How to protect your data and messages in WhatsApp: five effective tips

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How to improve security in WhatsApp

Meta's WhatsApp is one of the most popular applications. More than 2.7 billion users use it to send messages and multimedia files.

WhatsApp is constantly improving its features and privacy tools to offer maximum protection of personal data. Of course, there are potential risks, so experts have explained how to protect your personal data and messages.

Timer for deleting messages

WhatsApp is available for Android, iOS, Series 40, Symbian (S60), and Windows Phone. The app has end-to-end encryption, app blocking, and many other settings that make it a relatively secure messenger.

There are a few tips to help improve WhatsApp security. Simple steps, according to Uzma Hussain, WhatsApp's Chief Privacy Officer, can help keep your account safe.

WhatsApp allows users to turn on message disappearance, which automatically deletes all messages, including media files, after a set time.

Go to Settings, Privacy, Default message time, and select a timer that includes options such as 24 hours, 7 days, and 90 days.

End-to-end encryption

Messages are end-to-end encrypted by default. When you enable this feature for backup to Google Drive and Apple iCloud, even cloud storage providers will not have access to your messages.

Go to Settings, then Chats, Chat backup and then enable end-to-end encryption backup.

Private chats

If you have a chat that you want to keep private, use the new chat lock feature and set it up with a unique password. You need to go to the chat room you want to block and select the access password.

Cyberattacks through calls

Many users also face cyberattacks through WhatsApp calls. To protect your gadget from hackers, you can make settings for unknown callers. By enabling the feature, the phone will not notify users when a call comes from an unknown number.

Go to Settings, Privacy, Calls, and activate the unknown caller mute feature.

Relay calls to protect against IP surveillance

WhatsApp has recently introduced a new relay call feature that protects IP addresses and makes it harder for hackers to find your IP address.

Go to Settings, Privacy, Calls, Advanced, and turn on IP address protection during calls to protect your IP address.

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