WhatsApp has become a prime target for cyber attacks and the spread of malicious malware.
It has been announced that WhatsApp now has two billion users worldwide which makes it the biggest chat app on the planet.
Android and iPhone users should be aware of these warnings.
Here are some top tips you must act upon if you are a WhatsApp user.
•Update Your Profile Privacy:
It’s possible to control what details you share with others on WhatsApp in your personal profile. The app lets you decide who you’d like to share your profile information with – whether that’s everyone, just your contacts, or nobody.
Restrict your Last Seen, Profile Photo, About and Status within WhatsApp’s privacy setting menu.
•Set up A Two – Step Verification:
Two-step verification adds an additional layer of protection by requiring your six-digit PIN when resetting and verifying your WhatsApp account. This helps prevent your WhatsApp account being accessed in the event of your SIM card being stolen or your phone number compromised.
Setting up two-step verification is simple, and can be found in the ‘Account’ tab within WhatsApp settings.
•Set Your Group Privacy Settings :
The 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.
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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.
•Lock your WhatsApp with Touch ID or Face ID:
Add an extra layer of security to their accounts with Touch ID and Face ID for iPhone, and Fingerprint lock for Android.
As with many banking apps, 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.
Follow the links to enable Android Fingerprint or Touch ID and Face ID.
•Update the app regularly :
Many updates involve new and improved security features. To ensure your security standard is always top notch, make sure your WhatsApp is updated to the newest version available.
If your phone does not have its auto-update setting turned on, you will need to manually update WhatsApp by going to your phone’s app store, searching for WhatsApp, and tapping ‘update’.
Keep your mobile phone operating system up to date to get the latest security protections from Apple or Google.
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