Whatsapp had become the largest messaging platform all around the world in all mobile OS like Android, Windows, iOS and Blackberry phone. Statistic shows that in August 2014 there are more than 600 million monthly active users and this service handles more than 600 million photo and 64 billion overall messages every day.
There are a lot of things in WhatApp which make us to love it, but it has its drawbacks too. Drawbacks like
By default, WhatsApp will automatically set your Privacy Settings to allow any WhatsApp user to view your last seen, profile photo and status. Due to this everyone knows exactly when you were online, and when their messages reached you
Your profile picture is visible to every person having your contact number and using this app, whether known by you or not.
So should you be worried about your privacy? There is some workout, you need to know about your privacy setting in WhatsApp.
Configure Privacy Settings:
Please note there is no way to hide your online status, but you can set who can see this status.
To change these settings, simply go to WhatsApp > Menu Button > Settings > Account > Privacy.
You can set the following options separately for last seen, profile photo and/or status.
Your last seen, profile photo and/or status will be available to all WhatsApp users.
Your last seen, profile photo and/or status will be available to your contacts from your address book only.
Your last seen, profile photo and/or status will not be available to anyone.
The Information WhatsApp Collects:
According to the Privacy Notice, WhatsApp collects user Provided Information such as your mobile phone number, push notification name and mobile device information to WhatsApp. Also cookies information and log file information is collected by WhatsApp.
But WhatsApp does not collect names, emails, addresses or other contact information from its users’ mobile address book or contact lists other than mobile phone numbers associate with WhatsApp. Also WhatsApp does not collect location data.
You can prevent a contact from sending you messages by adding their phone number to your Blocked list.
To block a contact on your Android phone:
Open WhatsApp and go to your Chats screen.
Tap the Menu Button > Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked Contacts.
This page displays all contacts that you have blocked.
Tap the Add blocked contacts icon in the top right.
Take care while switch phone number:
WhatsApp has a privacy weakness that occurs when users switch their phone numbers. Information about users is stored on servers and can then be accidentally downloaded onto the phones of people who take this number and who don’t own the accounts.
According to WhatsApp, when an account is inactive for 45 days it will disconnects the account from the old phone number and deletes the user’s messages and profile information. But for safeguard, that you delete your accounts before switch to a new number, or to transfer the account from your old number to the new one.