Tips to make Whatsapp more private and secure
- According to Cybernews, Phone numbers of nearly 500 million
WhatsApp usershave been leaked and are up for sale.
- According to the report, one can buy the US database for $7000, while Germany and UK databases for $2000 and $2500, respectively.
- Below, read about some handy tips to make your
AdvertisementAccording to a report from Cybernews, phone numbers of nearly 500 million WhatsApp users have been leaked and are up for sale. The database also includes the private information of WhatsApp users from 80+ countries.
As per the report, one can buy the US database for $7000, while Germany and UK databases for $2000 and $2500, respectively.
Being one of the world’s most popular instant messaging apps, the alleged leak poses a serious threat to users. However, it’s never too late to take the right steps to make your data safe and private. We advise you to follow these tips to keep safe from such leaks.
Here are some tips to help you make WhatsApp more secure.
Enable two-step verification
Enabling two-step verification on your WhatsApp is one of the best things that you can do to enhance your privacy on WhatsApp. To do so, you simply need to turn on this in-built feature.
Navigate to the WhatsApp Settings - Account- Two-Step Verification and click on the ‘Enable’ button. After this, you will be asked to enter a six-digit unique PIN, which will also come in handy when switching to a new device.
Check encryption for sensitive conversations
WhatsApp encrypts all chats by default, but sometimes you should double-check. This is a good practice while sharing sensitive information like credit card details.
To verify the encryption, start a conversation and in the chat window, tap on the contact’s name and then tap on Encryption, and you will see something like this.
Turn on security notifications
A new security code is generated whenever a new device accesses an existing chat, and WhatsApp sends a notification when this security code changes.
Go to WhatsApp- Settings- Account- Security to turn on security notifications. You will see a ‘Show security notification,’ tap on it, and you are good to go.
Disable cloud backups
Disable the cloud backup if you want no risk of backing up chats. To do so, Go to WhatsApp- Menu- Settings- Chats- Chat Backup- Backup to Google Drive- Never.
Check unknown links
On WhatsApp, getting malicious links is a big problem. Some scam messages and links circulated these days may need help to tell whether they are malicious. To avoid these links, copy the link and check it on link-checking sites like Norton Safe Web, PhishTank, and others. This habit will prevent you from opening malicious links.
Hide WhatsApp media from the gallery
You can easily prevent WhatsApp images and videos from appearing in your phone gallery. Simply go to WhatsApp- Settings- Chats- Media Visibility and turn off the toggle.
Once done, WhatsApp media files will be visible only through the app; no other gallery app will not be able to see the same.
Logout of WhatsApp Web when not in use
The WhatsApp web is super handy for many, but you are exposing your data to anyone using that PC or laptop. This is because ‘WhatsApp Web’ logs you in directly whenever you open the browser or the web app.
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