7 Tips to protect you from WhatsApp Security Risk

Here are 7 Whatsapp security Tips for WhatsApp users in India, elsewhere; against WhatsApp Security Risk.

Tips to protect you from WhatsApp Security RiskWhatsApp is growing fast. particularly in countries like India. A significant part of user engagement on Facebook, must surely have shifted to WhatsApp. when seen from that perspective, Facebook’s acquisition of Whatsapp, around the same time last year, appears to had risen from the same shift. Facebook must had though, if Whatsapp is the next most engaging network, then why not buy it. Now we are hearing that WhatsApp has not remained free; Whatsapp users in India and elsewhere will have to pay to use the Service. Lets not digress too much. Coming back to the topic, the Security maker ESET has provided some Whatsapp security tips to Whatsapp users. The tips to prevent Whatsapp security risk are a must, acknowledging the presence of more than 700 million monthly active members one the personal chat network, sending a combined total of 30 billion messages a month. That’s an enormous volume of personal information being communicated, and even though WhatsApp now encrypts all of its messages and data, it pays to be secure with your chats. Below are 7 security Tips to protect you from WhatsApp Security Risk.

 1. Lock WhatsApp

One of the best WhatsApp security tips is the protection against first Whatsapp security risk. It’s to protect your Whatsapp data and user profile. Protect the Whatsapp with a password or PIN. WhatsApp itself doesn’t offer such a function, but there are third-party apps that do. It might seem cumbersome but if you lose your phone, it’s going to prevent anyone else accessing your chats. That apart, Whatsapp is a personal chat messenger. Messenger and Chat Lock, Lock for WhatsApp and Secure Chat are three Android apps that do just that.

2. Block WhatsApp photos from appearing in photoroll

It’s fair to assume that your WhatsApp conversations might occasionally take on a distinctly ‘personal’ note. If you’re sharing images with your significant other, the last thing you want is for those images to appear in your general photostream, popping up when you let a friend swipe through your holiday snaps. This is a major Whatsapp security risk, if not to the app itself, but to the relationship.

On iPhone, it’s easy to fix this privacy leak: Go into your phone’s Settings menu >> then ‘Privacy’ >>’Photos’ >> and deselect WhatsApp from the list of apps whose images are fed into the photostream.

Android users will have to get under the hood a little bit. Using a file explorer app like ES File Explorer, find WhatsApp’s ‘Images’ and ‘Videos’ folders. Create a file within each called ‘.nomedia’. That will stop Android’s Gallery from scanning the folder.

Secondly, if you exclude WhatsApp images from your photoroll, and lock the app as above, it provides another layer of security if your phone is stolen or hacked into – but it won’t be a 100% bulletproof solution to one of Whatsapp security risk (s).

3. Hide ‘last seen’ timestamp

Not sure you want people to know when you’re coming on and offline? It may not seem like vital information, but if a scammer already knows some other things about you, adding that last piece of contextual information could prove useful to them – whether you’re awake or not; at home or overseas; coming out of the cinema or getting off a flight. Or you just might not want contacts – especially colleagues, or your boss – to know you’re checking WhatsApp at your desk.  A major Whatsapp secuity risk (whatsapp related risk) if you use it in office. You can disable or restrict who sees your ‘last seen’ time in WhatsApp’s ‘Profile’; ‘Privacy’ menu, in Android, iOS, Windows or Blackberry. Be aware though, if you turn it off, you won’t be able to see other users’ ‘last seen’ times either.

4. Restrict access to profile picture

Is your profile photo one you’ve used elsewhere – on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter? Maybe it’s even on your company’s website somewhere. If it is, and your WhatsApp sharing is public, anyone you’ve ever spoken to – even if you’ve just replied to an unwanted message – can download your pic from your WhatsApp profile and, using Google Image search, very quickly find out more about you. Set profile picture sharing to “contacts only” in the Privacy menu.

5. Watch out for scams

WhatsApp itself will never contact you through the app. Also, WhatsApp does not send emails about chats, voice messages, payment, changes, photos, or videos, unless you email their help and support to begin with. Anything offering a free subscription, claiming to be from WhatsApp or encouraging you to follow links in order to safeguard your account is definitely a scam and not to be trusted.

6. Deactivate WhatsApp if you lose your phone

WhatsApp offers users simple and effective security tips to keep control of your account if your phone is lost or stolen. As well as locking your SIM card through your network provider, WhatsApp recommends that you immediately activate WhatsApp with the same phone number on a different phone, with a replacement SIM. The app can only be used by one number on one device at a time, so by doing so you instantly block it from being used on your old phone. If that’s not possible, WhatsApp can deactivate your account.

7. Be careful what you talk about

Last but not least, use the same common sense you would with any form of digital communication. Don’t send personal information if you can possibly avoid it – addresses, phone numbers, email addresses – and never send your bank, social security or credit card details, or your passport or other identification details. 

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