May 28, 2023

A practical test to see if your WhatsApp is secure

WhatsApp is a messaging application that is present on about 99% of cell phones in Brazil. Therefore, it can be said that it is one of the most popular apps in the country. Although the app has enhanced security as it has end-to-end encryption and is available on the official download stores, many users may be wondering if their accounts are actually safe.

In this sense, it is important to point out that it is common for users themselves not to be aware of the security mechanisms of WhatsApp, which are set up by Meta, the owner of the application. In this way, the way to ensure the security of your data is to make use of these resources, and this is what you will follow in the article. See more below.

WhatsApp is one of the most popular apps among Brazilians nowadays / Credit: jeanedeoliveirafotografia /

How do you know if your WhatsApp is safe?

First of all, it is worth noting that the tips for the security features of WhatsApp can help you to avoid cloning your profile, and also to ensure greater security of your profile information.

One of the first mechanisms is two-step verification in WhatsApp. To activate it, you must go to your account and enable the two-step confirmation function.

The second possibility is to set a password to protect your WhatsApp. This functionality, somewhat unknown, is available for iOS and Android. To activate it, just go to Settings and tap on Account and then Privacy. Once done, tap on Lock screen.

The next step would be to tap Request Face ID and enable this switch. Thus, every time you open WhatsApp, you will need to enter your biometrics.

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What are the protection mechanisms?

Another mechanism that helps you protect your confidential information is Single View. With it, you can send photos or videos that the user can only view once. This feature, which has been available since 2021, provides greater privacy for network users.

It should also be noted that the other user is not allowed to take a screenshot of what you have uploaded in one view. This feature is available and you can select it when you upload the file. Just tap on the 1 icon that will be at the bottom of the screen, before sending the file.

You also need to look out for false links that are sent by cyber criminals which can have a series of negative effects for those who click on them. Therefore, it is recommended to check the security of links before clicking on them.

However, another tip is to hide your photo from whom your contact is not saved. This is a tactic that can make it more difficult for criminals to duplicate your profile, something that often happens in a Pix coup.

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