Errors that you make every day on WhatsApp and that you should avoid
We give you some tips and tricks to strengthen your WhatsApp account and make use of the application more secure.
WhatsApp is a very useful application to communicate with endless contacts in our day to day. We can make video calls, send photos, videos and share many experiences with all your contacts. But we have to be careful with some activities or customs that we usually repeat when using WhatsApp.
Thanks to the end-to-end encryption system, this application is safe and protects our messages. However, we must also do our part to reinforce that personal security. By knowing certain tricks and functions, we can avoid some very common problems.
WhatsApp offers many applications to prevent strangers from invading our privacy or stealing our account. There are still many things you can improve this application on, but for now we can make good use of all the options available.
Next, we give you a series of tips for you to protect your WhatsApp account and avoid mistakes that most users make like giving too much personal information in the profile, not using the phone’s biometric systems or letting anyone add you to a WhatsApp group.
- Block old contacts: If you haven’t talked to former co-workers or neighbors in your old house in years, you can keep your phone on your mobile, but not their contact on WhatsApp. If you include them in the list of blocked contacts, they will not be able to see your profile or talk to you. If they want something important they can call you by phone, but this way you reinforce the privacy of your WhatsApp account.
- Avoid revealing profile photos: Keep in mind that there are contacts to whom you do not want to tell your private life, but who can see your profile picture. It is better to avoid family photos or in private situations.
- Activate 2-Step Verification: With this system you prevent another person from stealing the account or accessing it without your consent, it is one of the security mechanisms that WhatsApp first applied. (Settings> Account> Two-step verification> Activate> Enter a PIN> Next> Enter email. If you forget your PIN, you can disable email verification)
- Use biometric sensors: With fingerprint or facial recognition you can further protect access to your messages. If you leave your mobile on the table without monitoring and without blocking, so no one can gossip about the messages you send to someone else. (Settings> Account> Privacy> Fingerprint lock> On)
- Block the tracking of your location: If you want to tell a person where you are there are many ways to do it, WhatsApp does not have to be using your phone all the time to know where you are. Disable this feature as long as you don’t need it. (Settings> Account> Privacy> Real-time location> None)
- Control who can see your statuses: WhatsApp statuses is an option similar to the publications of any social network, but you can choose who sees them. Maybe your hairdresser, co-workers, or lawyer shouldn’t know everything about your life.
- Prevent anyone from including you in a group: If someone wants to include you in a group chat, they should first ask your permission. Activate this feature that protects your right to decline or accept the invitation (Settings> Privacy> Groups> My contacts, except …> Choose all your contacts that you do not want to be added without invitation)
- Protect your phone storage: WhatsApp saves all the photos and other files that are sent to the mobile and that can saturate the space of your terminal, but you can block this function (Settings> Chats> Save to reel)
- Stop using Drive or iCloud backup: WhatsApp messages are protected with the end-to-end encryption system, but when the copy is uploaded to the cloud they lose this protection. It would be more advisable to save the copy on a device that you have protected, such as your computer.
- Do not spread bullets: Do not share information or links without first checking their veracity. Here we leave you a guide to detect fake news or hoaxes and stop being part of that huge chain of misinformation. When you detect false information or a scam, notify the person who sent it to you.