Millions of WhatsApp users have been urged to change settings NOW – don’t risk waiting or it could cost you

WHATSAPP users are prompted to change their settings – don’t wait to improve your privacy.

There are some simple adjustments you can make to make your WhatsApp more secure right away.

A simple trick adds a special lock to your WhatsApp app

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A simple trick adds a special lock to your WhatsApp appPhoto credit: WhatsApp / TikTok / @letsdodiz

Even if you rarely use WhatsApp, it’s still important to keep the app private.

Now TikTok star and tech genius @letsdodiz shared some easy WhatsApp hacks to keep you safe.

Lock your WhatsApp app

Did you know that it is possible to put a secondary lock on WhatsApp?

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That means even if you unlocked your iPhone for someone, you can prevent a person from viewing your WhatsApp messages.

All you have to do is set up an additional Face ID or Touch ID setting.

To set this up you need to go to your WhatsApp settings.

Then click on “Account” and then on “Privacy”.

From here you can turn on “Screen Lock” with either Touch ID or Face ID.

You can also select a duration when the ID will be required again.

Now when you open the app, you will be asked for your fingerprints or a picture of your face to verify that you are really reading your private chats.

You can still read and quickly reply to messages in your notification window, so the tool isn’t foolproof.

You can also receive WhatsApp calls.

You can turn off all message previews in your iPhone settings at any time.

Change your Last Seen

Another good trick is to make sure people don’t know when you last used WhatsApp.

Otherwise anyone with your phone number can see when you were last on WhatsApp.

You can currently turn off WhatsApp Last Seen through your settings menu, but you only have the option to turn it off for all or all of your contacts, not specific people.

The feature is available in the Privacy section of your WhatsApp settings.

Consider setting the feature to “Nobody” or specific Trusted Contacts.

WhatsApp will soon update this feature with the ability to hide your online status.

Disappearing Messages

For years, WhatsApp messages were permanent: even if you deleted them, everyone else could still see them.

Then WhatsApp allowed you to “unsend” SMS within a certain period of time – and delete them for you and all recipients.

Last but not least, earlier this year WhatsApp introduced a new feature that automatically “unsent” messages.

This is important because it means some texts sent to you will not be preserved.

And if you activate it, your own texts will also disappear.

It is an important privacy feature that you should enable.

And if you don’t enable it, note that texts sent to you can still be “unsent”.

So how can you enable WhatsApp disappearance messages today?

Open your app on mobile, then go to Settings > Account > Privacy.

Check for missing messages, and then slide the switch to the On position.

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Then select a time period for messages to disappear – 24 hours, 7 days or 90 days.

You can also enable it by going into a specific chat and tapping the person’s name, then going to Disappearing Messages.

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