ALL WhatsApp users are urged to review their settings to stay safe online.
Cyber experts have told The Sun that it’s important to make sure you’re using the best possible WhatsApp settings.
But you could be exposing yourself to unnecessary risk by using the wrong settings.
We spoke to two cyber experts who shared the best way to stay safe on WhatsApp.
The most important setting to enable is two-step verificationsaid Tom Davidson, security expert and senior director at cyber firm Lookout.
“This is the first line of defense against someone trying to access your messages by configuring your number on another device,” Tom told The Sun.
“If this setting is enabled, users will be prompted for a PIN before the number can be associated with WhatsApp.
“It provides extra protection in case someone makes it to get your username and password.”
Using two-step verification can be crucial when it comes to preventing hackers from gaining access to your accounts.
But don’t stop there.
WhatsApp is packed with clever features to protect your privacy.
Many of them are hidden in your settings under the Privacy tab.
“In this section you can configure all sorts of privacy-related settings, e.g. B. who can see your profile and status,” added Tom.
“You can also configure a screen lock and turn off read receipts.”
That’s not all.
If you update your phone regularly, you should be extra careful, according to cyber expert Brian Higgins.
“It’s worth remembering that when you install WhatsApp on a new device, your privacy will be reset to factory settings,” Brian, a security specialist at Comparitech, told The Sun.
“You should regularly review and update your privacy settings.
“And also ‘clean’ your contact list every few months.
“Try to get rid of any that you haven’t used in a while or that you don’t recognize.”
There are some other important safety tips you can take advantage of.
These updates often contain important security fixes that eliminate bugs used by hackers to attack your device.
And you should also generally be cautious when someone asks for personal information (like credit card details or sign-up codes), even if the text message appears to be from a friend.
If a hacker gains access to your WhatsApp account, you can kick them out by logging in again.
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