Currently, WhatsApp protects the personal calls and messages of users with default end-to-end encryption, so no one but the intended recipient can hear or see them. However, that is just one important part of protecting your privacy. Over the years, they have added new layers of privacy protections to give you multiple ways to secure your messages, including disappearing messages that self-destruct, end-to-end encrypted backups when you want to save your chat history, 2-step verification for added security, and the ability to block and report unwanted chats.
Recently, WhatsApp introduced several new privacy features that provide even more layers of protection and give you more control over your messages. This is all part of how they work to keep your conversations secure on the platform.
Leave Groups Silently
Users love group chats but some are not forever. Whatsapp is making it possible to exit a group privately without making it a big deal to everyone. Now, instead of notifying the full group when you are leaving, only the admins will be notified. This feature will start to roll out to all users this month.
Choose Who Can See When You’re Online
Seeing when friends or family are online helps us feel connected to one another, but we’ve all had times when we wanted to check our WhatsApp privately. For the moments you want to keep your online presence private, Whatsapp is introducing the ability to select who can and can’t see when you’re online. This will start rolling out to all users this month.
Screenshot Blocking For View Once Messages
View Once is already an incredibly popular way to share photos or media that don’t need to have a permanent digital record. Now Whatsapp is enabling screenshot blocking for View Once messages for an added layer of protection. We’re testing this feature now and are excited to roll it out to users soon.
Whatsapp will be kicking off a campaign to educate people about the new features and their continued commitment to protecting your private conversations on WhatsApp. They hope people enjoy getting to use these new features and benefit from several options that help you keep your messages secure.