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#WhatsAppPrivacy: Prevent Unknown Additions to Groups!

WhatsApp is a ubiquitous app on smartphones worldwide. It's the most widely used messaging app globally, thanks to its numerous features. Despite many new messaging apps emerging, WhatsApp's popularity remains unmatched.

WhatsApp continually introduces new features to meet users' needs while prioritizing security. However, one common issue users face is being added to unknown WhatsApp groups. While it’s acceptable to be added by known contacts, being added by strangers can lead to spam and even fraud. Recently, scams involving fake part-time job offers in group chats have been on the rise, along with an increase in calls from unknown numbers.

To protect yourself from these issues, WhatsApp offers simple settings. Here’s how to secure your WhatsApp account from being added to unknown groups and receiving calls from unknown numbers.

Steps to Secure Your WhatsApp:

  1. Open WhatsApp: Start by opening your WhatsApp app.

  2. Go to Settings: Navigate to the settings menu.

  3. Select Privacy: In the settings menu, find and click on the 'Privacy' option.

  4. Manage Group Settings:

  • Click on 'Groups'.

  • You'll see options: 'Everyone', 'My Contacts', and 'My Contacts Except'.

  • Select 'My Contacts'. This ensures only people saved in your phone’s contacts can add you to groups.

Steps to Block Unknown Calls:

  1. Go Back to Privacy Settings:

  • In the privacy settings, select the 'Calls' option.

  • Enable 'Silence Unknown Callers'. This will prevent calls from numbers not saved in your contacts.

  1. Protect Your IP Address:

  • Click on 'Advanced' in the privacy settings.

  • Enable 'Protect IP Address in Calls'. This prevents unknown callers from accessing your phone details.

By following these simple steps, you can enhance your WhatsApp security, avoiding spam and fraudulent group additions and calls.