WhatsApp is issuing an urgent warning to all 2 billion users – ignoring it could cost you dearly

WHATSAPP has launched a new campaign to get everyone to use the best privacy settings.

Meta’s own chat app has shared 10 tips and tricks to try – to avoid privacy or cybersecurity risks.

Make sure you use the best WhatsApp privacy settings

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Make sure you use the best WhatsApp privacy settingsCredit: WhatsApp

Hackers and scammers are getting more sophisticated, so having the best settings is more important than ever.

And since WhatsApp has more than two billion users worldwide, it’s a prime target for snoopers.

But good privacy settings aren’t just about saving money: they also give you more control over your personal information online.

WhatsApp says its privacy tips can help users “feel comfortable enough to have conversations — not just about big topics, but everyday things.”

Here are WhatsApp’s top 10 privacy tips…

#1 Watch once

“To have more control over who sees the media you send, you can share photos or videos that disappear once viewed by the recipient with the View Once feature,” WhatsApp explained.

“To use View Once, go to your chats as usual to send a photo, then click on the photo and tap the ‘1’ on the right side of the caption box.

“A pop-up window will appear saying ‘This photo will only be shown once’.

“WhatsApp also recently announced blocking of screenshots for View Once messages, adding an extra layer of security when sharing media.”

#2 Disappearing Messages

WhatsApp said: “Wouldn’t you like your private messages to sit around forever? With Disappearing Messages, you can choose to have messages disappear after 24 hours, 7 days, or 90 days.

“Just tap the name of the chat you want your messages to disappear into and tap ‘Disappearing Messages’.

“You can also set this as the default for all your chats in settings.”

#3 Add Face ID

“While you probably already have a PIN code or Face ID lock on your phone, what you may not know is that you can add an extra layer of security by also locking your WhatsApp’s screen with Face ID,” WhatsApp said.

“To add face recognition to access your chats, turn on the Require Face Recognition option in WhatsApp’s settings menu.”

#4 Choose which groups you join

WhatsApp explained: “Tired of being invited to surprise birthday or wedding group chats without being asked first?

“You can easily choose who can invite you to groups by changing your group settings in Settings > Accounts > Privacy.”

#5 Hide your profile picture

“Similarly, if you’re in a large group chat and don’t want people you don’t know to see your profile picture, you can hide it from people who aren’t your contacts or hide it from specific contacts by go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Profile Photo,” WhatsApp revealed.

#6 Leave groups in silence

“WhatsApp recently announced that soon all users will be able to leave a group without triggering a notification,” WhatsApp explained.

“Just click on the name of the group chat you want to leave and tap “Leave Group” (but make sure your app is updated to the latest version!)”

#7 Hidden Online Presence

“While many people are aware that you can change the visibility of your ‘last seen’ within the app, WhatsApp recently announced that you can now hide your online presence, giving you the freedom to choose when you want,” WhatsApp said.

“Dubbed ‘Stealth Mode’ by fans of the feature, you can access this option in Settings > Privacy > Last Seen & Online.

“Here you will find a new option ‘Who can see when I’m online.'”

#8 Enable two-factor verification

WhatsApp explained: “If you haven’t already, you should enable WhatsApp’s two-step verification. It’s an extra step that verifies your phone number and helps protect your account.

“Go to Settings > Account > 2-Step Verification to turn it on.”

#9 End-to-End Encrypted Backups

“When you create an end-to-end encrypted backup, your messages and media are stored in the cloud and secured by a password or 64-digit encryption key,” WhatsApp said.

“This means that messages stored in your cloud phone storage (like iCloud or Google Drive) are fully encrypted, just like your messages on WhatsApp.

“To enable it, go to Settings, tap Chats > Chat Backup > End-to-End Encrypted Backup. Tap Turn on, then follow the prompts.”

#10 Turn off read receipts

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WhatsApp added: “Sometimes we feel the pressure to always reply and not let someone ‘read’.

“If you need a little more time to think about a reply, or just don’t want to reply yet, you can turn off your read receipts by going to Settings > Account > Privacy > Read Receipts.”

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