An overview of WhatsApp’s privacy features

An overview of WhatsApp’s privacy features: WhatsApp, which Meta owns, describes itself as a “simple, secure, and dependable messaging and calling” service. According to Statista, India has 487 million WhatsApp users, making it the nation with the most extensive user base for the instant messaging and calling service.

Here are some of the application’s privacy and security features that have added.

Contacts can’t see your profile picture, last seen, or status changes.

A new WhatsApp update earlier this week included a new mechanism to conceal your profile picture, status updates, and other information from others. For example, you might choose to reveal your profile photo, last seen data, and status updates to everyone, all of your contacts, or no one until the update.

The new version of the original three choices introduced a “My contacts excluding…” option. In addition, users may now opt to conceal this information from a subset of their contacts.

This implies that everyone in your contacts, save the ones you choose, can view this information.

Hide the last time you viewed from people who don’t have a chat history

WhatsApp implemented a new privacy feature in December 2021, hiding users’ Last Seen from anybody who hasn’t messaged them on WhatsApp previously.

So people in either of those categories would not able to view your Last Seen until you messaged them. Even if your Last Seen visibility was set to “Everyone” or “My Contacts.” But, again, this was an attempt to prevent stalkers from spying on users.

Messages that vanish

Around the same time, WhatsApp introduced a new function called vanishing messages. Which is helpful for users who desire more privacy.

The new function would enable users to establish a default duration for all communications, with messages disappearing after 24 hours, seven days, or 90 days. But, people might still get around this functionality by screenshotting or photographing the discussion from another device.

WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption.

WhatsApp introduced end-to-end encryption as a groundbreaking privacy feature in 2016. Because communications encrypt end-to-end, only the two users could see them, and no third parties. Such as Facebook, Apple, or Google, could see them.

Each conversation has its security key or encryption code, which show as a QR code and a 60-digit number. Two users conversing on the platform may verify whether their keys match to ensure. That their conversations are genuinely encrypted and that all of their attached devices are up to date with the encryption.