WhatsApp being one of the most widely-used chat platforms in India has its own set of advantages as well as challenges. From sharing status messages to group chats and calls, WhatsApp can get a lot of things done. But the problem with WhatsApp is that there is no concept of sending ‘friend requests’ first or taking permission before sending a message. The fact that almost anyone and everyone on your phone’s contact list can find you on WhatsApp makes the things a bit tricky as well as ‘risky’ at times. Here are 15 mistakes that you should stop doing on WhatsApp right now.
1.Stop allowing everyone to get access to your WhatsApp account
Take some time out regularly to clean your contact list and delete phone numbers of people you are no longer in touch with. If you think that you may require their contact number sometime, block these irrelevant numbers on WhatsApp at least. There is little meaning for your ex-landlord or the maid who used to work at your house five year ago to find you on WhatsApp. Remember, almost everyone uses a smartphone in India and almost everyone uses WhatsApp.
2.Stop revealing too much information in your profile photo on WhatsApp
It’s a good idea to keep a simple profile photo. Make sure your profile photo does not reveal too much information about you and your family members. Group photos, photos in front of your apartment or photos that reveal your car registration number should be avoided. This is important because your WhatsApp profile photo can be seen by everyone on your contact list. However, there are three privacy options as to who can see your profile photo: Everyone (which means all WhatsApp users), My contacts (people on your contact list) and Nobody (this is as good as not adding any photo).
3.Stop not adding ‘Two-step verification’ pin to secure your WhatsApp account
This will prevent you from being a victim of SIM swap fraud. Also, will not allow others to set up your WhatsApp account on another phone by stealing the OTP from you. Go to settings and add ‘two-step verification’ to prevent someone else from locking you out of your account and use your WhatsApp account on another device without your knowledge.
4.Stop not locking your WhatsApp account with Touch ID or Face ID
WhatsApp also offers its users the ability to add an extra layer of security to their accounts with Touch ID and Face ID for iPhone, and Fingerprint lock for Android. You can also decide whether you would like WhatsApp to automatically lock you out of the app as soon as you close the app, or after various durations of inactivity. Simply open WhatsApp Settings. Tap Account > Privacy > Screen Lock. Turn on Require Touch ID or Require Face ID, and then select the length of time WhatsApp can be on standby mode before Touch ID or Face ID is required.
5.Stop sharing your Status messages publicly with everyone on WhatsApp
Status messages are private and are meant to be shared with your friends, family members and definitely not with your newspaper wala, maid or cab driver. Be sure to use the privacy settings properly to filter out unnecessary people from seeing your status messages.
6.Stop allowing everyone to add you to WhatsApp Groups
There’s an option to restrict who can add you to group messages. The privacy settings are: Everyone (anyone on WhatsApp can add you to a group), My contacts (only people on your contact list can add you to groups) and My contacts except (this option lets you actually select who can add you to a group). It’s always a good idea to not allow any random person to add you to any group chat.
7.Stop adding all WhatsApp media files in your phone’s gallery
This is another critical setting you should be careful of. Remember all those WhatsApp photos consume your phone’s internal storage when they are saved in the gallery. So, unless you explicitly want all those silly ‘good morning’ photographs from appearing in your gallery, disable this option in the settings menu…Read more>>