WhatsApp warning for ALL 2billion users – two settings you must turn on today | The Sun

ALL WhatsApp users need to check their security settings – you might be putting yourself at risk.

There are two essential settings that everyone should be using.

Security settings are one of the best ways to fend off hackers, snoopers and criminals.

Two-step verification

Firstly, make sure you turn on two-step verification.

It's an extra step for verifying your phone number, to help keep hackers out of the app.

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Hackers regularly try to break into WhatsApp accounts.

Hijacking a WhatsApp account is an easy way to gain the trust of your friends and family, allowing even more sinister scams to be enacted.

To turn on two-step verification, go to Settings > Account and toggle the setting to On.

It could save you from a devastating hack attack.

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WhatsApp lock

Locking your WhatsApp separately to your iPhone is very important.

It means people who are using your phone can't read your texts.

To set this up you need to head to your WhatsApp settings.

Then click "Account" and then "Privacy".

From here, you can switch on "Screen Lock" with either Touch ID or Face ID.

You'll also be able to pick a duration time for when the ID is required again.

Now whenever you go to open the app, it'll ask you for your prints or a picture of your face to check it's really you reading your private chats.

You can still read and quick reply to messages in your notification window, so the tool isn't foolproof.

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You'll also be able to answer WhatsApp calls.

You can always disable all message previews in your iPhone settings.

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