WhatsApp recently introduced disappearing messages. The message you send and receive disappears (they are actually deleted) after a set amount of time. This was because you used to have to enable it for each conversation separately.
WhatsApp has now updated its app, allowing you to set it to include disappearing messages in every new chat that you initiate or receive. It is now easier to manage your privacy through this instant messaging app.
You can delete your WhatsApp messages automatically
Disabling or enabling disappearing messages in WhatsApp was not a problem. However, it was necessary to do this for each chat separately. You had to go into every conversation individually, toggle the option, then leave. It was tiring at times.
As announced on WhatsApp’s blog you can now make this a default setting for every chat. The messages you send to new people or start a chat with them will be deleted after a certain time. This applies to messages that are sent by others or conversations that are initiated by another person. These settings are also applicable to group conversations you create.
What happens when you enable this functionality by default?
You can choose to make this feature default, which you can do through the in-app privacy settings. The other person will see a message indicating that disappearing messages have been enabled.
This will let the person know that you can choose to turn on disappearing messages in the app and not because of a specific conversation. This will ensure that the person doesn’t think you added disappearing messages because of them.
This functionality is not available retroactively for existing conversations due to it being optional. You can also include disappearing messages to them, but you’ll need to go back to the original way of doing it: Open individual conversations and then turn this option on.
You can also do the opposite. You can set disappearing messages as a default in all new conversations. However, you can also turn it off for specific conversations that you wish to save. This allows you to be more flexible with this function. WhatsApp allows you to delete messages for 24 hours, 7 days and 90 days.
WhatsApp really cares about your privacy?
Although it’s nice to have this functionality, don’t be fooled. The company Meta (or ex Facebook) still owns this app. They are interested in monetizing data about you or your data.
Use apps such as Telegram and Signal if you are serious about privacy. WhatsApp is a popular messaging platform that is used widely all over the world. However, the company behind it has come under fire for its privacy policies. Many people switched to Signal because of privacy concerns, despite WhatsApp’s assurances that all chats are encrypted so they cannot be viewed by Facebook or it. Signal is a private messaging platform that provides encryption from end to end and privacy-focused features. It also collects very little information about users.
Another thing that was discovered in the past year regarding privacy breaches on WhatsApp has been reported. This app is being used by bookmakers to target vulnerable gamblers. They have their personal data in their database. The messages they send them encourage them to gamble, even though this type of advertising and promotion is against WhatsApp’s commerce policy. We advise that you report them and instead gamble at reputable online casino, which the link will take you to.
What is WhatsApp’s actual safety rating?
WhatsApp security is a serious problem. This makes it a target for hackers and scammers. WhatsApp is it secure? Not entirely. It is not. WhatsApp is one the most used messaging apps in the world. This is obvious. The app is used by over a billion people every day and they send more than 65 billion messages each day. Security issues, malware threats and spam are all starting to surface.
WhatsApp is more secure than any other communication app because it uses end to end encryption. However, no app is 100% safe. Scammers are often targeting WhatsApp as well as any other digital device or software. Hackers discovered that malware could be installed on phones by calling users via WhatsApp in May 2019. WhatsApp fixed the flaw immediately, but hackers continue to search for ways to exploit weaknesses in apps.
WhatsApp has access to all your contacts and tracks where and for how long, which can compromise your privacy and personal data. WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption technology means that your communications, including files and messages, are private. Only you and the recipient have access to them. We recommend that you think about how trusting you are with the person you are communicating with. The recipient of a digital communication can click on printscreen to record what you sent, or even copy it onto a second device.
WhatsApp conversations can be stored. We all know this, but how long? For their security and privacy, WhatsApp users’ conversations are only saved on their phones. WhatsApp saves messages that are not delivered and they are deleted only after they are delivered. This could be because the recipient is not connected to Wi-Fi or is offline. Delivered messages are deleted after 30 days. Undeliverable messages will be removed, but they will remain on your device until you delete them.
How can you protect your privacy? Malicious software can never be completely protected from any application. To keep your smartphone and app safe, we recommend that you update your software regularly. We also recommend optimizing your privacy settings and not sharing any untrued content.