With millions of people falling victim to phishing scams and losing money and personal data, it’s no surprise that these scams are 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 allows users to easily block a contact without having to open the message first, which 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 as cybercriminals send messages that appear 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 selecting the “lock screen” option on the phone’s home screen. On the lock screen, users now have the option to reply and add the contact