IF you’re worried about WhatsApp snoopers getting hold of your messages, you’re not alone.
Cyber experts have told The Sun that the best way to ensure your texts are safe is to activate some of WhatsApp’s security features.
But you might be putting yourself at unnecessary risk by using the wrong settings.
We spoke to two cyber-experts who have revealed the best way to stay safe on WhatsApp.
The most important setting to activate is two-step verification, according to Tom Davidson, security expert and senior director at cyber-firm Lookout.
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“This is the first line of defence against someone trying to access your messages by configuring your number on another device,” Tom told The Sun.
“With this setting enabled, users are prompted for a PIN before the number can be associated with WhatsApp.
“It provides extra protection in case someone manages to obtain your user name and password.”
Using two-step verification could be vital when it comes to blocking hackers from gaining access to your accounts.
But don’t stop there.
WhatsApp is packed with clever features designed to protect your privacy.
Many of them are tucked away in your Settings under the Privacy tab.
“This section allows you to configure all sorts of privacy-related settings, such as who can see your profile and status,” Tom added.
“You can also configure a screen lock and enable to disable read receipts.”
That’s not all.
If you upgrade your phone regularly then you should take extra care, according to cyber-expert Brian Higgins.
“It’s worth remembering that if you install WhatsApp on a new device, your Privacy will reset to factory settings,” said Brian, a security specialist at Comparitech, speaking to The Sun.
“You should check and update your Privacy settings regularly.
“And also ‘weed’ your contact list every few months.
“Try to get rid of any you haven’t used for a while or you don’t recognise.”
There are some other key security tips you can take advantage of.
These updates often include important security fixes that squash bugs used by hackers to attack your device.
And you should also be generally wary of anyone asking for personal information (like credit card details or login codes), even if the text appears to be coming from a friend.
If a hacker gains access to your WhatsApp account, you can kick them out by logging back in again.
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