3 helpful WhatsApp security tips for protecting your data on the voice and messaging service
- To improve your WhatsApp account's data security, you can enable two-step verification, disable cloud backups, and turn on security notifications.
- You can also change how much information you share through WhatsApp's Privacy menu, located in the messaging app's Settings section.
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In January, Insider reported that WhatsApp confirmed their new policy would "not expand our ability to share data with Facebook." Around a month later, due to confusion among users, the company announced it would slowly rollout the opt-in with a new deadline of May 15. And if users don't opt-in, some aspects of the app, like messaging, will stop working.
WhatsApp security tips for protecting your data
You can't stop what WhatsApp shares with Facebook now, but if you aren't among those who migrated to messaging apps like Signal or Telegram, here are a few additional suggestions beyond privacy setting protections for keeping your WhatsApp data and personal information safe from anyone.
Enable Two-Step Verification
Two-step verification is offered by many apps and is well worth using, especially since it essentially ensures no one else can log into your app or device but you. Activating this feature in WhatsApp is relatively simple and takes only a few seconds.
Here's how to enable two-step verifications in your WhatsApp settings.
Disable automatic cloud backups
While some people want to keep records of their conversations, doing so leaves those conversations vulnerable to prying eyes who could gain access to iCloud or Google Drive where they're stored. This is because backed-up conversations lack the encryption of live ones within WhatsApp, so it's important to disable this option.
Turn on security notifications
You can have WhatsApp alert you if another device gains access to your private conversations by enabling security notifications. Given that WhatsApp creates a security code whenever a device joins a conversation if that code ever changes, you need to know about it. Here's how to toggle on this option.