WhatsApp is one of the most used instant messaging apps right now. Many people use it as a main way of texting with family, friends and even for businesses, making the WhatsApp account more critical. Since our privacy is important, protecting your WhatsApp account has become essential.
Apart from the end-to-end encryption offered by the application, which is part of the application itself and not optional, there are some other tips that can help you secure your whatsapp account and make it more private.
A biometric verification feature can be one of the best things to do to secure your WhatsApp account. A fingerprint or face identificarion security layer will make it much harder for anyone to use your WhatsApp account without your permission.
To enable this feature on iOS, head to Settings > Account > Privacy > Screen Lock. If you are using Android you need to head to the menu button then Settings > Account > Privacy > Fingerprint Lock.
The feature also locks WhatsApp automatically after a certain time passes for more security. The 'immediately' option means you will have to unlock it everytime. This is kind of annoying but it can be worth it if you send sensitive information through the application.
Another layer of security you can add to WhatsApp is 2 step verification. You may have already used this feature with another application or service because it is very popular now. This security feature means with every sign in into the app, a code will be sent to your phone number and you need to input it to sign in.
Without your number, it can be impossible to login into your account. So if you trust that your phone number is safe, you can enable this feature as another security layer for your WhatsApp account.
To enable this feature on iOS, head to Settings > Account > Two-Step Verification. If you are using Android, head to the menu and choose Settings > Account > Two-Step Verification. There you will be prompted to add your 6 digit backup password or a backup email address.
Notifications are surely an essential part of the instant messaging experience. However, if privacy matters more, then you can consider stopping these notifications that can let anyone view your incoming messages.
To disable notifications for upcoming WhatsApp messages on iOS, then head to Settings > Notifications. If you are using Android then you can head to the Menu button and also select Settings > Notifications.
You have a great choice of showing alerts while disabling previews. This means you will get a notification but without the message content. To enable that you can disable the 'Show Preview' option, but this feature is only available on Android.
Blocking spammers can be one other good thing to make your WhatsApp experience better. Fortunately, if someone new sends you a message, WhatsApp gives you the chance to block and report them with a simple touch.
You can also block any contacts if you already had a conversation with them. You can block them from the contact conversation page. You can also unblock the contact through the same page.
Hiding chats you don't like anyone to directly see if they see your WhatsApp chats is easy to do for any WhatsApp account. All you need to do is long press on the chat you need to hide, then select 'archive'. This immediately moves your chat to the archive and it doesn't show up in your chats.
The archive can be easily accessed from the bottom of the conversations list. So it is not a secret place at all, but still it is a small trick to keep any stalking eyes away from a specific chat conversation.
Sometimes the best way to protect data is to delete it permanently. If you think your WhatsApp account holds conversations with sensitive information you don't need to access again, then this can be a great trick to check.
To bulk delete your old messages, you need to mark the chats then delete them permanently. This will make you unable to retrieve these messages again, but it is always a good idea for unneeded chats. It will free up space on your phone you might need for other data.
Read receipts is a feature that is activated by default in your WhatsApp account. It puts two blue marks on the messages when people see them. However, if you can give away this feature then you also won't let people know if you read the messages or not. This can be a good feature if you don't want any sort of annoyance and want the maximum privacy while using WhatsApp.
To disable read receipts on iOS, you need to head to Settings > Account > Privacy, then disable the feature. On Android, you need to head to the menu button, then go to Settings > Account > Privacy.
You should also note that while people won't be able to know if you read the message, the feature will still work in WhatsApp groups as the mark turns blue when all the members have seen the message no matter who has turned this feature off.
There are other tricks that people use to read messages without activating the blue mark whether in private chats or WhatsApp groups. For example, turning off the WiFi or using an application to view the message as a notification instead of viewing it through WhatsApp.
Heading to the privacy setting of your WhatsApp account can help you tweak many settings. You can control your last seen to define who views your last active time or if you don't want anyone to view it at all. You can also control who views your profile photo and your 'about'. This is if you don't want people to see them or if you don't want specifically people outside your contacts to see them.