WhatsApp and privacy are not words that usually go in the same sentence, at least not in a positive tone. And it is that from common users of other applications, to influential figures in the world of technology, there are many who say that the most used instant messaging tool in the world is not secure.

However, despite the comments, the company belonging to Facebook continues to release updates so that each user can configure the highest security when communicating in this way, either through ios or Android.

Options to protect your privacy on WhatsApp

WhatsApp has several options available for iOS and Android that must be activated by users depending on the information they want to share and with whom.

1.Set up two-step verification: Two-Step Verification adds an extra layer of protection by requiring your six-digit PIN when resetting and verifying your WhatsApp account. This verification helps prevent others from accessing your information when the SIM card or phone number has been stolen or otherwise compromised.

Setting up two-step verification is very simple and can be done by accessing the “Account” tab in the WhatsApp settings.

2.Update your profile privacy: This feature has the ability to control what details are shared from the WhatsApp profile, being able to choose between all, some or no contacts. Clearly, the ability to choose with whom we share photos or other information of interest minimizes the possibility that they fall into the wrong hands.

3.Order your group’s privacy settings: The Group Privacy settings presented at the end of last year, as one of the most anticipated updates of the platform, since it allows to control who can add us to WhatsApp and thus avoid the hassle of being in groups without having asked.

This feature can be enabled from the Settings menu of the application. Once there, you must select Groups Account and choose between one of the three options: “All”, “My contacts” or “My contacts except”. “My contacts” means that only the users you have in your address book can add you to groups and “My contacts except” provides additional control over who among your contacts can add you to a group.

4.Lock your WhatsApp with Touch ID or Face ID: WhatsApp offers its users the ability to add an additional layer of security to their accounts with Touch ID and Face ID for iPhone, and fingerprint lock for Android. As with many banking apps, you can also decide whether you want WhatsApp to automatically block you when you close the app, or after several periods of inactivity.

With all these available settings, WhatsApp really allows us to have control of our privacy from various points of view. Do you think they are enough or should WhatsApp include other options?

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