Good news for WhatsApp users: the messaging app is finally improving the privacy of conversations thanks to a new feature.
In the news: WhatsApp hasIP address protection in calls“Proposed, which, as the name suggests, protects users’ IP addresses during conversations.
Context: Currently, calls use a peer-to-peer connection, which allows faster data transfer but above all with the best possible voice quality. The problem is that this method provides very little protection. For example, a hacker can identify the data provider and even the geographic location of his victim. This information is passed during a P2P call.
detailsTo benefit from this protection, you must activate the feature.
- Why doesn’t WhatsApp automatically activate this additional protection? The app wants to let users choose for themselves. Without that extra protection, they enjoy a better experience.
specific: “IP Protection during Calls routes calls through WhatsApp’s servers, so others can’t see your IP address or track your general location. This new feature provides an additional level of privacy and security, and is especially relevant for our users who care deeply about protecting their privacy.
How to activate?
- The first thing you should do, of course, is to check if the application is up to date.
- Once done, go to “Settings” then “Privacy” then “Advanced” and activate the option.
attention: Activating this setting reduces call quality. Therefore, users must choose between confidentiality and call quality.
- All group chats are sent through WhatsApp servers by default. So, they are already secured. The new setting only applies to conversations between two people.
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