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10 tips to stay safe while using WhatsApp

WhatsApp is India’s favourite app with over 200 million users. But fake news, spam messages and links get shared quite easily on WhatsApp. Here are a few ways you can stay safe.


1. Enable two-step verification. This will ensure your data is not accessed by someone else. After activating it, create a six-digit PIN code that you can easily remember.

2. Lock your WhatsApp. To make WhatsApp more secure use an app to lock it. This will prevent a malicious person from viewing your texts, images and videos.

3.Turn on security notifications. This will ensure you get a notification when a contact’s security code has changed.The code changes when a new phone or laptop accesses an existing chat.

4. Disable cloud back-ups. WhatsApp backs up chats to Google Drive or iCloud. But this back-up isn’t encrypted. So if you really care about your privacy, disable the back-up feature.

5. Protect your privacy. You can control who can see your last seen, profile photo, about, status, and live location. Restrict these to your contacts. Connect only with trusted individuals and groups.

6. Watch out for scams. Do not tap, share or forward suspicious messages. Many users report receiving strange messages from unknown numbers. Watch out for messages that ask you to share personal information or ask you to click on a link to activate a new feature. Delete the message and block the sender.

7. Never send sensitive information. Never send your bank, credit card, passport or other identification details via WhatsApp. Avoid sending addresses, phone numbers and log in details for emails or social media as well.

8. Deactivate your account when you misplace your phone. If your phone is lost or stolen, do this using another device to ensure that the person who finds your phone does not log into your account.

9. Always log out of WhatsApp Web. This is to prevent other WhatsApp users access to your account.

10. Report abuse to WhatsApp. If someone is sending abusive or spam messages, you can report this to WhatsApp.


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