3 Security Settings To Change On Your WhatsApp Now

What have you been doing on a daily basis to secure your data? Think about your main apps or systems, how do you feel about their security? 

I have worked with a security company for the past few weeks and I was shocked to see how quick they were able to find vulnerabilities or even worse, to crack passwords and get access to an entire network. 

Hackers usually use a very personal approach, social engineering, to get basic information and make you believe it is a real message. 

How does it happen? 

They send you an SMS with a code and use one of your contacts that has been previously hijacked to communicate with you and ask for that specific code. Voilà! This is all they need to get access to your account.

Take a look at a real case: 

Jeremy Vine on Twitter: “Here’s how I got hacked on WhatsApp. Hoping this helps you avoid the same experience! https://t.co/Nwuww0sLvP” / Twitter 

Here are 3 simple settings that can considerably increase your app security.

Enable Two-Step authentication 

Open your WhatsApp app and go to Settings / Account / Two-Step Verification / Enable  Enter a six-digit code of your choice and confirm it.

Two-Step Verification

Uncheck the auto-save photos and videos to your camera roll.  

Settings / Chat and uncheck the option “Save to Cameral Roll” 

Uncheck “Save to Camera Roll”

Avoid saving unwanted media that may be infected with viruses as well.

Protect your privacy by adding more restriction about your personal information and availability. 

Go to your WhatsApp settings again / Account / Privacy

Change your privacy settings

The less information you pass on to third parties, the better!

These actions will take less than 3 minutes and make your WhatsApp app much safer. You can also apply the same principles for different apps, software, systems. It’s never too much to add some extra security layer. 

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