5 things you need to stop doing on WhatsApp in 2022

WhatsApp is becoming more important day by day. As we move onto 2022, we realise it is an app, which we actually use daily. No matter whether it’s a study or family group, or a chat with an office colleague or a client, you need to be on WhatsApp. But with time, it is becoming more important to properly understand what are the things you need to keep away from doing in WhatsApp in 2022. Read on to find and understand each one of them.

1. Avoiding enabling 2-step Verification:

Even in 2022, very few know about this crucial security feature in WhatsApp. With increasing cases of SIM cloning and swapping and OTP frauds, it is very important to know about this feature.

To turn on 2-step verification, open WhatsApp > Click on the 3 dots (⫶) at the top-right corner > Tap on Settings > Account > Two-step verification. You need to remember this 6 digit code you will add and use the code whenever you login to a new phone. This provides an advanced layer of security to your WhatsApp account.

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2. Allowing anyone to add you to a group:

If you allow everyone to add you to a group, you are destined to face serious troubles at some time or the other. Anyone would add you to a random group, send any message and remove you, to which, practically,  you won’t be able to do anything. 

To avoid strangers from adding you to a group, follow the given steps: Click on the 3 dots (⫶) at the top-right corner > Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups. Change the option to My Contacts so that only those whom you know will be able to add you to WhatsApp groups.

3. Linking your Bank A/c with WhatsApp Pay:

WhatsApp introduced a new payments feature a few months back but, as experts say, try using the feature with caution. WhatsApp’s parent company, Meta (formerly Facebook) is known for data controversies and privacy concerns. Even in 2022, nothing has changed. So, it would be advisable to not use the Payments via WhatsApp feature unless very urgent. Instead, use other payment apps like GPay, Paytm, PhonePe or BHIM UPI.

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4. Joining Beta programs run by WhatsApp and Meta:

WhatsApp has recently started testing a lot of new features for the app, many of which are available for Beta users. On the one hand, being a beta user gives the advantage of using new features and benefits but, on the other hand, it comes with lots of bugs. Moreover, according to Policies and Terms & Conditions, WhatsApp is not liable for any malfunction of the app while you are a beta user. So, if you ever see a notification baiting you to join the Beta program to use rare features, think twice before clicking on the button.

5. Sharing unverified information or sending inappropriate messages

With the freedom to send any message which even WhatsApp can’t read, there is one loophole that altogether thwarts this end-to-end encryption. If someone reports your messages, WhatsApp receives the messages you sent to him/her. If WhatsApp considers the message as inappropriate & receives multiple reports from different users, it can block your account. Moreover, recently, most of the governments around the world have started considering sharing rumours as a serious offence which may lead to severe penalties. So, better not to share any unverified information or send inappropriate messages to anyone. 

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6. Clicking on suspicious links 

With the new year, new scams enter the market. This is true for all sectors and all apps. In WhatsApp, in addition to old-age scams like ‘Click to get 500 worth recharge’, there are now new fraud styles you need to protect yourself from. Some of these are related to Covid-19 like ‘To get a booster shot, click on this link.’ It is always advisable to avoid clicking on any unverified or suspicious links as it may lead to your smartphone being hacked.

If you think there is some other prohibitive measure one should follow on WhatsApp, let us know in the comments section below.

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