Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, has developed a new feature to protect its users from phishing attempts on the popular instant messaging platform. The new feature makes it easy for users to quickly block a contact without having to open the message first, which was not possible before. In addition to this, 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 to open the app by simply accessing their lock screen options. On the lock screen, users now have the option to reply and add the contact to their list or block and report the number. Additionally, access to safety tools is also readily available for any user who needs it.
This new feature is a positive step from Meta as it provides users with an easy way