Nearly everyone is on WhatsApp these days but very few people actually take the time to make sure they are using the app safely.
The Facebook-owned service is now the world’s biggest chat app, boasting some two billion members.
This means it is now a prime target for cyber attacks and the spread of malicious messages.
That’s why bosses have now issued a number of warnings on how to stay safe while on the site, reports the Express.
So read on for five tips which will help you use the app safely.
1) Set up 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.
2) Get your profile privacy updated:
You have the power to control what details you share with others on WhatsApp in your personal profile. WhatsApp lets you decide who you’d like to share your profile information with – whether that’s everyone, just your contacts, or nobody.
At any time, you can restrict your Last Seen, Profile Photo, About and Status within WhatsApp’s privacy setting menu.
3) Sort 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.
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.
4) Lock your WhatsApp with Touch ID or Face ID:
WhatsApp 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.
As with many banking apps, 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.
5)Update the app regularly:
WhatsApp says it is constantly working to improve its service for users. That’s why 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’.
In addition, you should always keep your mobile phone operating system up to date to get the latest security protections from Apple or Google.