Simple Privacy Tips for WhatsApp Users

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The story of WhatsApp is every entrepreneurs dream scenario. CEO Jan Koum and Brian Acton, both formerly of Yahoo, founded WhatsApp in 2009 and never in their wildest dreams imagined how popular their service would become in a matter of months. WhatsApp is nothing but glorified text messaging, but its popularity and widespread usage cannot be discounted. Almost every functional smartphone today has a version of WhatsApp installed on it.

In April 2014, the number of WhatsApp users crossed 450 million, and they cumulatively shared 700 million photos and 10 billion messages every single day. All this without a mention of Facebook’s massive $19 billion takeover of WhatsApp in February 2014. Today, WhatsApp is one of the handful of services that define the tech industry and work towards changing the way our generation connects with each other.

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Interestingly, WhatsApp’s largest user base resides in India and amounts to more than 50 million active users. With this in mind, we would like to post some security tips and advice for our Quick Heal readers, and inform them about some steps they can take to protect their privacy over WhatsApp.

Safety tips to follow while using WhatsApp

  • Never send private information like bank account details, PINs or passwords through WhatsApp.
  • Never accept files or begin downloads from messages sent to you by strangers or unknown numbers.
  • Never respond to suspicious messages that come through from unknown numbers.
  • WhatsApp as a service will never contact you through a WhatsApp message. Never trust any message that claims to come from WhatsApp and demands some payment for the service.
  • Some scams say they can connect your PC with WhatsApp and send messages from a desktop. Do not believe these as this is not possible.
  • Keep automatic downloads disabled so that you can always keep a check on what is being downloaded.
  • Avoid using WhatsApp when you are connected to open Wi-Fi networks. These are hunting grounds for malware authors and data sniffers.
  • Always keep an updated antivirus security solution installed and updated on your mobile device.

Tips for privacy settings over WhatsApp

While the aforementioned tips are useful for generic purposes, there are some steps you can take to protect your privacy over WhatsApp. Usually, messages can be received from anyone so this is a major loophole in the app. However, this is something that is a salient feature of the app, do not expect this to be disabled anytime soon. Nevertheless, you can take these steps to safeguard your privacy over WhatsApp.

# Step 1 – Go to Settings and click on Account.

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# Step 2 – Now click on Privacy.

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# Step 3 – Over here you can view and change settings for Last Seen, Profile Photo and Status. It is advisable that for all these 3 options, you select My Contacts.

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Unfortunately, blocking all messages from unknown numbers is not possible over WhatsApp. However, if you have received a message from an unknown number and wish to receive no more messages from that number, you can open that particular chat window and block the contact from there.

With these small privacy tips for WhatsApp in mind, you can definitely ensure that your usage over this app is as secure as possible. Additionally, by installing an award winning solution like Quick Heal Total Security on your device, you can also ensure that your smartphone remains protected against all kinds of mobile security threats. Stay safe!

Rahul Thadani

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Harshal Pande
Harshal Pande
6 years ago

Sir i have doubt regarding this.

is there need to worry if any app is taking your location?

Ronit Sarawgi
Ronit Sarawgi
6 years ago
Reply to  Harshal Pande

popular apps are not a problem for that

Siraj
Siraj
6 years ago

Hello Rahul, the settings you had shown is for android phones. So what about Windows phones?.

Regards,Siraj.

Abhisekh
Abhisekh
6 years ago

where the privacy settings in windows phone installed whatsapp

Abhishek Singh
Abhishek Singh
6 years ago

Nice and informative. Thanks.

vishal vyas
vishal vyas
6 years ago

Sir i have doubt regarding this.
is there any problem if i delete the mobile numbers of friends.

Mehul Prajapati
Mehul Prajapati
6 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Thadani

Hi Rahul

Mara Sellphon ma No. Add Karelo Se Ane Te No. Mare Whatsapp Ma Block Karvo Se To Kai Rite Kari Sakay

Please Reply Me.

Thanks

Abdullah Sumar
Abdullah Sumar
6 years ago

This is really nice. Thanks for the information quick heal moderators 🙂

P.K.PANDEY
P.K.PANDEY
6 years ago

Thanks for knowledge sharing.

regards
p.k.pandey

Atul
Atul
6 years ago

hi

if you dont need than dont use its not good for piece of mind

Vijay
Vijay
6 years ago

nice very much useful.

Vijay
Vijay
6 years ago

awsome

Vijay
Vijay
6 years ago

thanks

siddharth
siddharth
6 years ago

Dear Rahul,

I own a Nokia Lumnia-510 handset and there is no such PRIVACY option in the settings where I can personalize my profile. Please help Windows based phone users in this regard.

samy
samy
6 years ago

i’m using Nokia Lumia 520. here settings totally different. here is no privacy settings. so can you give me some tips?

arjun sagar
arjun sagar
6 years ago

my whatsapp is ok now jai hind

Milind
Milind
6 years ago

Hi Rahul,

i would like to point out that most users forward messages & posts they find interesting without really thinking much about it or having any malafide intention. To that extent, the tips pertaining to ‘strangers or unknown numbers’… would be valid for known numbers too.

