include various gestures. For instance, while conversing in a messaging app about a restaurant with a friend, you can effortlessly tap on the restaurant’s name to access additional details without exiting the app.

Circle to Search simplifies the process of looking up definitions for words or phrases. Imagine watching a video with a drink labeled “prebiotic,” and you’re unsure of its meaning compared to “probiotic.” Previously, you’d have to switch to your browser to search. Now, you can activate Circle to Search by long-pressing the home button or navigation bar, highlight “prebiotic,” learn more, and seamlessly resume the video with a swipe.

Circle to Search allows you to initiate searches from any app, eliminating the need to pause your current task and open a browser for a search. Additionally, if you typically take screenshots as reminders to search later, this is no longer necessary; you can search immediately without disrupting your ongoing activities.

On January 31, Circle to Search will debut on the recently unveiled Galaxy S24 Series smartphones at the Samsung event. Additionally, it will be accessible on premium Android devices like the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, supporting all languages and locations where these phones are sold. Google anticipates expanding support to more Android smartphones over time.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip6 Set to Bolster Battery Life

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Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Z Flip6 is set to tackle battery life concerns by featuring a larger 4,000 mAh battery, addressing the criticisms of the smaller cells in previous Flip models like the Galaxy Z Flip5, which had a 3,700 mAh battery. While still smaller than some competitors, such as Oppo’s Find N3 Flip with a 4,300 mAh battery, the 4,000 mAh in the Flip6 represents about an 8% increase from the Flip 5. The Flip6 will maintain a dual-cell configuration, with one cell rated at 1,097 mAh and the other at 2,790 mAh, totaling a 3,887 mAh rated capacity, likely resulting in a 4,000 mAh typical capacity. Additional rumored upgrades include a larger 3.9″ cover display (up from 3.4″ in the Flip5) and a significant camera improvement with a 50 MP main camera compared to the 12 MP in the Flip5. The Galaxy Z Flip6 is expected to be officially announced in the middle of this year.

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