WhatsApp started as a general messaging service that was meant to help people connect with their friends and relatives.
But gradually, WhatsApp is being transformed into an all-in-one social platform with stories, channels, communities, digital avatars, group calls and many other features, and it has over 2 billion users. is more than
The Meta-owned messaging service has also introduced a number of privacy features over the years to protect WhatsApp accounts.
Uzma Hussain, WhatsApp’s privacy director, has identified 5 such features that protect users’ accounts from potential security threats.
Turn on Disappearing Messages
WhatsApp users can use this feature to make all their messages and multimedia files disappear after a specified time.
To enable this feature, go to the Privacy section in Settings and click on the Default Message Timer option.
There you will see 24 hours, 7 days and 90 days options from which you can choose one of your choice.
Enable end-to-end encryption backup
Well, WhatsApp has the end-to-end encryption feature for private messages by default, but you have to do it yourself for backup.
When you enable end-to-end encryption for backup data, no one (even WhatsApp) can access it.
To use this feature, go to WhatsApp settings and click on Chats and then Chat Backup option.
There, click on End-to-End Encrypted Backup and enable it.
Lock sensitive chats
The Chat Lock feature was introduced in May 2023 by which different chats are stored in a folder while accessing them through the phone unlock method.
These chats can now be further protected with a secret code.
Open the chat you want to lock from this feature and select the Lock Chat option by clicking on the profile name above.
Mute calls from unknown numbers
WhatsApp added a feature to automatically mute calls from unknown numbers in June.
To use this feature, click on Privacy in Settings and go to Calls option and enable Silence Unknown Callers.
Hide IP address during WhatsApp calls
With this feature users can hide IP address during calls on WhatsApp.
Enabling this feature makes it very difficult for others to know your location.
To use this feature, open WhatsApp and go to Settings.
Select the Advanced option in the Privacy section of Settings.
There, click on the Protect IP address in calls option and enable it.