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5 WhatsApp security features you should know

If you’re an avid WhatsApp user, these are some security features you should know about.

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 15:32 IST
WhatsApp security features
WhatsApp security features

WhatsApp has some security features that can help women keep their privacy safe on the messaging app. These security features can be helpful for all WhatsApp users as well.

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app globally which also makes it a vulnerable platform for scams, online harassment and such. If you're an avid WhatsApp user, these are some security features you should know about.

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Disappearing messages

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This feature will make messages disappear automatically after seven days. It can be used in one-on-one chats, and group chats as well. In one-on-one chats, either of the two people can turn it on or off. In group chats, only admins have access to this feature.

WhatsApp Web security

WhatsApp now requires users' fingerprint or face unlock whenever they link their account to the computer. Before scanning the QR code for WhatsApp Web or on the desktop app, users will have to use their face or fingerprint unlock.

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Two-step verification

This is an important security feature in keeping your WhatsApp account safe. Users who have this feature turned on will have to add a six-digit PIN when resetting and verifying their WhatsApp account. This feature can be enabled by going to Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.

Block, report users

WhatsApp lets users block contacts on the app as doing this prevents the other person from seeing any updates. This includes last seen, online status or profile photo. Also, messages sent to blocked contacts will show only one check mark. Other than just blocking, users can also report spam and delete the message.

Fingerprint, face unlock

Your WhatsApp account can be locked using your Touch ID and Face ID on iPhones, and fingerprint lock on Android phones. You can also select the option for WhatsApp to automatically lock you out of the app as soon as you close the app.

Group chats

It's easy to add just anyone in a WhatsApp group but if you want to prevent that you can change the settings. You can choose to let everyone add you to WhatsApp groups, only your contacts or your contacts except some users.

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First Published Date: 06 Mar, 14:27 IST