Milind
Milind
6 years ago
Reply to  Milind

I see a lot of people using free public wifi networks on mobile devices.. they use these devices for financial & other (email etc) transactions – both on such networks & off them. in many cases the username/password combinations are ‘saved’ and not required to be punched in.
I’d like u to do a piece on the subject.

MADHUSUDAN GHEDIA
MADHUSUDAN GHEDIA
6 years ago

I recently sending my family v.clips but sent result not clear and dots shadows etc.in sent clip. Prior time sending clips were very clear. How can this problem solve ? Pl.help and oblige

Rupesh
Rupesh
6 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Thadani

I see a lot of people using free public wifi networks on mobile devices.. they use these devices for financial & other (email etc) transactions – both on such networks & off them. in many cases the username/password combinations are ‘saved’ and not required to be punched in.
I’d like u to do a piece on the subject.

Satwik
Satwik
6 years ago

very informative and useful……….

Aaliya
Aaliya
6 years ago

sir
i want to know that can i see the deleted chats on whats app.waiting for your reply.

Gagan Srivastava
Gagan Srivastava
6 years ago

Hi Rahul,

Its very useful information and keep up to date with these security tips.

Manjurul Hasan
Manjurul Hasan
6 years ago

Hi harsal
Why don’t you give us the way to get full version of it free,cause many of us don’t have virtual money to buy the full app.we are just using free trail virsion.please show us a way to get this app totally free.thanks

lokendra singh
lokendra singh
6 years ago

i have a question to ask…the info about setting u have given above….according to me it is only in a android phone..m using a windows phone ..if i go to setting there is no privacy setting kind a stuff…i am using nokia lumia 520. do u have any solution for this

if yes please let me know

Daulat
Daulat
6 years ago

I think windows mobile has not these settings.

Archishman
Archishman
6 years ago

Awesome. Thanks.

KASAM LADHANI
KASAM LADHANI
6 years ago

Thanks a lot

Joshi Akash
Joshi Akash
6 years ago

sir I eant to give passwors to my whatsapp accoount then what should I do

amit
amit
6 years ago

is it safe to share private pics, data on whatsapp??

Ashu T
Ashu T
6 years ago

Can you list some TRUSTED apps for locking the WhatsApp?

Aashish
Aashish
6 years ago

is it possible to make out whether any contact has blocked the contact

Subhajit
Subhajit
6 years ago

Hi Rahul

Mey Computer mey whatsapp karna chatahu kya se karu

advance Thanking…

pari
pari
6 years ago

awsome and educational security tips….kudos to quick heal team….:)

Arpit
Arpit
6 years ago

Hi Rahul, I was going through your blog, after reading these last few lines- “Additionally, by installing an award winning solution like Quick Heal Total Security on your device, you can also ensure that your smartphone remains protected against all kinds of mobile security threats.” ; I could not help but comment here. I was using nokia 701 before, I made numerous request over the last year for QH to add that phone model in PC2Mobile scan list. All requests and efforts got wasted. Now I have switched to a windows phone.. I was wondering if QH will now launch… Read more »

monisha
monisha
5 years ago
Reply to  Arpit

This app is very good.But how to secure our display pic without downloading to any one.Please could you tell me.

Rajiv Singha
5 years ago
Reply to  monisha

Hi Monisha,

One’s display pic on WhatsApp cannot be downloaded. However, a screenshot of the same can be taken. For more information on this, you can contact WhatsApp support >> https://www.whatsapp.com/contact/

Regards,

monisha
monisha
5 years ago
Reply to  Rajib Singha

Thank u Sir for your kind information.But they could save it in their gallery right.How to prevent from it?please could you tell me Sir.

aamod joshi
aamod joshi
6 years ago

sir, i have some doubts about whatsapp plus.

this application, when downloaded, asks to uninstall original whatsapp.. though this app (whatsapp plus) gives all plus additional features as compared to the original whatapp, i have doubt over its authenticity.. is it original and authenticated by whatsapp publisher group? please advice.

rohan
rohan
6 years ago

who else can view my data transferred on whatsapp except me and the user? i hav sent some private pics through whatsapp would it b safe?

Pankaj Sachdev
Pankaj Sachdev
6 years ago

Hi Rahul,

I received a message from an unknown number on WhatsApp starting with +315 and it showed a gift to download. I didn’t download but I sent a message asking who it was. I received a reply with some transaction id…. I’m worried about it. ..will it hack my bank account. … u have banking apps on ny fone. ..I’ve blocked that number and ran a security check on my fone…no suspicions arose from the security app. Any suggestions.

