WhatsApp Known Safety Tips

So far WhatsApp is a quite secure order application. Even so some of the following security tips you should know.

Check Conversion Encryption

By default, all WhatsApp conversations are encrypted end-to-end. But when sharing sensitive information such as credit card details or bank account details, you should double check encryption.

To ensure that the chat is fully encrypted;

  1. Open a chat window with your contacts
  2. Tap the contact’s name
  3. Tap on Encryption
  4. You will see a different set of numbers together with the QR Code.
  5. We can ask contacts to scan the QR Code. Or you can scan a contact’s QR code.

Turn on Security Notifications

Every time you start a new chat you will be given a security code for both devices. By default, the security notification is turned off but you can activate it so WhatsApp will notify you every time the security code changes.

To enable security notifications;

  1. Open WhatsApp> Settings> Account> Security> Show security notification
  2. Change the slider to active

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

WhatsApp also has a Two-Factor Authentication feature which is also a useful step to secure your account.

After you enable Two-Factor Authentication, a verification code will be needed when you will try to set up WhatsApp on a new device.

To enable Two-Factor Authentication for your number;

  1. Open WhatsApp> Settings> Account> Two-Factor Authentication> Activate
  2. Enter the 6 digit passcode sent by WhatsApp
  3. Enter your recovery email if you forget the passcode

Use the Official WhatsApp Application for PC

If you want to use WhatsApp on PC Desktop, it is strongly recommended to use the official application instead of WhatsApp Web.

According to security companies, WhatsApp Web is considered to have a security threat. Therefore it is recommended that users use the Desktop version application and not WhatsApp Web.

Always Log Out from WhatsApp Web

WhatsApp Web is a platform that allows you to use services on a PC without external applications or anything. If you are a regular WhatsApp Web user then after you use it it is recommended to log out so that no one can access private conversations.

So whether it’s a home PC or a public PC, after using it, you have to log out of WhatsApp Web so that private conversations are safe.


How to ‘Hide’ Chat WhatsApp

Do you have a friend who likes to borrow a cellphone then idly reads your WhatsApp chat? If so, there is a way to prevent the message from being read by others, by “hiding” the chats.

This method actually does not really hide the message, because it is only “archived” as the name of the WhatsApp feature.

In this way, we can ‘hide’ certain chats, or even whole without needing to delete them.

Also through this Archive feature, your WhatsApp chat can be “hidden” from the screen and resurfaced when needed.

WhatsApp chat or group can be archived all.

But what deserves attention is the chat that you have archived it will automatically appear again on the screen if there are new messages that come in.

Well, here’s how to “hide” WhatsApp chat:

To “hide” certain chats:

On the chat screen, tap and hold the chat you want to hide. At the top, right next to point three, the Archive icon will appear.

Just select the icon with the down arrow and your chat will enter the archive and it will not appear on the chat screen.

To return the chat to the screen (Unarchive / Open archive):

Scroll to the very bottom of the Chat screen. There you will find the words “Archive chat”, followed by the number of chats that you have archived.

Enter that section then tap and hold the chat you want to return to the screen, followed by selecting the Unarchive / Open archive icon (in the form of an up arrow).

To “hide” all chats on screen:

Settings / Settings> Chat> Chat history / Chat history> Archive all chats / Archive all chats.

To return all chats to the screen, you can enter Chat history / Chat history then select Unarchive all chats / Open archive of all chats.

Or go to the “Archive chat”> tap and hold one chat> tap the dot at the top right then “Select all” to return all the archived chats to the screen.