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Improve Your WhatsApp Security and Privacy with These Unbeatable Tips


WhatsApp is a free messenger app that can make Internet voice and video calls, send messages, images and other content. It’s a little safer than some social media platforms, as you need a user’s phone number before being able to add them; but there’s always room for further security.


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There’s plenty you can do to improve your privacy and security and remain safe when using WhatsApp. Here are ten tips for teens and parents when using this popular app.

1. According to WhatsApp’s terms, the minimum age needed is thirteen years old before a young person is allowed to use the service. Thankfully young teens are only able to contact those who they have added to their WhatsApp account but it’s best to occasionally check their contact list in case of someone unknown being added.

2. WhatsApp has a high-degree of encryption and security already built-in; however, by tapping the Security option within the Account option, you’re able to display any security notifications that may crop up from time to time.

3. Tap the three vertical dots in the top right of the WhatsApp interface, followed by tapping the Settings option. Now tap the Account option, then Privacy. In here you’re able to limit the amount of personal information a contact can view, as well as block any contacts.

4. Again, from the Account option, tap on the Two-Step Verification setting to set up a PIN in addition to your usual login information. This will enhance the security of your WhatsApp account, should you ever lose your device.

5. If you’re using the web version of WhatsApp, click on the three vertical dots, followed by Settings. Although not as comprehensive as the app’s settings, you can set up your notifications and block any users if necessary.

6. If someone becomes aggressive or starts to bully you in WhatsApp, take a screenshot and record the evidence, then approach a parent and guardian and show them what’s going on. Don’t respond to the person and don’t block them immediately. Always talk to a parent or guardian before doing anything.

7. Back to the Privacy settings in the app’s Account option, don’t forget to limit the Last Seen setting. The three options available are: Everyone, My Contacts and Nobody. This will prevent contacts from seeing where you were when you posted any content.

8. Any contacts that send you a message can be blocked, muted and the chat content cleared or emailed if needed. Just open the message, tap the three vertical dots and select the appropriate option from the menu.

9. WhatsApp also utilises the device’s built-in Location feature. This enables geo-tagging of content as it’s uploaded. If you want to upload something but want to make sure that nobody knows where you are, quickly tap the Location function on your device to disable it before uploading.

10. Once you have a message open, long tap the contact and you can see the contact’s information. From there you’re able to block them, report them as a spam user, mute them or even verify that the messages sent are fully encrypted.


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