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Using Quikr or OLX? Protect your Privacy on WhatsApp
June 15, 2015

If you have been getting unwanted calls or messages on WhatsApp, then it might be because of your Quikr or OLX account. Know why from this post.

Protect your privacy on WhatsApp
 

When you put up something for sale on Quikr or OLX, you have to share your number mandatorily, so that prospective buyers can contact you. Unless you have a secondary phone number, you have to share your primary number in most cases. And thanks to the popularity of WhatsApp, nearly every Internet enabled mobile device has this instant messaging app in it.

A week ago, a friend of mine wanted to give some stray puppies up for adoption. So, she posted an ad about it on one of these portals. And because she had given her personal number, she started getting messages on WhatsApp. What was discomforting was the fact that none of these messages was about adopting the puppies. One text read “Hey, nice profile pic!”; another message read “Hi, where do you stay?” and other messages of these sort.

What we are trying to help you understand by stating this incident is the fact that by using services such as OLX, Quikr, etc., you might be compromising your privacy on the Internet; in this case, on WhatsApp.

So, if you have also come across an incident such as the one described above or wish to prevent the same, then here are some steps you need to follow:

1. If you have an alternate phone number which you do not use for WhatsApp, then use it for putting up ads, instead of your primary number.

2. Tighten the privacy settings on your WhatsApp

• Go to Menu

• Go to Settings

• Tap Account

• Tap Privacy

• Tap Profile Photo

• Tap My Contacts (This ensures that only your contact list can see your profile pic on WhatsApp)

For more privacy tips for WhatsApp users, read our blog post here.

That would be it for today’s short post on how to protect your privacy on WhatsApp. If you come across any such similar incidents, please do share it with us. We will highlight it in our upcoming posts. Stay safe!

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  1. RAJ SHARMAJune 15, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    very nice software

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  2. saurabh ingleJune 17, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    NICE BUT SCANING PROBLEAM

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  3. priya jainJune 17, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    No

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  4. rameshbabu.gJune 17, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    ok tnq

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  5. Ramprakash kumarJune 17, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    great

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  6. i am user of whatsapp

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  7. hi deyr sir best of quick hale

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  8. SUNIL MALIKJune 18, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    I WANT TO A WHATSAP

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  9. Best comunication of mobile

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  10. Bijayalaxmi DashJune 18, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    why whatsapp is not activating in my computer

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  11. Very useful tip. I immediately changed the whatsapp privacy settings though I am still not on Quickr or OLX etc.

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  12. CHANDRAKANT AONIJune 18, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    We recommend you to get in touch with WhatsApp support. They will be able to give you more clarity on this:

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  13. CHANDRAKANT AONIJune 18, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    why whatsapp is not activating in my computeR

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  14. zia mehdiJune 18, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    How to sent confidential data and images on whatsapp.

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  15. PANKAJ PATELJune 18, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    very nice

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  16. NAVNEET YADAVJune 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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  17. OMG vermaJune 19, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Yes I Need WhatSapp AppLication of Laptop

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  18. Perfect

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  19. pls tell me how i can extract my phone number from my whatsapp

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  20. Shrawani patnaikJune 19, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    a nice suggesion…..

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  21. Anmol JaiswalJune 20, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    good software

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  22. md maaz aliJune 20, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    but laptop ka nahi hai whats app agar laptop ka hoto zaroor mail karen

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  23. vivek kumar mauryaJune 20, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    nice

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    world best software

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  26. sannjay kumarJune 21, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    thanks u all user

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  27. Jagdish TamyaJune 21, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Very useful tip. I immediately changed the whatsapp privacy settings though I am still not on Quickr or OLX etc.very nice software and Thank’s To Mr. Rajiv Singha ji……….And Good Day……

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