News24LAST UPDATED: Oct. 9, 2020, 5:43 p.m.
New Delhi: In this modern digital age your personal data and information is like gold, it’s very sensitive and important for you. On the other hand profitable for shady business that feed on it, user data is a gold mine for hackers and business that target consumers by their opinions and personal choice. So the importance keeping your data safe on cyber space is paramount.
WhatsApp is one of the most prominent and widely used online messaging platforms ease-of-use and the fact that you can accomplish so much on it for free. From video calls to voice messages to sharing media files, WhatsApp has made a lot of things much simpler for its users.
And to assure the users and for their piece of mind WhatsApp also employ end-to-end encryption of your messages so that the data could be kept safe and even the company can’t see it. However it is also good to take more precautions to add further layer of security for your data. You can follow these three steps for that:
1. Enable two-factor authentication
WhatsApp service supports two factor authentication (2FA). This adds a periodic passcode to WhatsApp, and also ensures your data isn't accessed by someone else.
To activate 2FA, go to Menu > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable. Follow the steps to create a six-digit PIN code that you can easily remember. Importantly, add your email address to retrieve that code in case you forget it. The periodic checks for the passcode are randomized, so it's not exactly the same as password-locking your chat. But that's not 2FA's purpose anyway. The purpose is to stop someone else from accessing your WhatsApp account without your consent.
2. Turn off chat backups
WhatsApp gives you the option to back up all your chats. You can do it every day, every week or every month, as it suits you. However, while WhatsApp chats are end-to-end encrypted, once these chats get saved on Google Drive or iCloud, they no longer are and can be hacked.
The only way to prevent this is to not keep chat back ups.
Besides giving you the option to decide how often you want your chats to be backed up, it also gives you the option to turn it off. If you think you don’t needs back-ups of your chats, you need to go to Settings and select ‘Never’ or ‘Only when I tap “Back up”’ as you want. This way, the chats will only get back up when you manually do it.'
3. Lock your app
Most smartphones these days give you an option to lock the app with a passcode or biometrics like your fingerprint or face ID. If your smartphone allows you to lock the app, you should do it.
By any chance if you ever forget your phone anywhere or leave it unattended, no one but you will be able to open your WhatsApp. Also, not just WhatsApp, you should also lock other important apps like your bank apps and payment apps.