Since the takeover of one of the world’s most used social media messaging platforms- WhatsApp by another social media giant Facebook, there has been growing apprehension over the privacy concern. Earlier last year Facebook was charged with series of privacy suits. This obviously made many WhatsApp users think twice about their usage. Meanwhile, other players like Signal (promoted by Elon Musk) and Telegram are fancying their chance to be at the top.
We are now concerned about the privacy policies of WhatsApp (me included), there have been thousands of stories floating around the internet that suggest Whatsapp is soon going to take away your personal detail blah blah…
But in fact, you don’t have to switch to any of the alternatives just follow these steps to make sure you are safe.
Turn off the auto-download option
You do not want to respond to malicious multimedia and attachments, this will eventually put your device and personal data at risk
Settings > Chats > Save to camera roll (off)
Never share your 6 digit security code generated by WhatsApp
Most of the online hackers just need that 6 digits to hijack your account. So even with a friendly message – do not share your 6 digit passcode (I cannot stress this point more).
Turn off your automatic backup
I know, it’s hard. Most of you out there would probably change your device 2 or 3 times a year and you don’t want to lose your chat history. But this is one of the most vulnerable space your chats can be. While WhatsApp claims that our messages are end-to-end protected. The chat history that we backup does not have any security. It is not clear whether Google and Apple data-mine these for personal information, but it’s better to be on the safe side.
Settings > Chats > Chat backup > Automatic Backup (Off)