International Women’s Day: WhatsApp has these 7 safety tips for you
08 Mar, 2021, 07:28PM IST
?Turn on disappearing messages on WhatsApp
With disappearing messages turned on, new messages sent to a chat will disappear after 7 days. With this feature turned on, you can peacefully chat considering the conversations aren’t permanent.
Get device linking security update to be sure that someone else is not seeing your WhatsApp chats
WhatsApp has added an additional layer of protection when you want to link your WhatsApp account to your computer. To link WhatsApp Web or Desktop to your WhatsApp account, you will be asked to use your face or fingerprint unlock on your phone, before scanning a QR code from the phone to link your device. With this feature, you will get a pop-up notice whenever a Web/Desktop login occurs ensuring that someone else is not seeing your WhatsApp chats.
?Enable two-step verification to prevent WhatsApp account hacking
It is always advisable to enable two-step verification as it adds an additional layer of protection by requiring a six-digit PIN when resetting and verifying the WhatsApp account. With this, you can prevent your WhatsApp account from being accessed in the event of the SIM card being stolen or the phone number being compromised. Setting up two-step verification is simple. Just open WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.
?Remember to block users with whom you don’t want to chat any longer on WhatsApp
When a user blocks another, they can no longer see last seen or if the contact is online. The best part is that they cannot see updates to a contact's profile photo. Any messages sent to a contact who has blocked you will always show one check mark (message sent), and never show a second check mark (message delivered) and no calls will go through.
?Lock your WhatsApp account with Touch ID or Face ID
WhatsApp also offers its users the ability to add an extra layer of security to their accounts with Touch ID and Face ID for iPhone, and Fingerprint lock for Android. You can also decide whether you would like WhatsApp to automatically lock you out of the app as soon as you close the app, or after various durations of inactivity. Simply open WhatsApp Settings. Tap Account > Privacy > Screen Lock. Turn on Require Touch ID or Require Face ID, and then select the length of time WhatsApp can be on standby mode before Touch ID or Face ID is required.
?Enable WhatsApp group chat privacy settings
Group Privacy setting enables you to control who adds you to a WhatsApp group – enabling you to pick and choose which group chats you’d like to be a part of. To enable it, go to Settings in your app, then tap Account > Privacy > Groups and select one of three options: “Everyone,” “My Contacts,” or “My Contacts Except”. “My Contacts” means only users you have in your address book can add you to groups and “My Contacts Except” provides additional control for who among your contacts can add you to a group. Women can now avoid being a part of unknown groups, with this feature enabled.
?Report messages as spam if you are bothered by repeated texts on WhatsApp
It is possible for other WhatsApp users who have your phone number to contact you. If encountered with Spam or repeated texts, WhatsApp always advises users to block the sender, disregard the message and delete it.