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Here’s how you can remain safe on WhatsApp

Nowadays, social media and instant messaging platforms such as WhatsApp itself, may not be 100% safe for users.
Hence, we decided to come up with a few tips on how you can ensure your WhatsApp account remains safe from hacks and other problems.
These points, by the way, are applicable on both iOS and Android phones.
Last seen, profile picture and about: You should make sure that your privacy settings on WhatsApp are set at least on My Contacts. It isn’t a good idea to keep your profile picture public, especially if it features underage people.
Control who can see when you last logged in?
One way to learn your habits is when people get to see when you last logged in to WhatsApp. Make sure you select Nobody when it comes to privacy settings regarding the last seen status.
You never know who may be the “leak” when it comes to your texting or general habits.
About section: How much should you divulge?
Don’t consider this your social media profile where you need to post all about yourself and give away important details such as age, designation, or CNIC number on the WhatsApp about section.
You can keep this option public if you are a business account or a company but take care to divulge information that is only necessary and one that you need to make public.
Again, important information shared from your end can result in hacking and identity thefts.
Privacy Settings for Groups: this is the most important privacy setting, and it should be updated very often when you add a new contact in your address book. The best option to select is “My Contacts Except…” > Select All, and you have to repeat this operation every time you add a new contact.
What happens is, you won’t be automatically added to a group when someone adds you to it. An invitation will be sent to you. This gives the user the power to make his/her decision that they either want to join the group or not.
This is very important because any strangers might add you in bad groups, that trigger WhatsApp servers in order to ban you.
Privacy Settings for Status:
You should always have control over things you send to your status updates. By default, when you send a new status update, WhatsApp forwards it to all your contacts but, in some cases, you might want to exclude specific contacts using “My Contacts Except…”. In our opinion the best option you can select is “The only Share With…”, selecting your close friends.
Sources: TechCrunch