WhatsApp is an application that reaches out to every generation of users. Be it an out-of-school child or a 75-year-old senior citizen. The convenience it provides has many buyers. However, at times, people with malicious intent try to abuse it and prey on vulnerable and non-tech-savvy users. This Father’s Day, to help non-tech-savvy fathers, the instant messaging application has compiled a list of tips and tricks that will ensure online safety for moms and dads alike. Also Read – WhatsApp Pay: How To Add (And Remove) Bank Accounts
Here are the WhatsApp tips and tricks that they should follow: Also read- WhatsApp’s new feature will prevent anyone from joining your group
Think twice before forwarding messages: WhatsApp has created a label for all forwarded messages and limits the number of messages forwarded as a way of encouraging users to reconsider before sharing. Our fathers should be made aware that if they are not sure whether something is true or do not know the source of the message, they should not forward it, as it may be fake information. Also Read – How to Transfer WhatsApp Chats from Android to iPhone: A Step-by-Step Guide
In India, there are 10 independent fact-checking organizations on WhatsApp that help users identify, review and verify information. These methods can be a great help in curbing the spread of misinformation on the platform. Additionally, WhatsApp enables its users to verify information by texting a message or information to the Poynter Institute’s IFCN WhatsApp chatbot.
WhatsApp allows users to add an extra layer of security to their account by enabling the two-step verification feature, which requires a six-digit PIN while resetting and verifying your WhatsApp account. This is helpful in case your father’s SIM card is stolen or his phone is hacked.
Blocking and reporting contacts
WhatsApp offers users a way to block accounts. If someone receives an annoying or harassing message, they can either report it or even block the contact. In addition, WhatsApp now offers people the option to keep reported messages on their phones if they wish to share them with fact-checkers or law enforcement officers.
WhatsApp has a feature called ‘Disappearing Messages’ where new messages sent in individual or group chats disappear depending on the duration chosen by the users. Another option is ‘View Once’ which enables users to send photos and videos that disappear from the chat once they are opened.
controlling what others see
WhatsApp offers options where the user can control their personal details such as profile photo, last seen, about, status and who sees it – everyone, only contacts, select contacts, or none. Users can select their desired level of privacy.
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