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WhatsApp’s New Feature to Protect Users from Phishing Scams

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Feb 12, 2024
WhatsApp Launches Enhanced Security Feature to Guard Users Against Phishing Scams | Technology Update

With the rise of phishing scams, many people have fallen victim to them and lost their money and personal data. These scams are also becoming more prevalent on popular instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp. In response to this, Meta has developed a new feature to help protect its users from phishing attempts on WhatsApp.

The new feature makes it easy for users to quickly block a contact without having to open the message first. This was not possible before. WhatsApp is also providing education to its users on how to identify phishing attempts, including looking out for spelling or grammar mistakes, being asked to click on a link, being asked to share personal information, or being asked to forward a message for financial gain.

Phishing and Smishing attempts are on the rise, with cybercriminals sending messages that appear to be urgent and important, in an attempt to get users to click on them or share personal and banking details. With over 2.78 billion users on WhatsApp globally, it is easy for criminals to target a large number of people. To combat this, WhatsApp has introduced features like silent unknown numbers and the ability to report a number, allowing WhatsApp to analyze and permanently delete suspicious accounts.

The latest version of WhatsApp now allows users to block a message from an unknown number without having

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