Chintan
Chintan
6 years ago

The primary objection I have with Whatsapp is anyone on your Contact List can See your DP & status. However, there are many people on our phonebook, whom we dont want to see those. For example, my doodhwala’s ph no. will also be on my phone. Some people might not want their boss to see. Some student dont want their principal to see. Is there any solution? Like On FB I can select who sees what..

vijaykumar
vijaykumar
6 years ago

Dear sir,
After Changing The privacy setting After one day
i have recd msg..That Massages are corrupted..
How Was That happend pls reply.
Thanks

ATIF ZAIDI
ATIF ZAIDI
6 years ago

@Rahul Thadani SIR I don’t think enabling auto downloading in Whatsapp will harm in anyway. The reason is Whatsapp till date only supports MP3 audio Wav Audio And Video Files like MP4 3GP and FLV. No MP3 song whatever the source is can ever be attached with a virus file its impossible. Video Files can be attached with viruses but its a very cumbersome and time consuming process. Most viruses comes from downloading PDF ODF or MS WORD EXCEL Attachments and Whatsapp doesn’t support them so no there is no downloading. And now whatsapp is using DB.CRYPT7 ENCRYPTION which is… Read more »

vishal vyas
vishal vyas
6 years ago

sir i send my personal messages to my friend.so sir that message was read anybody.please sir tell me fast as fast

thank you.

prabhakarMachiwal
prabhakarMachiwal
6 years ago

This information is useless for me,b’cause I haven’t whatsapp.

MuraleeCP
MuraleeCP
6 years ago

Better make ” ABC Group” among your close friends as you are the admn. This is most suitable to communicate among friends and without any privacy impeachment.

Sam
Sam
6 years ago

Is their anyway through which i can totally block a contact on my cell phone, messaging and whatsapp all together. Actually their is a friend of mine which i would like to block because of some personal reasons. Now, we have lots of mutual friends. Sometimes our mutual friends come and check my phone and my whatsapp normally. They might see that i have blocked that particular contact.

I do not want to block that person through Whatsapp. Is their a different way of doing it?

Please help.

mehul
mehul
6 years ago

hi,
i use whatsapp on my laptop through bluestack app.
is this app. is secure?
can i share my personal pics and videos on whatsapp? anyone can see or share or do misuse of my data shared on whatsapp?

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago
Reply to  mehul

Hi Mehul,

It is important to understand that WhatsApp Inc. has not released any official version of WhatsApp for PC. So, it is wise to assume that such third party applications may be a threat to your privacy and computer data.

Regards,

Amed
Amed
6 years ago

Hi. Good and very informative blog. I just wanna ask regarding the whatsapp contact in group chat. Usually when you are invited to join a group chat which there are unknown phone numbers, you may find there are some of the contacts whose names located over the right after their phone number. My son tried whatsapp plus and the installation put off this function. I’ ve already re installed the whatsapp but the problem did not resolved. This has become troublesome since my company use this particular program to add on new prospects for briefing and clarification and I cannot… Read more »

Imtiyaz
Imtiyaz
6 years ago

Hello.
Can we send a text message to single recipient within a group ?

nisha
nisha
6 years ago

Hello sir
Sir I am about to.change my no on.what’s app my question is can anybody or unknown people see my new no after that?

samitha simon
samitha simon
6 years ago

Dear WhatsApp family,
My Suggestion is that there should be an option like profile visitors ..This Option will be more interesting .

john
john
6 years ago

Dear rahul

is it safe enough to send pics or videos which are completely personal ?

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago
Reply to  john

Hi John,

With popular Android apps, and even websites getting hacked, it is advisable to refrain from sending highly sensitive information including personal photos, passwords, financial details, confidential data, etc., over WhatsApp.

Regards,

satya
satya
6 years ago

i created a group with one friend from my contact list in whatsapp. so the group is exclusively for we two. However, a contact on that friend’s phone was able to know that we have created this group and the people in that group and also when the group was created. how is this possible?? may kindly answer please.

Rajendra
Rajendra
6 years ago

Sirji,

1. When I send message in group, whether , every body in group will receive the message.

2. I am administrator of group if any body from group is sending message will it go to everybody in the group
Thanks
RAjendra

raj
raj
6 years ago

hi
one of ma friend told me that some of d photos he has sent to his friend later found in some obscene sites.what about the safety n privacy of pics sending tru watsapp.pls clarify

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago
Reply to  raj

Hi Raj, WhatsApp’s Terms of Service states that “The contents of any delivered messages are not kept or retained by WhatsApp — the only records of the content of any delivered messages reside directly on the sender’s and recipient’s mobile devices (and which may be deleted at the user’s option).” You can read more about this here – https://www.whatsapp.com/legal/ So, while it may be safe to assume that your information on WhatsApp is safe, it is safer not to send intimate photos, and personal information like login id passwords, bank account details, credit/debit card details, etc., over any Internet platform.… Read more »

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