The popular instant messaging app, WhatsApp, is stepping up efforts to make its app more safe has added two new security features in India. The Meta owned chatting app has rolled out flash calls and message level reporting features allowing users to verify tier identities while logging in with calls and will allow them to report specific messages rather than the entire chat or a user.
With the addition of two new security features, WhatsApp intends to improve users experience in the country. WhatsApp already has the SMS verification option available on its platform while the Flash call feature adds a second layer of protection. On the other hand, message level reporting allows Indian WhatsApp users to report a single message. These two new security features come along with the existing ones which are already available on the platform such as the ability to block contacts, disappearing messages, report user/chat, fingerprint/face unlock and end to end encryption.
Flash calls — as the name suggests the functionality will allow users to log into their accounts swiftly while leaving the old verification process of logging into the app via a 6-digit verification code sent on their phone for authentication. As we said before the automatic verification method overcall is an alternative to the existing verification procedure to get verified to log in to WhatsApp that is quick and easy.
With the use of the Flash Call, feature instant messaging all will call on your device and then automatically end the call. This method of verification to log in is safe and one cannot trick. As of now, this functionality is brought to Android users only.
Message level reporting -While message level reporting allows users to report a specific message. Previously WhatsApp users could only report a whole chat or a user account. They can do this by going to user details and scrolling all the way down to report or block them instantly. When it comes to message-level reporting one can do this by long-pressing any specific message to block or report a user.
Recently WhatsApp also released multi-device support for all the users. It cancels out the need for the users to access the app secondary device without having to get connected to an internet connection. This feature is now accessible to both Android and iOS users. But this function is accessible on your desktop or laptop via the WhatsApp web even if you do not have a smartphone.
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