5 WhatsApp Tips to Maintain Chat Privacy and Security

WhatsApp has now become an inseparable application in life. Users use this chat application to discuss various topics with family and friends.

Whatever the topic discussed, the privacy and security of user conversations must be maintained. WhatsApp already protects user conversations with end-to-end encryption, but users can also activate additional protection using features in WhatsApp.

In the context of Privacy Awareness Week which falls on May 6-12, WhatsApp shares five ways to maintain chat privacy and security on its platform. Check out the list of tips below:

1. Enable passlock and two-step verification

Passkey alias passkeys is one of the newly introduced features on WhatsApp. This feature can provide additional protection for users when logging in by requesting self-verification using Touch ID, Face ID, or the device passcode.

Don't forget to activate two-step verification to ensure that only you can access the WhatsApp account so that it cannot be taken over by someone else. The six-digit code for two-step verification can protect your WhatsApp account from phishing attacks and attempts to take over your account by fraudsters.

2. Organize the information you share

Not only chat content, personal information in your WhatsApp profile must also be protected. WhatsApp provides options to control who can see personal information, status updates, profile photos, last seen, and who can add to groups.

3. Protect sensitive information in chat

Sometimes WhatsApp users often share sensitive information via chat such as telephone numbers, addresses and passwords. So that this information is not spread everywhere, users can take advantage of features such as Disappearing Messages which will delete messages automatically after a specified time.

There is also a View Once feature which allows users to send photos, videos and voice messages which will disappear once the recipient opens them. View Once photos and videos will not be saved in the gallery, nor can they be forwarded, shared, or copied by recipients.

4. Enable Chat Lock for an additional layer of security

The chat lock feature can add additional security. Users can lock certain chats which can only be opened using the device passcode, Face ID, fingerprint, or a secret code that the user can choose.

Locked chats will also be separated from other chat lists, so that random people cannot find them. This feature can protect your secret chats on WhatsApp when your cellphone is being used by someone else

5. Do a privacy check

Still confused about whether you have used WhatsApp's privacy features correctly? Try doing the privacy check available in settings. That way, you can learn about the features used to maintain account privacy and activate the required features.

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